If we were to honestly reflect on current U.S. foreign policy we would see it is marked by perplexity and indecisiveness born of confusion.
For we are at once professing on the one hand our belief in freedom and democracy while at the same time exercising our hegemony and imperialism worldwide.
Since the end of World War II and the onset of the cold war, in the name of deterrence and maintaining stability, we have backed dictatorships throughout the world that have oppressed and suppressed their own people. During the cold war these tyrants received our material (read military hardware) support if they opposed "Communism". With the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, "terrorism" became our new "bogeyman" so a dictatorial regimes allegiance to the U.S. required they join our "war on terrorism" and oppose radical Islamist, fundamentalist Jihadist terrorism even if that meant repression against its own people.
Now with the grass roots populist uprisings occurring throughout the Arab world, successfully overthrowing dictators (we formally supported) in Tunisia and Egypt, most probably soon in Yemen, continuing in Bahrain, erupting in Syria and now with the U.N. authorized military action in Libya with U.S. engagement against Qaddafi's forces, the question begs; what exactly is U.S. foreign policy (more on this later in this piece)?
For it is amazing that in this ongoing Arab "spring", with all the people inspired indigenous rebellions occurring against their oppressive dictators, the resistors link nothing to terrorism and more significantly make no mention of U.S. ties and support of ALL these dictators by us!
These rebellions expose the U.S. "war on terrorism" as a sham, a contrived, absurd and unnecessary sideshow masking U.S. imperialism and hegemony, a policy that has resulted in the destruction and destabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan, the undermining of the government in Pakistan and made Yemen a potential candidate for civil war.
Yet the current peoples inspired rebellion in Yemen is also a grass roots revolution against a President Saleh who has lost all credibility with the Yemeni people with his violent crackdown and measures that saw the indiscriminate killing of some 45 protestors by his forces this past weekend. His days in power seem numbered as the top General of the Army and scores of Yemeni diplomats openly joining the people's rebellion.
Curiously, the U.S. has been mostly mute on the revolution in Yemen particularly with the rebellion in Libya (and the recent U.N. authorized military action against Muammar Qaddafi's forces) taking center stage.
Yet Yemen's Saleh has been a co-conspirator (as revealed by WikiLeaks) in U.S. missile attacks and drone strikes against "terrorists" (which of course kill innocents in the process) when he stated, "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours" (as said to General Patreous).
So with Saleh's likely fall from power just where will U.S. policy be vis-à-vis the people's rebellion juxtaposed to our continuing undeclared, clandestine war on terrorism in the hinterlands of that country?
And of course "terrorists" are not a part of the people's rebellion in Yemen, a situation that is mirrored in all the popular uprisings in the Arab world.
So if for nothing else, with all these people inspired, grass roots rebellions in the Arab Muslim world, which have NOTHING to do with terrorism, shouldn't U.S. policy makers reflect and reconsider WHY we need to continue our wars and occupations and WHY we need to keep fighting an endless "war on terrorism"?
Is that too much to ask?