Really ? Mission Accomplished?
10 Years Later. Really ? Mission Accomplished?

Last night I caught Jon Stewart’s opening sketch on The Daily Show as he quasi feigned being upset by the news that China has apparently “won” the war in Iraq. “Don’t you have to be in a war to win it”, he wondered. The sketch was funny as it played out as a Multiple Choice question with 3 obvious options but a fourth surprising conclusion: China.

In the sketch Stewart portrayed the American sentiment of being completely caught off guard by this turn of events, as if to say, we spent trillions to help you guys get on the right track and now you let China run away with the goodies???

Of course the goodies is this case is some of the world’s best crude oil and China takes almost 50% of Iraq’s daily production, and wants more. Last Sunday’s New York Times shed light on the situation with the article China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom which explains the reasons as follows:

Notably, what the Chinese are not doing is complaining. Unlike the executives of Western oil giants like Exxon Mobil, the Chinese happily accept the strict terms of Iraq’s oil contracts, which yield only minimal profits. China is more interested in energy to fuel its economy than profits to enrich its oil giants.

The Daily Show sketch although funny was also pathetic in a way that has become synonymous with American Foreign Policy blunders. Here is in a nutshell the irony of Iraq.

1. Bush Jr. and his deplorable cabinet, decide to tell lies to the Americans in order to invade Iraq, get rid of Saddam and “bring” a democrat wedge into a volatile Middle East, so that Iraq’s massive oil reserves can benefit the nation building

2. We spent a trillion dollars plus and thousands of young American lives to practice something we have no clue about: Nation Building. And in the hands of our current administration, this course of action is becoming truly frightening.

3. While we’re busy bringing “democracy” to areas of the world that have historically proven to be better left alone, especially Afghanistan, we can’t see the forest for the trees, and third nation interests (China, France) are seeping into the target zones, never taking the eye of the commercial ball.

4. The Chinese had nothing to do with the war, but from an economic standpoint they are benefiting from it, and our Fifth Fleet in the Street of Hormuz and Military are helping to assure their supply.

That was the ironic part of the sketch; the pathetic part of the Daily Show sketch was, that it portrayed a Nation that did not see this “unfair” treatment coming; a nation that expects admiration, respect and cooperation for the sacrifices it endures to make this a better world.

The sad part is, that that was the case in 1945. Not anymore a couple of generations later. The world is dramatically changing, but here in the US we apparently prefer to feign surprise as we occasionally pull our collective heads out of the sand to find a world that cares little about loyalties of the past. Few of us recognized the policy shift more than a decade ago when China embarked on the road of supportive diplomacy as their way to increase global commercial interests. The Caribbean Islands, South American and African nations, as well as European and Middle Eastern economies have been recipients of largesse and or export expansion facilities. That China’s diplomacy in the Middle East now comes as a ‘surprise’ to institutions like the New York Times, is a bit discouraging for the future, because China’s interests in the Middle East has been documented many times over, even by Searchamelia on April 28, 2010,  when I published the following paragraph in an article:

In the meantime China has been whispering pretty words into the Saudi economy to the tune of $40 billion annually, leaving the US now at a distant second place as trading partner with $32 billion, which does not even account for the large decline in the dollar’s purchasing value in recent years. The same route is being prepared for Iraq once we leave our democratic footprints in the Iraqi sand and oil becomes that nation’s negotiable return to sanity. China will have its spiced and spiked contracts in place as it whispers pretty words into the ears of Iraqi leaders.

The world is changing right before our very eyes and frankly we’re not ready (yet) to face the new dynamics. Maybe it’s time we quit being the world’s law enforcement unit and start learning to sing pretty tunes. It seems to work for others.

And no I’m not trying to impress on our readers how well my foresight is on geo-political issues. I merely want to address once again the age old facts that:

1. No one likes a big brother who constantly wants his siblings to be aware of his superiority

2. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

3. China has a much much older tradition of dealing with human nature, diplomacy and the pitfalls of empire building, than we have here in the US.

I am sorry to see that card carrying members of American Journalism like the New York Times and the Daily Show run more than 3 years behind the facts, in an open Internet Society that was primarily rooted in this nation.