What goes around comes around…
Former NY Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs to discuss his new book Two Brothers, the story of John Foster Dulles, Alan Dulles and their secret World War.
Kinzer looks at the lives of the Dulles brothers, who were unelected but served the United States government in many ways. He thinks that their legacy has been forgotten, but he’s using their story as a framework to discuss why American intervenes so often in foreign affairs with covert military operations.
Dobbs and Kinzer discuss Eisenhower and how he and the Dulles brothers never understood how blowback would have a terrible effect on American security for years, or even decades later. They talk about how John F. Kennedy‘s Bay of Pigs disaster showed how negative the foreign policy impacts of intervention could be, and they look at the overthrow of Iran in 1953 leading to the revolution that put the Mullahs into power.
Would we have so many enemies today if we didn’t intervene so frequently in foreign affairs? Perhaps if we had followed the advice of our sixth President of the United States we might not have so many problems today?
“[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit….” –John Quincy Adams