Thursday, March 17, 2016

US Foreign Policy Problem in the Middle East

Policy problem is define by Anderson in his (2015) book as a condition or situation that produces needs or dissatisfaction among people and for which relief or redress by governmental action is sought, or as Guess, G. M., Famham, and P. G (2011), explained it is any issues affecting the public in relation to which funds may be spent, or legislation or regulation may be enacted to solve the problem.
In other words it is the unintended consequences of policy carry out to resolve certain issues, but resulted being a problem for another ones that was not intended for. And without a doubt in my understanding it is blowbacks generated by failed consideration of consequences or by surprises brought by policy problems.
For instant the neocon foreign policy fiasco in the Middle East was one example of failure of a foreign policy makers from the get go. The US imposed “regime change” to oust dictators out from power in the name of democracy failed miserably.
It is a disastrous policy still lingering with us with no answers to the question to why policy makers haven’t thought “displacements, replacement”, dialectical relation that when you remove something you must replace it with something, the neocon foreign policy gurus failed to realize that part of policy conundrum.
The US, its western allies failed miserably about what to do to replace the decadent, discarded system of government they have fought very hard and destroyed. Instead the west left a power vacuums, created an environment conducive enough to breed extreme elements with deadly ideological venom, competing for power, and challenged the west civilizational way of living.
The United States failed Middle East foreign policy resulted in producing so-called ISIS or ISL as we speak, the west response to tam down the rise of extremists groups was inadequate, and dull.
The US, its western allies as external factors, stakeholders in the export of democracy, regime change policy in the Middle East, without looking and considering the internal factors, of stakeholders wants was ill conceived, and utter nonsense.
In short democracy cannot be imposed from the above, internal situation must match the external situation, for a good democratic process outbreak to happened the centrifugal forces must be ready, otherwise centripetal forces would not succeed in their attempt to breakdown the core. That’s what we have been witnessing in the Middle East.
By Gilo Amhare, founder, editor of Ajumhara Journal of Politics.

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