Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 14 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 7/7/16

How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Message John Kiriakou
Become a Fan
  (41 fans)

Reprinted from Truthdig

The Brexit vote will affect the global balance of powers.
The Brexit vote will affect the global balance of powers.
(Image by (YouTube))
  Details   DMCA

British voters' decision to leave the European Union last week caused panic in world financial markets, with stocks dropping like a stone around the world. The British pound and the euro sank, and many "experts" lamented the beginning of the end of the EU. Maybe it's true that Brexit will lead to a period of instability in stock markets, currencies and European politics. But there's a bigger issue at play -- European foreign policy in support of U.S. interventions around the world.

As Chris Hedges eloquently noted in a recent Truthdig column, the U.K. is generally viewed as the closest ally of the United States. Washington uses that relationship to push its foreign policy under the guise of European and Western unity.

Is Libya falling apart? The U.S. and EU intervene, and it's all a show of unity.

The U.S. identifies a ragtag handful of Syrian "moderates," and the next thing you know, the entire alliance is wasting its resources arming them.

The U.S. wants to put a yes-man in power in Ukraine, and the EU nods silently in assent.

But that's not a working alliance. That's neoliberalism run amok. That's Washington using its big stick on its friends.

The mainstream media has made a great deal of Brexit being the result of British reaction against immigration. That's a shallow and not terribly analytic assessment. The truth is that Washington selfishly needs a unified EU to help fight its wars around the world. It needs the British to lean on other European countries to do its bidding.

But many Brits said no. They no longer want their troops committed to fighting in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. They no longer want to intervene in places like Libya, Syria and Ukraine. They no longer want to be the U.S. mouthpiece in Europe. They no longer want to take their marching orders on defense and foreign affairs from Washington.

Now they don't have to. The "special relationship" notwithstanding, the EU no longer will have to follow Brits down the rabbit hole when the White House says to do so. Now the Germans, Italians, French, Spanish, Greeks and other EU members can tell Barack Obama and whoever comes after him to go fly a kite when it's time to wage war on somebody new.

The only shame is that, at least in this election cycle, Americans won't have the same choice. Donald Trump already has promised the American people that he will bring back torture and that he will "get tough" with friends and enemies alike. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has never seen a war she didn't love and want to fund. Both a Trump and a Clinton foreign policy would be an extension of the Obama foreign policy, which, frankly, has been nothing more than an extension of the George W. Bush foreign policy.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are fighting the good fight. Johnson especially may have an opportunity to be a player in this election. His anti-interventionist campaign is consistently pulling 10 percent or more in major national polls. But our next president is going to be Trump or Clinton.

This year was the end of politics as usual in the U.K., whether or not one agrees with the decision to leave the EU. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Must Read 3   Well Said 3   Supported 3  
Rate It | View Ratings

John Kiriakou Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

John Kiriakou spent 14 years at the CIA and two years in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the agency's use of torture. He served on John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee for two years as senior investigator into the Middle (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Forcing the Innocent to Plead Guilty, an American Disgrace

Brennan and Clapper Should Not Escape Prosecution

An Incompetent FBI Dropped the Ball on Syed Farook

If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, So Should Whistleblowers

Time for Trump To Do the Right Thing on Immigration

The US Postal Service Is Spying On Us

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend