Q: Would you say that for better or worse the US is trying to avoid some of the failures of Iraq when it comes to beheading a country suddenly?
A: No, I’d say that the US is doing what it can to preserve the status quo: (1) a government safe for US corporations to make money without having to worry about things like fair competition, labor unions and environmental regulation, (2) a place where it can send people to be tortured, (3) a government which will cooperate with Israel’s dispossession of Palestinians by continuing the siege on Gaza and (4) a lesson to the peoples of many countries around the world in similar situations: no matter how much effort you put into changing your oppressive governments which suit the USA’s interests, nothing will improve.
Regarding Iraq, I believe the USA thought Iraqis would accept the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), with Paul Bremer as dictator. This CPA would then distribute Iraq’s natural resources to USA corporations.
It was only the resistance of the Iraqi people, led by Ayatollah al-Sistany, who forced the CPA to agree to hold elections. I believe the US, rather than support a democratic Iraq, took measures to plunge the country into the civil war. But that’s for another post.
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