29/04/2016 by Don Quijones
While President Obama recently vowed to veto a bill offering families of victims of 9/11 the chance to seek justice from foreign governments that may be complicit, outrage largely centered on the families — for the most part ignoring what the veto intimated. Though designed to lift immunity from the litigation traditionally provided to parties culpable in terror attacks — specifically, attacks on U.S. soil, and specifically in this case, Saudi Arabia — the bill could feasibly expose the U.S. to the same.
And therein lies the problem. Because, as Lee Camp wryly highlighted onRedacted Tonight recently, the United States government nefariously meddles in global affairs — often employing terroristic tactics or direct acts of terrorism for hegemonic, imperialistic goals.
To wit, Camp’s critique of U.S. violent hegemony includes a rundown of 30 examples — a telling figure in itself — but his list constitutes an exceedingly limited overview of the stultifying hubris of American foreign policy, past and present. Is there any doubt why Obama and a bipartisan Congress sought to withhold potential justice for loved ones of victims from September 11, 2001?
Sure, the Saudis threatened to yank three-quarters of a trillion dollars in U.S. assets from the already fragile economy should Obama pass the bill — but, in consideration of the aforementioned meddling, this political and economic blackmail appears an awfully convenient excuse for a veto.
As indicated in the length of the following far-from-complete list, the number of violent interventions the United States government would have to explain makes apparent Obama’s desire to veto this bill.
- The Korean War
- The Vietnam War
- The overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1953
- The Bay of Pigs
- The 1963 coup in Indonesia
- The bombing of Cambodia in 1969
- Bombing in Laos 1971 – 1973
- Chilean coup in 1973 (the “other 9/11”)
- The Contra invasions in Nicaragua (Iran-Contra Affair)
- Libya 1986
- Bolivia 1986
- Iran 1987 (and downing of Iranian civilian airline 1988)
- Libya 1989
- Panama (1989)
- Iraq 1990 (Kuwait)
- Somalia in the 1990s (i.e. Black Hawk Down)
- Yugoslavia (Croatia and Bosnia)
- Haiti in 1994
- Bombing Sudan in 1998
- Afghanistan in 1998 and 2001
- Yemen in 2002 until … ?
- Iraq 2003
- Colombia (2003)
- Haiti in 2004 (Coup d’Etat)
- Pakistan (partly in 2005)
- Somalia in 2006
- Syria beginning 2011 through recent expansion in 2016
- Iraq War No. 3