Another reason why the US needs to prepared to act alone and unconstrained by “allies”

In What I Believe, I noted:

That all said, America must continue to develop and exercise its other elements of national power besides that of military (which needs to keep developing and advancing too). US diplomatic and intelligence capabilities are pretty bad considering the money spent on them. Also, US Influence Warfare capabilities are atrocious. Right now, the US is really the only western country willing act. The lesson in that is we have to keep our expeditionary capability…and we can’t count on “allies” for support.

Well here is another reason:

Here’s some food for thought: Seven years since the 9/11 attacks, large numbers of people around the world do not believe Al Qaeda was the perpetrator. An increasing number believe that the US was behind the attack so it could justify an invasion of Iraq.

That’s the startling result of a poll of 16,000 people in 17 countries. WorldPublicOpinion.org conducted the poll, which asked who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in 2001. The Voice of America carries the story.
[…]
“So it is very hard for them to accept that a Muslim could do such a thing. At the same time, they do feel some resonance with many of the things that bin Laden says, so they feel some conflict about this,” Kull said. “They are basically using a kind of defense mechanism to deny the strong evidence that al Qaida was behind 9/11, as a way of resolving the kind of internal conflict they feel.”

“Broadly, I think what this tells us is that there is a lack of confidence in the United States around the world. It is striking that even among our allies, the numbers that say al-Qaida was behind 9/11 do not get above two-thirds, and barely become a majority. So this is a real indication that the United States is not in a strong position to, in a sense, tell its story. The American narrative is not as powerful in the world today.” [Link: PoliticalWarfare.com]

For better or worse, we can’t just throw our lot in with the goodwill of the rest of the world.

Update: I made spelling,typo, and grammar fixes.

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2 Responses

  1. […] Purpleslog agrees. « Good girl John Robb on how the Seam can fight the Gap […]

  2. I agree. [1]

    Allies are useful; for instance, in containing Russia. Still, we need to be prepared to be able to act without the support of either our allies and without the support of a substantial and vocal fraction of the domestic population.

    [1] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/09/13/the-coming-popularity-of-al-qaeda.html

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