Noam Chomsky on America’s Real Foreign Policy


America’s Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force

Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting?

by Noam Chomsky

US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr / cc / MATEUS_27:24&25)The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs.  In these comments, I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored, keeping to the United States for several reasons.  First, the U.S. is unmatched in its global significance and impact.  Second, it is an unusually open society, possibly uniquely so, which means we know more about it.  Finally, it is plainly the most important case for Americans, who are able to influence policy choices in the U.S. — and indeed for others, insofar as their actions can influence such choices.  The general principles, however, extend to the other major powers, and well beyond.

There is a “received standard version,” common to academic scholarship, government pronouncements, and public discourse.  It holds that the prime commitment of governments is to ensure security, and that the primary concern of the U.S. and its allies since 1945 was the Russian threat.

There are a number of ways to evaluate the doctrine.  One obvious question to ask is: What happened when the Russian threat disappeared in 1989?  Answer: everything continued much as before.

The U.S. immediately invaded Panama, killing probably thousands of people and installing a client regime. This was routine practice in U.S.-dominated domains — but in this case not quite as routine. For first time, a major foreign policy act was not justified by an alleged Russian threat.

Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America.  Also ignored was the U.S. veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by U.S. troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining.

All routine.  And all forgotten (which is also routine).

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© 2014 Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (retired) at MIT. He is the author of many books and articles on international affairs and social-political issues, and a long-time participant in activist movements. His most recent books include:  Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire (with interviewer David Barsamian), Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance, Hopes and Prospects, and Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order. Previous books include: 9-11: 10th Anniversary EditionFailed StatesWhat We Say Goes (with David Barsamian), Hegemony or Survival, and the Essential Chomsky.

This article appeared July 1 on Tom Dispatches and Common Dreams

One thought on “Noam Chomsky on America’s Real Foreign Policy

  1. America has given their approval for the newly drafted military policy, in their original surrender agreement America agreed to provide Japan protection of being invaded. But now U.S. is ganging up with Japan to prevent China from growing any further, forgetting what they both agreed in the agreement they both signed 60 years ago. Now who is being provocative ? As though having stations surrounding China in Asia aren’t enough they are now openly ganging up with Japan just to provoke China If both these two partners in crime are not careful with what they are up to and keep spending monies they don’t have, it wouldn’t be long before they both will be in very serious financial troubles. Or are they trying to impede the people of the world from knowing the kind of real bullies and beasts they really are ! One a big brother attitude and the other a bloody sex hungry people they really are !

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