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Foreign Policy I.Q. Test

Test your knowledge of United States foreign policy.
Test Your Foreign Policy I. Q.

Answer the following questions and rate your knowledge of United States foreign policy.

1. What historic event occurred at No Gun Ri in 1950?

2. How did the United States acquire its military base in Diego Garcia?

3. Which official United States agency coined the term "blowback" and predicted a 9/11- type attack?

4. How many countries have been bombed by the United States since World War 2?

5. Name the U.S. Marine Corps General who exposed the connection between U.S. military actions and the quest for corporate profits? (Hint) He wrote his expose' in 1935.

6. How many U.S. military bases are located in foreign countries?

7. How many foreign nations have military bases in the U.S.?

8. What is the name and location of the U.S. military base that has gained worldwide attention because its mission is the training of terrorists?

9. What is the name of the U.S. official who gave Saddam Hussein permission to invade Kuwait?

10. When did the U.S. start the war against Iraq?


A score of 10 correct means you are to be congratulated. You win the "Informed Citizen of the Week" award. Hopefully you will be invited to make a guest appearance on the Bill O'Reilly show, to be followed by appearances on Hannity & Colmes, Larry King, Oprah, Meet the Press, and the Colbert Report. More likely, you will be banned from ever speaking in the media.

A score of 9 answers correct, you are much better informed than the average citizen.

A score of 8 correct, not bad, but you need a little help.

If you scored 7, it's time to hit the books. Suggested readings would include: A History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Killing Hope by William Blum, Blowback by Chalmers Johnson, The Seven Deadly Spins by Mickey Z, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens- Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance by Ward Churchill, and The New Rulers of the World by John Pilger. Also see the Robert Fisk war photos of civilian victims in Iraq. These photos have been censored out of most of the U.S. media.

If you had only 6 right answers, you need a lot of help.

If you had 5 or less correct, you probably work for, or get your information from, FOX, NBC, CBS, or ABC. Every time that you vote, you might be canceling the vote of an informed citizen. You need to reassess your right to participate in a democracy. No democracy can survive if the citizens are not well informed.


1. No Gun Ri is the location of a U.S. massacre of civilians in South Korea. Survivors report that more than 400 unarmed men, women and children were gunned down by the U.S. military.

2. Diego Garcia was acquired in the 1970s. The island was a paradise that had been inhabited for generations. The United States and Great Britain were complicit in crimes against humanity by the expulsion of the native population.

3. "Blowback" is the term coined by the CIA in 1954. It has been well known since 1954 that U.S. foreign policy would result in blowback.

4. Since WW 2, the United Stated has bombed: China 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, China 1950-53, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-60, Guatemala 1960, Congo 1964, Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73, Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala 1967-69, Grenada 1983, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1980s, Nicaragua 1980s, Panama 1989, Iraq 1991-99, Sudan 1998, Afghanistan 1998, Yugoslavia 1999. This list has been compiled by historian/author William Blum.

5. U.S.M.C. General Smedley D. Butler wrote War Is a Racket in 1935.

6. Author Chalmers Johnson states that there are more than 700 U.S. bases in foreign countries.

7. None

8. Fort Benning in Georgia is the location of the School of the Americas. Congress quietly renamed it The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in an attempt to sanitize its image. Around the world it is known as The School of Assassins.

9. Ambassador April Glaspie. On July 25, 1990, during a meeting with Saddam Husseln, Ambassador Glaspie stated, "...We have no position on Arab - Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait...".

10. March 20, 2003 is the date of the start of the Shock and Awe bombing campaign and is often erroneously given as the date of the start of the war. The war really began with U.S. bombings in 1991.

By: Rosemarie Jackowski

Bio: Rosemarie Jackowski is an advocacy journalist living in Vermont.

e-mail  dissent@sover.net

As I recall learning 13.Jun.2007 07:10


Regarding: "9. Ambassador April Glaspie. On July 25, 1990, during a meeting with Saddam Husseln, Ambassador Glaspie stated, "...We have no position on Arab - Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait...". " Kuwait was litterally stealing oil from Iraq using slant drill technology from the U.S. After complaining to OPEC, Iraq complained to the U.S. in a meeting with the Ambassador, threatening to attack Kuwait. The Ambassador then checked with President Bush I, who said that we wouldnt' get involved. She relayed that message to Saddam Hussein, giving him the "green light" to attack Kuwait. those who think this current dirty war is not about oil do not know the history. BTW, Iraq had another motive - Kuwait was once part of Iraq, and Hussein wanted it back.