US President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address foresees decades of conflict and instability throughout the world, says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.
He made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Obama’s warning that “instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world – in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, in parts of Central America, in Africa, and Asia.”
“Last week, US President Obama gave his final State of the Union Address before both Houses of the US Congress. In it he laid out the context and principles of US foreign policy for the next few decades. It is a recipe for continued war and chaos throughout the world,” said Etler, who is a professor of anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.
“He explicitly states, ‘Our foreign policy hast to be focused on the threat from ISIL and al-Qaeda, but it can’t stop there. For even without ISIL, even without al-Qaeda, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world — in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, in parts of Central America, in Africa, and Asia.’ That is in all parts of the world that challenge US imperialist hegemony,” the analyst said.
Obama makes self-fulfilling prophecy
“What Obama is saying here is that the so-called ‘War on Terror’ against the likes of al-Qaeda and ISIL, two terrorist organizations that the US itself helped launch and fund, is not enough. For he goes on to make a self-fulfilling prophecy that, ‘Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks. Others will just fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. The world will look to us to help solve these problems, and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet-bomb civilians,’” Professor Etler stated.
“In these very telling remarks Obama makes the confession that the US under his and previous administrations has engaged in ‘tough talk’ and has committed crimes against humanity by ‘carpet bombing civilians.’ He goes on to say that, ‘We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis,’ and he further notes that, ‘we should have learned it (that lesson) by now.’
“In plain talk what Obama is saying is that the US can no longer intervene and occupy recalcitrant nations that defy US dictates with impunity in order to make them into willing US vassals. That strategy has failed. It has created more problems for US imperialism than it has solved.”
How US seeks to maintain hegemony
“So how is the US to maintain its position in the world? Well, Obama clearly lays it on the line for all to see. Instead of trying to solve the world’s problems with win-win projects like China’s New Silk Road he foresees a world in which, ‘instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world,’” Professor Etler said.
“This is the world the US has created and will continue to promote using its terrorist proxies, fifth columns, and separatist agitators. It allows the US to implement its program for the rest of the 21st century, to quote, ‘on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight’ and ‘that’s why we built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy.’
“In this bald statement of intent, endorsed by both leading Democratic candidates for the US presidency, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Obama clearly reveals the US imperialist strategy for the foreseeable future, enlist US allies to do its dirty work and engage in economic warfare and diplomatic lawfare to accomplish its objective of global hegemony.”
US prescription for world’s problems
Professor Etler said, “In order to do that the US realizes that it must do all in its power so that ‘China does not set the rules,’ or it could be added Russia or anyone else. Before the eyes of the world Obama states what everyone should have understood decades ago, ‘Leadership means a wise application of military power, and rallying the world behind causes that are right. It means seeing our foreign assistance as a part of our national security, not something separate, not charity.’
“Yes, according to the US it is, as Teddy Roosevelt the first imperial president so clearly stated, necessary to ‘speak softly but carry a big stick.’ That is the US prescription for all the world’s problems, ‘the wise application of military force.’ And to achieve what objective? Namely ‘seeing our foreign assistance as a part of our national security, not something separate, not charity.’
“So foreign policy is not about helping the world develop economically and sustainably so that all benefit. No it’s all about, ‘opportunity and security for our families, a rising standard of living, a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids.’ It’s all about ‘us,’ the US, while the rest of the world is condemned to decades of war, terror and instability in order to allow the US to continue to prosper. Or at least, that is how Obama and the rest of the ruling elite in the US see it.”