Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy



Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many of the moles as possible with a big soft hammer and drive them back into their holes. You scored points according to how successfully and quickly you accomplished this task.

US (and by implication NZ) foreign policy seems to resemble the game. Enemy moles pop up around the glob and we attempt to bomb them back into their holes. But this seems to be a never ending task. In fact the more moles our government whacks the more that seem to emerge someplace else.

We whacked the Soviet-backed mole in Afghanistan, then the mujahideen mole, then the Taliban mole and now the warlord mole is there.

We whacked the Qaddafi mole in Libya and now the Egyptians are whacking some other moles there on our behalf.

We whacked the Iraqi mole names Sadam Hussein (killing literally millions of Iraqis in the process), then we had Sunni rebel moles to whack, then some Iranian supported moles, and now moles dubbed ISIS.

We wanted to whack the Assad mole in Syria but got stopped by our own parliaments so had to use proxie whackers for a while. But now we are free to whack there again because the ISIS moles have popped out and they are very scary moles.

We whacked Kurdish moles in Turkey but now these moles are whacking ISIS moles and we are not sure who to whack next.

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It really doesn’t seem like the smartest foreign policy in the world – even if your aim is world domination.


  1. A strange thing happened in Kobane, the Kurdish border town besieged by Islamic State: It didn’t fall.

    In fact, today the BBC reported that Islamic State, the supposedly invincible jihadis who have been besieging Kobane, is retreating from the city.

    Nobody expected that. Well, nobody except me. I’ve been saying for a long time that IS(IS) was the most overhyped military force on the planet, and that IS has been attacking Kobane for fifteen months—fifteen damn months—without success, which might just sort of suggest it’s not the juggernaut it’s been made out to be, and that IS’s other supposedly scary advance toward Baghdad is no more than a sad attempt to recover some of the Sunni suburbs of the capital the Sunni controlled completely less than a decade ago.



  2. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.


  3. Whack for my Daddyo- theres whiskey in the jar-ro….

    Mebbe we should play golf instead…flags up , hole in one…then we would appreciate the moles instead of killin em.

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