On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing. Responding to the senators’ questions, Tillerson noticed that during 10 years, U.S. hasn’t reached its aim and hasn’t been able to make the Middle East a safer region.
According to him, the U.S. operations in Iraq and Libya didn’t improve the situation in the country but only destabilized it.
For instance, the decision to change Muammar Kaddafi’s regime including a military invasion in Libya was an unreasonable step taken by Barack Obama and the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The White House had no clear perception of what would happen after the power in Tripoli shifts. As a result, the civil war in Libya still goes on.
Talking about Libya, Tillerson also noticed Syria saying that such an interference would lead to the same terrible repercussions.
However, the Syrian case is a special one. For the first time, the U.S. failed to achieve its goal and exposed its weakness. Thus, in Dec. 2016, the leading U.S. media e.g. The Washington Post slammed Barack Obama who could do nothing to oppose the successful Damascus and its allies which pushed him away from the process of the Syrian settlement.
According to Tillerson, the incoming administration is going to distance itself from conflicts and conduct a more reasonable and peaceful policy.
But, unfortunately, we can only guess how the U.S. policy changes in case Tillerson becomes Secretary of State. The White House is known for having a hang-up about the world supremacy. American politicians adore claiming the U.S. is the true world leader. In their opinion, if Washington doesn’t want to take leadership, no one will, thus creating a vacuum for its enemies. As a result, the White House often uses force to promote its democracy and calls upon other countries to follow and take unreasonable and unpredictable steps.
To be noted is that if Tillerson wants to change the current line of interfering in other states’ policy, he will have to not only live up to his obligations but to cope with the tension inside the U.S.
The peoples of Syria and of other Middle East countries can only hope that the incoming State Secretary succeeds, and the U.S.-led Coalition stops killing civilians while Washington cuts off its support for the terrorists and puts an end to destabilizing the situation in the region. Besides, American politicians must at least apologize for what they did in many countries they tried to feed their ‘democracy’ to.