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What if they even reluctantly admitted to being lying whores 'well, maybe just a few times, but we only did so because we always had only your best interests foremost in mind." Would you still be upset?
Well yes, I am very upset! I am now finally, fully waking up to the fact that my country is nothing more than a big, fat, lying whore, and has been for decades. My very own country whose honor I have defended by force of arms and made many sacrifices for!
Let me lay out some of the dirty linen that causes me to feel this way. Some common threads that fun through these garments, and they are:
These things usually happened under Republican administrations (but, not invariably);
These things ALWAYS had CIA involvement - invariably;
The ultimate benefactor of these things is invariably "Corporatism";
These things featured armed 'death squads' to deal 'extralegally' with opponents in summary executions;
The ultimate victims of these are always the common people and their rights;
The victim country usually sits on some sort of natural resource wealth;
"Defending against Communism" was always cited as the reason for US support of repressive, right wing regimes until the 'defeat' of communism. Afterwards, the boogeyman has been the 'defeat of terrorism'.
The most disturbing aspect is that a popular, usually democratically elected government, is invariably replaced by a repressive, right wing government (often a dictatorship) which favors big money interest exclusively;
EXAMPLE: 1953, IRAN; Eisenhower administration: The CIA planned, sponsored and executed a coup to oust Iran's Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq's and install the repressive Reza Shah Pahlavi;((http://www.iranchamber.com/history/coup53/coup53p1.php))
EXAMPLE: 1954, GUATEMALA; Eisenhower administration: The CIA planned, sponsored and executed a coup to oust the populist & democratically elected government of Jacabo Arbenz Guzman and install the repressive Castillo Armas as dictator. The United Fruit Company was the corporate instigator of the coup as they controlled the railroads, electric utilities and most of the best land in the country. Over 200,000 people died in the aftermath of this coup.
EXAMPLE: 1959, CUBA; Eisenhower administration: Fidel Castro led a popular revolution to overthrow the repressive, right wing Fulgencio Batista regime supported by the mafia and big money interests in the US. Under Eisenhower, the CIA began a 45 year campaign to oust the Castro government which continues to this day. Castro ultimately embraced communism to successfully defend his country against the CIA sponsored attacks on his country.
EXAMPLE: 1973, CHILE; Nixon Administration: The CIA planned, sponsored and helped execute a coup to oust the democratically elected government of Salvadore Allende. Dictator Augusto Pinochet was installed and assumed draconian powers. Allende was murdered during the coup along with many aides. Under Pinochet's rule thousands of his opponents 'disappeared'. Henry Kissinger's involvement resulted in an international warrant being issued for his arrest. (http://semperfidelisrus.blogspot.com/2006/12/state-of-national-emergency.html)
EXAMPLE: 1981, EL SALVADOR; Reagan administration: The CIA trained & sponsored 'death squads' to aid rich landowners maintain control over the peasantry. 75,000 killed;
EXAMPLE: 1982, Nicaragua; Reagan administration: The CIA sponsored a 'revolution' (which ultimately failed) using 'proxy terrorists' (Contras) against the popularly elected government of Daniel Ortega. Over 50,000 persons were killed. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contras)
EXAMPLE: 2002, Venezuela; GW Bush administration: The CIA instigated and sponsored a coup against the populist, democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez. The CIA defines the government as 'technically legal' but as a 'democratically elected dictatorship'. The CIA coup was briefly successful but failed after two days. Chavez has since been a major thorn in the side of the US government, and particularly the GW Bush administration; (http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1378)
EXAMPLE: 2003, Iraq; GW Bush administration: The CIA has long been involved in Iraq, first as a friend to the Saddam Hussein dictatorship, and more recently as a counter to Islam influences. GW Bush's administration used false excuses to mount a unilateral invasion of Iraq which then became a part of his 'Global War On Terror' which is ongoing. Perhaps as many as 700,000 and possibly more have now died;
EXAMPLE: 2004, HAITI; ; GW Bush administration: The involvement of the CIA, the IRI (International Republican Institute [John McCain]), and the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) ultimately resulted in the kidnap and removal from office of Haiti's popularly and democratically elected president Juan-Bertrand Aristide. A repressive, right wing government with expatriate Gerard Latortue at it's head now rules in his place. (http://www.peacenowar.net/Americas/News/Haiti.htm)
And, of course there are many other examples too, both great and small, but the most common thread is the international war of US monied interests against the rights, freedoms and lives of the common people throughout the world. ECONOMIC domination is the ultimate and only real goal. "DEMOCRACY" is given plenty of lip service, and propagandized to the hilt. However the truth is in the actions my country actually does in the name of all of us.
And, that's how my own country, that bulwark of freedom and standard bearer for democracy throughout the world, actually defends and dispenses democracy throughout the world!
Yes, I am very upset!
CATO INSTITUTE: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/PA118.HTM
INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4332.htm