The US has been in the intervention business for many years and it only gets worse with each passing year. But the problem is that this country has learned very little with each intervention……and we blunder off into yet another quagmire.
There are some simple rules for intervention and I mean a successful intervention….something the US has yet to master.
These rules were recently published in the American Conservative…….
After trillions of dollars spent, thousands of dead and wounded, and the creation of myriad new terrorist enemies, Washington could learn a few lessons when considering future interventions.
1. Do not attempt to establish multi-ethnic democracies in nations with no traditions of limited government. Each faction believes that “an alien master is worst of all” and dreads the certain prospect of total subordination to the election victors. Do not foster electoral ceremonies where freedom from fear and the rule of law are absent: they beget, at best, the democratic centralism of Lenin. Never propagate civil wars: the revenge killings last for a hundred years.
These are some simple rules that should be taught at the War College…after all it is they that carry out all the orders to intervene….
What is it that Einstein had to say about doing things?