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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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US foreign policy propel nations into the crosshairs of wars

Feb 2

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On Jan. 28, three U.S. soldiers were killed and dozens were injured when a drone struck a military outpost in Jordan. The Middle East currently hosts approximately 30,000 U.S. troops, with American military leaders deploying additional forces since the start of the Israel-Hamas War in October 2023.

U.S. troops serve various roles in different countries. In Iraq and Syria, their mission is to “maintain pressure on Iran,” while in Qatar and the U.A.E. — two of America’s key military allies in the Arab world — they maintain a presence primarily to engage as required in regional operations.

Straight Arrow News contributor Dr. Rashad Richey says the US must reassess its flawed foreign policies. He asserts that America’s involvement in ongoing international conflicts like the current Israel-Hamas War is a direct result of these “fragmented” policies.

Let’s broaden the conversation. Because you, me, us, we have a right to say something, You know why? Because our tax dollars, we are forced to fund these wars, we are forced to fund these policies that create wars. There’s a cause and effect relationship as to why there’s a level of escalation. Because we are in the region and our policies are antithetical to the policies of those who are locally in the region.

Now, if we go to tit for tat, meaning we engage in warfare, that’s making effect go against effect. You’re dealing with effect only now but you’re not dealing with the cause. The cause of this is our occupation in foreign territory. The cause of this is our fragmented international policy as it relates to conflict, resources, democracy — allegedly — and many other things.

Understanding a thing from its core is the best way to move forward. Because if we engage in war — which by the way, most Americans say they have no appetite for that, regardless of Democrat, Republican or independent, most Americans do not want a war, and I agree — in order to understand this new level of thinking, you must go to the cause. You got to go to the genesis of it. And if Biden or old-guard Republicans cannot understand this, from that very simple premise, wars are in our future. New leadership, or at least new thinking in old leadership, has to rise.

Okay, let’s talk about our international policy. You see, on January 29 2024, three reservist in the armed forces from the state of Georgia, near their deployment in North East Jordan, were killed by a drone strike. The story is still quite convoluted. While there’s a group saying the Iranians are responsible or Iranian-backed militia, the Iraqi government comes out and says no, the American government is saying this for their own political reasons. In the region, we do know that the drone that killed these three soldiers, well, that drone was not shot down because somehow it was mistaken to possibly be an American drone. And it got passed their security measures. Sergeant William Jerome Rivers was 46 years of age from Carrollton, Georgia. Specialist Kennedy laden Sanders, 24 years of age, from Waycross, Georgia. Specialist, Brianna, Alexandria, Moffett 23 years of age, from Savannah, Georgia, to hear their family members talk about how they expected them to come back. They’re reservist they’ve been deployed, they’ve had to leave before, and they always come back. This time they did not. So now you have casualties. What is war, I don’t give a damn how the media will contextualize it or what press release you may read and how its portrayed. War is very simple. It’s killing people and blowing things up. That’s called war. When you understand war for what it is, you realize, we are all ways in some proxy war on this planet. According to the reports, while the American government is saying this will not be tolerated, we will not stand for attacks on our soldiers. The soldiers are saying they’ve been attacked for six months. The attacks have been ongoing. This is the first time that a casualty has happened, at least, to acknowledge. Let’s broaden the conversation. Because you, me, us, we have a right to say something you know why? Because our tax dollars, we are forced to fund these wars, we are forced to fund these policies that create wars, there’s a cause and effect relationship as to why there’s a level of escalation because we are in the region. And our policies are antithetical to the policies of those who are locally in the region. Now, if we go to tit for tat, meaning we engage in warfare, that’s making effect go against effect, you’re dealing with effect only now. But you’re not dealing with the cause. The cause of this is our occupation. In foreign territory, the cause of this is our fragmented into national policy, as it relates to conflict, resources, democracy, allegedly, and many other things. Understanding a thing from his core is the best way to move forward. Because if we engage in war, which by the way, most Americans say they have no appetite for that, regardless of Democrat, Republican or independent, most Americans do not want a war and I agree. In order to understand this new level of thinking, you must go to the cause. You got to go to the genesis of it. And if Biden or old guard Republicans cannot understand this, from that very simple premise. Wars are in our future. New Leadership, or at least new thinking and old leadership has to rise

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