The Trump Administration is on a quest to redefine “Human Rights” around the world, after decades of U.S. Foreign Policy from both parties targeting the world’s most vulnerable populations and creating death, destruction and poverty in the name of “Freedom and Democracy.”
On today’s edition of ‘Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?’ the Trump Administration is moving forward with plans to redefine what constitutes a human rights violation—so that the rest of the world can “get on board” with U.S. Standards. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims he wants to promote a “moral foreign policy,” which sounds great on the surface. But as we all know, the best way to predict future behavior is to take a look at past behavior. So, let’s look at the last two decades of U.S. Foreign Policy:
It started with the “War on Terror,” which was used to justify the invasions of Afghanistan and then Iraq—two wars that are still going on to this day. In Afghanistan, the death toll has reached nearly 100,000, opium production has increased drastically, and the Taliban is now stronger than they have been at at point since the war began. In Iraq, the claim of weapons of mass destruction turned out to be a lie, yet still the war carried on and the death toll from the first decade of the U.S. invasion in Iraq reached 500,000 in 2013.
Then the U.S. decided Libya needed “freedom and democracy,” and what resulted was death and destruction, followed by violence that still plagues the war-torn country to this dar, and poverty that is so bad, Libya literally has a slave trade in 2020. The US then used similar tactics in Syria, where it did not succeed in overthrowing the country’s government, but it did create death, destruction, poverty—and the rise of ISIS. Next, the US decided to help its close ally Saudi Arabia wage war in Yemen, where the result was literally the worst humanitarian crisis in the world that is still going on today.
While some would argue that President Trump did not start those wars, therefore he shouldn’t be included—he also did not end the wars or bring our troops home when he got into office. Instead, Trump actually increased bombing in a number of countries at levels that hadn’t been seen in years, and it resulted in mass civilian casualties. Trump also implemented massive sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, and as we all know, sanctions always hit a country’s poorest citizens the hardest.
Not only has the US been responsible for countless human rights abuses over the last 20 years, and no one has been held accountable for it, but it has created so much damage and destruction that it is the last country that should be giving lectures on human rights—and that is something everyone should be talking about.