Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
American Political Elite Never Admit Wrongdoing:
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 8, 2011
An America that’s never wrong
takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
Patriotism consists not in waving
the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as
strong. --James Bryce
Americans won't like this. Practically everyone else
will: Americans simply can never admit they were wrong.
wars--from Vietnam to Afghanistan have accomplished nothing but increasing
enemies toward American arrogance.
Nothing could have been more
misguided than the Iraq war, based on a mythical collection of WMDs. The
lie, the war and the occupation cost the lives of 4,801 Americans plus 179
UK lives and the death of 1,455,590 Iraqis. The WMD's never existed.
Instead of an admission that the Iraq debacle was wrong, the fraudsters made
lame excuses in attempts to exonerate themselves.
"There is nothing
less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children,
unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to
'Americanize' him," wrote American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley.
On November 28th, a NATO air attack killed at least two dozen Pakistani
soldiers. Instead of admitting that they were wrong, the US military
suggested that the Pakistanis shot first.
Said Fred Branfman about
the incident, "Short-sighted U.S. policy is creating a national security
disaster in Pakistan." Instead of apologizing and admitting to a mistake,
"The U.S. policy of trying to win in tiny
Afghanistan by extending its war-making into giant, nuclear-armed
Pakistan--including drone strikes, cross-border raids, illegal U.S. ground
assassination... threatens the greatest U.S. foreign policy disaster....”
American arrogance has clearly found several avenues for acrimony. More
than 1,000 American military bases around the world has often been an
unwelcome embodiment of American military power.
Next, not only do
Americans display a belief in their superiority over other countries, their
leaders’ actions reveal an arrogant pre-eminence over the masses of the
In an earlier article, "Ruled by Arrogance", I
commented on an American tendency to discredit others' opinions with
forcefulness aimed at dominating those considered weaker or less important.
Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry faulted
a mixture of arrogance and audacity in the Obama administration:
This administration in Washington...clearly believes that government is not
only the answer to every need but it's the most qualified to make essential
decisions for every American in every area. That mix of arrogance and
audacity that guides the Obama administration is an affront to every
That’s the same Rick Perry who arrogantly
boasts about how great Texas has been with his governorship. In America, the
pot (Rick Perry) is expected to call the kettle (Barack Obama) black.
Paradoxically, another American presidential candidate, Rick Santorum
criticized President Obama for looking apologetic rather than being
Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's
arrogance before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices
of Americans--helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward
American values and traditions.
What American values and traditions
does Santorum believe become belittled by an apology uttered by an American
president? American arrogance!
Earlier, in April 2009, a number of
Republicans castigated President Obama for bowing before Saudi Arabia’s King
Abdullah. Though the White House denied it, the video of the meeting
provided enough fodder for Obama’s critics.
The arrogance of Obama’s
predecessor established a standard of American presidential behaviour that
those following the Bush adminstration should not deviate from.
America has a history of arrogance reflected in racial and gender supremacy.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) provides an example of a superior white attitude
reflected in American slavery.
In a country full of misogyny, it's
ironic that Americans now belittle countries whose men treat women as lesser
If it's difficult to convince most Americans that they are
guided by undeserved arrogance, those who know it seem undisturbed by it.
As I mentioned in an earlier article, “Look closely enough and you'll
find groups in any country who believe they are superior to all others.”
When the political elite assume they are
superior to others, and when the media elite behave as if America is better
than others, they flaunt a dangerously endemic model of
The problems come
when the "others" resist being disadvantaged.