Wag The Dog Theory: Domestic Scandal And Foreign Policy

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Wag The Dog Theory: Domestic Scandal And Foreign Policy [Author] [Institution] Wag The Dog Theory Of Domestic Scandal And Foreign Policy The “Wag the dog” theory of domestic scandal and foreign policy is advanced by some pundits through which, the US presidents committed the United States to overseas conflicts in order to divert public attention from national unrest or outcry does not necessarily apply to all US presidents. Some of the US presidents have indulged in foreign affairs, foreign tours, summits with foreign leaders, foreign conflicts or certain bold or rash decisions when faced with problems of economic or political nature on the domestic front. Harry S. Truman atom-bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which he could have avoided, but that would have dragged on the WWII a little longer creating more problems for him on the domestic front. Kennedy’s ill-planned Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba in support of the Cuban exiles planning to overthrow Fidel Castro. Reagan’s Iran-Contra Affair for secret sale of arms to the inimical Iran and channeling of ill-gotten profits to the Nicaraguan rebels. But, the classic example of the practice of the “Wag the dog” theory was by Bill Clinton. To draw away attention from his personal indiscretions, on the day Monica Lewinsky was supposed to testify before a grand jury, Clinton ordered cruise missile attack on a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan under the pretense of it was a chemical weapons factory. Later, targets in Afghanistan were attacked under the pretext that these were linked to the Saudi terrorist Osama Bin Laden who was suspected of orchestrating bombings of US embassies in East Africa. Clinton’s actions that led to his impeachment were not mere personal misdeeds, but lasting stains on the presidency. For years to come, no matter who the incumbent may be, a vision of the Oval Office will call to mind Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Thanks to Clinton, we will keep hearing about "Wag the Dog" scenarios in succeeding administrations. But, probably no president in US history has used the “Wag the dog” theory in perfection and to his advantage than Bush Jr. Backed by neo-conservatives and the Zionist Lobby to ensure a second term as president for himself, while at the same time implementing the neo-con policy on domestic and foreign affairs and the Zionist plans for an expanded and all-powerful Israel and much weakened Arab states in the Middle East and US control of the Middle Eastern oil and other mineral resources. ...

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