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.
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.