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End of the pro-democracy pretense

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Media coverage of the Arab Spring somehow depicted the U.S. as sympathetic to and supportive of the democratic protesters notwithstanding the nation's decades-long financial and military support for most of the targeted despots. That's because a central staple of American domestic propaganda about its foreign policy is that the nation is "pro-democracy" -- that's the banner under which Americans wars are typically prettified -- even though "democracy" in this regard really means "a government which serves American interests regardless of how their power is acquired," while "despot" means "a government which defies American orders even if they're democratically elected."

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see things as they are and state them with clarity... by j dial on Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 at 5:22:30 PM