The US cannot solve all world problems


There is currently much discussion surrounding how the United States should respond to the ruthless and barbaric acts and ideology of ISIS. However, there is no talk about the origins of ISIS.

I believe many politicians and media outlets have either overlooked or refused to acknowledge some important information, which, if taken into consideration, might cause the United States to rethink its strategy of consistently intervening in countries across the globe.

The United States helped create ISIS. The truth hurts sometimes, but we must learn our history if we are to avoid repeating it.

In 2013, the United States reportedly delivered weapons, supplies and CIA-sponsored training to moderate rebels within the Free Syrian Army in an attempt to help the rebels overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This led to the rise of ISIS in 2014 as many factions within the Free Syrian Army pledged their services to the Islamic State, thus making the FSA one of the largest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS, according to Breitbart News.

What is even more concerning is that these consequences were not entirely unintended.

A recently declassified secret US Defense Intelligence Agency document, written in 2012, welcomed the possibility of an Al-Qaeda controlled Islamic state in Syria. The US document reported that Al-Qaeda was one of the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria and stated that western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey supported the opposition’s efforts to take control of Eastern Syria, according to Seumas Milne in an article written for The Guardian.

In other words, the United States and its allies wanted a fundamental Islamic group to take over in eastern Syria in order to overthrow Assad’s regime, according to Truth in Media.

This should be alarming to us. However, those who have kept up with United States foreign policy will not be surprised by U.S. efforts to force a regime change. Through the years, Republicans and Democrats have joined together in pursuing a strategy of violently overthrowing foreign governments that do not bow to their wishes, according to

In the 1980’s, the United States sent money and weapons to Osama Bin Laden and the Mujahideen to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, according to NBC News. The United States also helped put Saddam Hussein in power by helping him obtain chemical weapons during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980’s, according to PBS. These two evil men incited the United States into endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It’s time for the United States to stop being the policemen of the world. If the United States continues to disregard the reality of blowback and the unintended consequences that have come from intervening in other countries affairs, the propping up of ruthless dictators and terrorist groups, such as ISIS, will continue.

'The US cannot solve all world problems' have 4 comments

  1. December 3, 2015 @ 2:51 pm Matthew Stephens

    When two sides in a war are both bad, as is the case in Syria, we should stay out of it. We don’t need to ship weapons to our future enemies.


  2. December 3, 2015 @ 5:25 pm Amanda Goff

    Your thought process is good, however I think it is a little short sighted. People in the Middle East have been planning an overthrow of the Western world for decades. Situations have built to the point where knowledge of tactics and plans set in motion are coming to fruition. I compare ISIL to Gadianton robbers. If you look at the way they live and fight you will find many comparisons. I think no world government can fight ISIL without fighting as a truly God-lead and righteous people. We are not fighting people. We are fighting the influence of Satan. Unfortunately, this situation isn’t going to happen on a global or governmental level; we need to fight this war on an individual and family level.


  3. January 20, 2016 @ 10:25 am Katelyn Hicken

    Do you think the United States would’ve sent the arms had they known that they would late become dictators or terrorists? Absolutely not. The problem with your assertion is that if we don’t stand up to ISIS, Putin will and we don’t want the world in the palm of his hand because he’s not all that great either. America spends more money on defense than any other country and it’s for 2 reasons. One, ISIS and other terrorist groups hate Americans and want to kill us and two, we provide protection for a number of smaller countries who otherwise wouldn’t be able to defend themselves. If we just sit back and let someone else take care of it, what happens to the smaller countries who rely on us for defense? We can’t let ISIS or Russia go around bullying everyone else. Someone has to stand up to them so why not us? It’s a valiant and honorable cause and you’re making it sound like the U.S is helping create these groups knowingly and that’s not the case.


    • January 20, 2016 @ 12:09 pm Russel Choules

      As I stated in this article, the United States was okay with an Islamic group rising to power if it meant the overthrow of Assad’s regime. I believe we need to stop believing the United States always has the best of intentions. Much of the government is corrupt and run by special interest groups. There are companies that stand to make a whole lot of money of the business of war. Ron Paul recently said, “The neocons’ greatest fear is for peace to break out. Their well-paid jobs are dependent on conflict, sanctions, and pre-emptive war. They grow wealthy on conflict, which only drains our economy.” And even if as you say, the U.S. didn’t intend for these groups to rise up, history should be able to teach us what does and does not work when becoming involved overseas. There are many, many examples of foreign intervention gone wrong. I am all for having a strong defense. But I reject the notion that defense includes being the policeman of the world. And if we are to go to war, it should be done with a declaration from Congress as is outlined in the Constitution. Wars are easy to get into, but very hard to get out of. Lastly, I think we need to take a look at why foreign countries hate us so much. I find it very hard to believe that it is because they ‘hate our freedoms.’ I am not saying the actions of terrorists are in anyway justified, but we need to look at the reasons they do what they do. Blowback is real, and I hope the U.S. will start to recognize that.


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