Eland, Ivan (August 8, 2014) “Blowback from further U.S intervention in Iraq” Retrieved November 20,2015 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/blowback-from-further-us_b_5668692.html
This article talks about how the United States intervention in other countries can lead to blowback and will only make things worse. The articles says that politicians are always so eager to spend soldiers and taxpayer dollars on interventionist fiascos such as what has happened with the war on terror and in the middle east. A great example this article provides is the 2003 invasion of Iraq which only made the situation a lot worse because it lead to the creation of other Islamic groups. After the invasion a lot of people rose in resistance to the United States occupying their country.
I chose this article because I believe that sometimes the United States uses its power to be the policeman of the world by trying to spread freedom and democracy. Making the world a better place is something we should all strive for and of course intervention is sometimes necessary for example, if we are ever attacked than we certainly have the right to defend ourselves, but using force against another country by intervening is something they will usually object to just as we would if someone took control over our country. Many countries have also been known to object our embassies that we have across the world because they feel that is a way for us to expand our power throughout other countries. The article also does a great job of listing the consequences that our interventionist foreign policy that expands our military power has created such as the rise of radical Islam and terrorist attacks. Usually the politicians that vote for intervention have little to no experience in foreign policy. It also explains that when the United States takes out a leader mostly an evil dictator it usually never works because it leads to the rise of even more radical and ruthless leaders as it happened in Iraq when we took down Saddam Hussein. The simple message that is provided from this article is that people do not like having their country occupied by a foreign invading force and the result of that is more attacks.
When I first read this article I was shocked to find out that our intervention usually does more harm than good. I was also shocked at reading the consequences that our intervention has created and how much blowback we have received for our actions which most of our actions are arguably unnecessary. Interventions and military expansions such as the Vietnam civil war has caused great consequences and many protests here at home as it states in the article “Civil rights, Vietnam and a decade of protests.” We should be careful and think of any possible consequences that intervention may bring.