"Now is the time...for Babylon to fall"
~Aswad, "Three Babylon"
The very cautiously tepid attempts of the Obama foreign policy team to give the appearance of being a sea change from the strident genocidal maniacs of their predecessors are a sure sign that U.S. foreign policy is still firmly plowing down the same disastrous path at nearly the same speed. The Neocon agenda is the de facto bipartisan agenda of our foreign policy, which is largely controlled by two main forces, transnational capital and Zionism. That much has not changed one bit and until it does, there will be nothing to celebrate for the long suffering of the world.
So it is safe to assume that all the worst aspects of our entanglements in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be brought to any real conclusion in the next decade, or longer. More blood and treasure will be lost in the drifting sands of time. New fronts will open up with new conflicts as regions are made safe for those who control the flow of international capital. Meanwhile, there are some positive developments in Africa and Latin America where democracy continues apace in providing change we can actually believe in.
The repressive policies of the IMF and World Bank that caused so many financial meltdowns in Africa and Latin America, the so called "emerging nations", are being soundly rejected and sent to the dustbin of history. These nations are now truly emerging as they throw out the representatives of corrupt oligarchy and the policies of their puppetmasters. For the first time since the Monroe Doctrine, we are actually letting the people decide how they shall be governed without invasions, coups and assassinations in our self-annointed sphere of influence. We have gone an entire 5 years without forcing a coup in this hemisphere! An incredibly long time for us. Perhaps we are finally reaching a new level of maturity and "leaving such childish things behind"?
If only we would be as wise and mature in our dealings with the problems in the Mid-East.