All the countries US has “regime changed” descended into brutal chaos

All the countries US has “regime changed” descended into brutal chaos
Tue Jul 29, 2014 19:27:19

Since 2001, the US has undertaken regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; all 3 countries are now in chaos and extremists are more in control than ever.

The WashingtonsBlog has taken a look into the current situation of several countries where the US has changed their governments and are now being threatened by extremist militants more than ever.


In Iraq, hardcore extremists known as ISIL have taken over much of the country – as the new “Islamic State” or self-described caliphate – using captured American weapons.


Libya has also descended into absolute chaos. Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya.  Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was toppled.

According to Amnesty International, the “mounting curbs on freedom of expression are threatening the rights Libyans sought to gain“. A repressive Gaddafi-era law has been amended to criminalize any insults to officials or the general national congress (the interim parliament).

Under militia rule, Libya is beginning to disintegrate.

One of the great perversities of the so-called war on terror is that fundamentalist radical forces have flourished as a direct consequence of it. Libya is no exception, even though such movements often have little popular support.

Ominously, Libya’s chaos is spilling across the region. The country is awash with up to 15 million rifles and other weapons, and a report by the UN panel of experts this month found that “Libya has become a primary source of illicit weapons“. These arms are fuelling chaos in 14 countries, including Somalia, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and Niger.

There is a real prospect of the country collapsing into civil war or even breaking up. Unless there are negotiated settlements to its multiple problems, Libya will surely continue its descent into mayhem, and the region could be dragged into the mire with it.

28-year CIA veteran Paul Pillar – who rose to be one of the agency’s top analysts – wrote in May:

Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states have evacuated their diplomats from Libya, the United States is preparing for possible evacuation of US personnel, and the country appears on the brink of a larger civil war.

The intervention already has negatively affected US interests, particularly in providing a disincentive to other regimes to do what Gaddafi did in negotiating an end to involvement in terrorism and an end to production of unconventional weapons.

And things have only gotten worse since then.

It should be remembered that the US helped sew the seeds of chaos in several ways.  Not only did we engage in direct military intervention against Gadafi, but also – as confirmed by a group of CIA officers –armed Al Qaeda so that they would help topple Gaddafi.)


In Afghanistan opium production is at an all-time high under the American occupation of Afghanistan.

And the New York Times reports this week that the Taliban are currently making huge gains in Afghanistan … in some cases expanding even beyond their traditional areas of influence prior to 2001.


In Syria, the US has heavily backed the radical militants in Syria in an attempt to implement regime change in that country.  The result?
The radical have taken a third of the country as part of their “caliphate”.

And the extremists are now busily crucifying, beheading and slitting the throats of everyone opposing them.

Haven’t These Wars Made It Safer at Home?

But haven’t all of these wars made it safer here at home?   Nope … a top Pentagon officials says we’re no safer – and perhaps less safe – after 13 years of war.

As we’ve pointed out for almost a decade, security experts – conservative hawks and liberal doves alike – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism.

Regime Support

But the US doesn’t always back regime change. Sometimes we work to support regimes …

… Unfortunately, they tend to be some of the most brutal tyrannies on the planet.

Postscript:  We can probably add Ukraine to the list of regime changed countries falling into chaos and murderous extremism, given that:

• The US State Department spent more than $5 billion dollars in pushing Ukraine away from Russia;

• The US ambassador to Ukraine (Geoffrey Pyatt) and assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) were recorded plotting the downfall of the former Ukraine government in a leaked recording;

Top-level US officials literally handed out cookies tothe protesters who overthrew the Ukrainian government;

• The US has been backing –militarily as well as monetarily –the Neo-Nazis who have plunged the country into chaos.


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