Writing in Foreign Policy Journal on April 21, Falk slammed what he called “the American global domination project” — and concluded it is “bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.” In fact, he said, “in some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink U.S. relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East.”
Falk summarized the consequences of what he referred to as “the failed wars” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not only did those wars devastate those countries, while adding nothing to American security, but, he pointed out, “these unlawful wars wasted trillions expended over the several years during which many Americans were enduring the hardships and pain of the deepest economic recession since the 1930s.”
Republicans — typically — are up in arms over Falk’s assessment, demanding Falk be ousted from his UN post, but the no-nonsense professor has not spared Obama from criticism either.
Referring to what he calls Obama’s “obsequious diplomacy” and “backpedaling” in dealing with Israel, Falk said that although some at first saw signs Obama might be moving to put a brake on Israel, “it seems that Obama has given up altogether, succumbing to the Beltway ethos of ‘Israel first’.”
While Obama and the American foreign policy elite initially appeared to be moving away from “irresponsible and unlawful warfare” as “the centerpiece of America’s foreign policy” — the hallmark of the George W. Bush era — this is unfortunately, in Falk’s estimation, “far from a certainty.”
Right now, noted Falk, “the war drums are beating . . . in relation to both North Korea and Iran, and as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.”
Noting that “bipartisan support for maintaining the globe-girdling geopolitics runs deep in the body politic, and is accompanied by the refusal to admit the evidence of national decline,” Falk contended that “the signature irony is that the more America’s decline is met by a politics of denial, the more rapid and steep will be the decline, and the more abrupt and risky will be the necessary shrinking of the global leadership role so long played by the United States.”
Despite media and government elites continuing to defend American globalism, Falk sees some signs that grassroots Americans are waking up to the dangers and are beginning a “long-overdue” reflection on America’s role in the world.
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Michael Collins Piper is the author of Final
, the controversial
“underground bestseller” documenting
the collaboration of Israeli intelligence in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is
also the author of The New Babylon
High Priests of War
New Jerusalem: Zionist Power in America
Judas Goats: The Enemy Within
Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-Up in
the 20th Century, The
GOLEM: Israel's Hell Bomb
These works can
be found at America
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He has lectured
on suppressed topics in places as diverse as
Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
(Issue Number 20, May 20, 2013,