Is the Middle East better off with the presence of the United States in the region? Where are the thriving "democracies" that the United States claimed to want to create there with the invasion of Iraq in 2003? But, more to the point, who asked the United States to come into the region and play social engineering experiment to begin with?
Americanism is this idea that this "American way of life" is an ideal way of life that the "undeveloped" (non-Western, that is to say) nations should adopt. Because Americans feel that "regime change" (ushered in by U.S. military firepower) will bring such great democracies to the region. This is basically one of the pillars of American imperialism as a whole. Americanism has killed more human beings on this planet since the year 2000 than any other idea. Every problem in the Middle East today can be traced directly back to its source in Washington DC.
The United States has not been invited into the Middle East through some collective vote by everyone in the region. I seriously doubt the United States could ever win such a vote. Because truth reveals the very thing the United States does not wish the rest of the world to see: The United States itself is a deeply fractured, dysfunctional society that knows less about "democracy" than it does of the Middle East.
How can the United States think the Middle East has not seen decades of American television which depict fractured, dysfunctional families that continually insult one another as something to laugh about and enjoy as "comedy"? Why would anyone want to import this into their own culture? Poverty and homelessness are seen on American television along with the privileged few living alone in 40 room mansions and yet the United States applauds this as an ideal society. How does the United States then tell the world its way is superior or better?
In truth, there are more than a few countries that certainly do not want any so-called "American way of life" imported into their societies. Now, the United States likes to call such nations "backwards" or "primitive" and point out alleged social inequalities in those countries. Yet, this is coming from a nation who is one of the last to not offer universal health care to its own citizens. This is coming from a nation with millions of its own citizens living in poverty, which its own government admits. This is coming from a nation whose president wants to build a replica of the Berlin Wall on its border with Mexico. How can the United States presume to lecture the world about the superiority of its system?
Even many American liberals right now act like all the problems suddenly manifested with the election of Trump. No. Trump is merely the newest face of American hypocrisy. But this hypocrisy has gone on and on for decades, through American imperialism, "regime change" (imperialism), and American corporations who bring the forces of economic imperialism into nations under guise of "a better way of life". In fact, these corporations have given little to the United States itself but income inequality, gutted cities, mediocrity, monopoly, and political corruption via funding candidates. How can the United States offer something better to other countries when it delivers nothing whatsoever of the sort to its own citizens?
Many people in the United States think the entire Middle East is just crying out for Walmart, McDonalds, Starbucks, and so on. Which, of course, will arrive via the great "freedom" brought in courtesy of a war begun by the United States. Or one the United States funds and arms. How can peace be ushered in by the endless chain of wars the United States instigates in the Middle East? But, more to the point, who said the United States even has the right to interfere in the sovereignty of Middle Eastern nations to begin with? The United States has not been invited into the Middle East. No one said come in and cause hundreds of thousands of people to die so we can eat Big Macs and drink lattes at Starbucks. No one said that. Except maybe propaganda coming from the CIA.
Americans need to let go of this idea that the "American way of life" is the best. It isn't. Americans need to let go of the idea that the entire world wants to live like Americans. They don't. And America itself needs to let go of this idea we can run the whole world. We can't. And we haven't got the moral credibility to even run our own country decently anymore. Because we have the resources to take care of everyone here. And we don't.
Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.