Dictators, Autocrats, Oh My

Have you noticed that the US gives the greatest support to dictators, autocrats and military regimes?  Look at the latest trip by the president…..the room where he made his speech was overflowing with dictators and autocrats……

The Shah of Iran in the 60’s and 70’s, Pinochet of Chile, Saddam of Iraq before he became a bad guy and the same with Noriega in Panama, the autocrats across the Middle East…Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan etc……and the trend continues even today….we spend a lot of money and resources keeping these petty dictators in power….

Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump’s invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose “war on drugs” has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. Criticism of Trump was especially intense given his similarly warm public support for other authoritarian rulers like Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (who visited the Oval Office to much praise only weeks earlier), Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who got a congratulatory phone call from President Trump on his recent referendum victory, granting him increasingly unchecked powers), and Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha (who also received a White House invitation).

But here’s the strange thing: the critics generally ignored the far more substantial and long-standing bipartisan support U.S. presidents have offered these and dozens of other repressive regimes over the decades. After all, such autocratic countries share one striking thing in common. They are among at least 45 less-than-democratic nations and territories that today host scores of U.S. military bases, from ones the size of not-so-small American towns to tiny outposts. Together, these bases are homes to tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Source: How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats, and Military Regimes Across the Globe | Alternet

As I have written….the trend continues today and the Trump foreign policy does nothing to change the direction this country is traveling.  We put all our eggs in the authoritarian basket……and we pay for it all in the future.

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16 thoughts on “Dictators, Autocrats, Oh My

  1. “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” (presumed to be said by FDR of brutal dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza.) It’s the American way, and I’m always somewhat surprised that Americans are so poorly educated on their own politics and foreign policies that they do not know what everybody else in the world knows: that America has always installed, then defended, dictators to do its bidding, usually via the CIA, and when they thought they could throw their leash, either deposed them, or had them assassinated. The “unknown” (to Americans) Third World has been bathed in constant bloodshed by US military and CIA interventions since before WWI… well, once they were finished their genocide against their own natives and they had all the mainland resources well in hand, what else to do but spread out and take the rest? That mindset; those policies, continue to be the vanguard of US involvement in the rest of the world, but not as lucrative nor as safe today. In fact they are about to destroy the US as a world power. Mark my words.

  2. Meanwhile,all Hell is breaking loose here.
    All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.
    ~Jiddu Krishnamurti ~

      1. coz they ain’t white chuq…coz they be foreigners chuq…
        What do the Israelis call the Palestinians?
        Cockroaches….& so it goes on…

  3. Most western countries don’t seem to care who they get ‘on side’. Pinochet lived a comfortable life in the UK for a while, guarded by Diplomatic Police. It didn’t seem to matter that he was actually ‘under arrest’ at the time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Yes, there is NO low America hasn’t, or won’t, go if it even thinks (rightly or wrongly) that it will advance the American Empire’s agenda. The only democracy that matters is its own (Chile, Nicaragua, etc). The only economy that matters is its own. (ie Cuba) The only rights that matter are those of their own citizens. Friends are friends only when they do exactly what you tell them to do…even when that’s contrary to their own best interests, or the desire of their own people. And God forbid, if some foreign country tries to hold America accountable for its actions the way it punishes others for theirs (See: rejection of War Crimes Tribunals etc)

    Over all this time, little has really changed. For example, I’m sure we’ll discover in declassified documents 75 years from now, that the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was overthrown with heavy US “encouragement”.

    But it’s becoming obvious that these negative global attitudes are spreading to the treatment of American citizens. Thanks to the War On Tara, the US Empire has claimed the right to kill anybody, anywhere, anytime, based on the flimsiest of evidence…even US citizens on foreign soil (and arguably domestic.) It also reserves the right to spy on anyone, anywhere, anytime…friend or foe (ie Angela Merkel’s private phone) However, this has “unofficially” been extended to American citizens. And as for the economy…all the trade agreements over the last 25 years has made it crystal clear that the American government does NOT even care about the economic status of its own people.

    Not only has the longstanding contempt for other nations continued, it’s quietly being extended to American citizens. With Trump cuddling up to the increasing list of dictators and strong-men, It’s clear democracy & human rights are taking it up the ass from creeping fascism.

    1. Yes, well said. I agree with your “expose” of the US Empire’s mindset. The greatest losers in the end though are going to be Americans, despite how many innocents their military kills “overseas” and how much of other people’s resources and labour it appropriates for its own profits. “Mene, mene, tekel upharsin!” (Daniel 5:25)

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