While the U.S. spends trillions on Middle Eastern conflicts, we neglect our own infrastructure and people.  Jesse Ventura sounds off on why you can’t bring democracy with gunfire.

Why are we shoving democracy down these people’s throats?

Democracy has to come from within, you can’t have it forced upon you.  People have to demand it within that country, and not have some outside entity, like the United States come in, overthrow the current government, and then say, “Here, you’re now a democracy, let’s see who you elect.”

The government they elect can end up worse than the dictator, because they can vote for the religious zealots.  And that becomes the new standard for the country.

Why does the United States want that?  We’ve seen it in Iraq.  They overthrew Saddam Hussein, and Iraq is a disaster today.  Now they want to do the same to Syria?  They want to take out Assad, and then what? Allow the Syrians to vote on who they are going to replace him with? ISIS could very well win!

This is all dates back to Dick Cheney’s group, Project for the New American Century, in the 1990s, and everything they laid out for what countries they wanted overthrown.  This is exactly what’s going on.

- Jesse Ventura

Hear what Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the book, "Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS," had to say about our country's involvement in the Middle East in this special episode of Off The Grid:


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