US Wars And Hostile Actions

That time again…..the IST history lesson…..

After listening to the speech given by Pres. Trump at the UN when he talked about those “rogue nations” that are a threat to the stability of the world….and it got me to thinking about the history of the US and I wanted to look back…..

Do you know how many wars or hostile actions the US has been involved with since World War Two?

I am sure that most everyone can name up to twenty conflicts…..but is this so much more than that…..

There is a reason that most countries polled in December 2013 by Gallup called the United States the greatest threat to peace in the world, and why Pew found that viewpoint increased in 2017.

But it is a reason that eludes that strain of U.S. academia that first defines war as something that nations and groups other than the United States do, and then concludes that war has nearly vanished from the earth.

Since World War II, during a supposed golden age of peace, the United States military has killed some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 82 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. The United States is responsible for the deaths of 5 million people in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and over 1 million just since 2003 in Iraq.

Source: U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List – Let’s Try Democracy

Included in the lists above is the number of leaders the US has tried to assassinate…..

  • 1949 – Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader
  • 1950s – CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of more than 200 political figures in West Germany to be “put out of the way” in the event of a Soviet invasion
  • 1950s – Chou En-lai, Prime minister of China, several attempts on his life
  • 1950s, 1962 – Sukarno, President of Indonesia
  • 1951 – Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea
  • 1953 – Mohammed Mossadegh, Prime Minister of Iran
  • 1950s (mid) – Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader
  • 1955 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
  • 1957 – Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt
  • 1959, 1963, 1969 – Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
  • 1960 – Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq
  • 1950s-70s – José Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts on his life
  • 1961 – Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, leader of Haiti
  • 1961 – Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)
  • 1961 – Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic
  • 1963 – Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
  • 1960s-70s – Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life
  • 1960s – Raúl Castro, high official in government of Cuba
  • 1965 – Francisco Caamaño, Dominican Republic opposition leader
  • 1965-6 – Charles de Gaulle, President of France
  • 1967 – Che Guevara, Cuban leader
  • 1970 – Salvador Allende, President of Chile
  • 1970 – Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
  • 1970s, 1981 – General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
  • 1972 – General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence
  • 1975 – Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
  • 1976 – Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • 1980-1986 – Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several plots and attempts upon his life
  • 1982 – Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran
  • 1983 – Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
  • 1983 – Miguel d’Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
  • 1984 – The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate
  • 1985 – Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)
  • 1991 – Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq
  • 1993 – Mohamed Farah Aideed, prominent clan leader of Somalia
  • 1998, 2001-2 – Osama bin Laden, leading Islamic militant
  • 1999 – Slobodan Milosevic, President of Yugoslavia
  • 2002 – Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan Islamic leader and warlord
  • 2003 – Saddam Hussein and his two sons
  • 2011 – Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya

Just a sampling of the info available in this article……Fascinating reading….I will leave you to it…..enjoy!

What must one do to be known as a “rogue nation”?


4 thoughts on “US Wars And Hostile Actions

  1. I think we might have to admit that the UK was more than complicit in many of those actions too. Even though we may not have always advertised the fact…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I’m a little surprised you even posted this, chuq. The absolute first thing to pop into my aging brain as I read those lists (I went to the link) is where does this guy get all this you’d-think classified information?
    So the next thing I did was check this guy out to try and establish some credibility. He’s disgruntled ex-CIA and State, wrote a few books about how nasty America’s foreign policy is, and apparently spilled some secrete beans to the public about CIA operatives. Now.. you can call him a whistleblower or whatever, fact is, I personally don’t like guys like this who were once in a place of trust and decide to spill the beans because some event along the lines makes them “see the light”. I realize he’s likely “old school” and did his “misdeeds” prior to the establishment of whistleblower laws, but doesn’t excuse him in my book. I see an extreme credibility issue with these lists. This guy has a vendetta… so you may never know what he’s twisting around.

    Now… could the lists be true and factual? Of course. I have no special vantage point to claim the lists are not accurate. All I can do is try and use some common sense and common sense tells me there’s doubt how a guy like this got lists like that in which he apparently wants to convince readers his CIA past makes him credible simply to foment his own agenda. Tell me that a few senators who served on the intel oversight committees of the past agree with this; or even a couple ex-CIA directors or sub-directors. But just believing what this guy says because he didn’t like our involvement in Vietnam (I certainly didn’t either) and decided to betray secrets, that’s all on him. Another CIA name from that era pops into mind.. Frank Snepp, who wrote his book, Decent Interval (1977), to expose the CIA craziness of that era. But the government took him to court.
    “Snepp accused the CIA of ruining his career and violating his First Amendment free speech rights. The CIA in return claimed that Snepp had violated his employment agreement by speaking out. They sued (United States v. Frank W. Snepp III). He enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union in his defense. In the end, the CIA won a court verdict against Snepp, with the US Supreme Court ruling that Snepp’s book had caused “irreparable harm” to national security due to creating an appearance of a breakdown of discipline in the CIA.[1] The royalties from Decent Interval (amounting to $300,000 by the time Snepp lost in front of the Supreme Court[3]) were surrendered to the CIA, and Snepp forced to clear all future publications with the CIA.[1][2]
    In 2001 Snepp published a second book, Irreparable Harm, about his court battle with the CIA.[1][7]”

    To me, taking him to court was valid but it also helped sell books because of measure of credibility was esstablished.

    BUT.. back to these lists… the very next question I have that pops up in my mind… whether it’s the assassination list or the government overthrow list, there’s a large number of apparently failed missions in all this. Many on the (alleged) assassination list are still alive and many governments didn’t fall (or didn’t at the time). That calls into question CIA performance as being a bit slipshod and who takes responsibility for that? Now, one can understand a little bit that Blum’s reporting of the more contemporary attempts.. in the 2000’s, could be a measure of speculative common sense just from reading the news.

    Long-ass reply. 🙂 Just couldn’t let it go.

    1. Was just to illustrate the Trump’s rogue nations has US at is center….most of the stuff can be found in declassified docs….are all accurate probably not since he did work for the CIA….chuq

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