Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of World’s Dictatorships

By Rich Whitney, Truthout

For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated by the need to counter acts of aggression or oppression by “evil dictators.” We were told we had to invade Iraq because Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator. We had to bomb Libya because Muammar Gaddafi was an evil dictator, bent on unleashing a “bloodbath” on his own people. Today, of course, we are told that we should support insurgents in Syria because Bashar al-Assad is an evil dictator, and we must repeatedly rattle our sabers at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin because they, too, are evil dictators.

This is part of the larger, usually unquestioned mainstream corporate media narrative that the US leads the “Western democracies” in a global struggle to combat terrorism and totalitarianism and promote democracy.

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  1. I think dictatorships are often more responsible and popular than democracies, but the US government isn’t trying to give people measured autocracy, they’re trying to put in small cliques that they can easily manipulate for corporate and political deals and easily replace if they become disobedient.

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