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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:14 PM
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Empire on the Rocks: Washington's Autocrats, Aristocrats and Thugs Are Falling
In one of historys lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see. Last November, WikiLeaks splashed snippets from U.S. embassy cables, loaded with scurrilous comments about national leaders from Argentina to Zimbabwe, on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Then just a few weeks later, the Middle East erupted in pro-democracy protests against the regions autocratic leaders, many of whom were close U.S. allies whose foibles had been so conveniently detailed in those same diplomatic cables.

Suddenly, it was possible to see the foundations of a U.S. world order that rested significantly on national leaders who serve Washington as loyal subordinate elites and who are, in reality, a motley collection of autocrats, aristocrats, and uniformed thugs. Visible as well was the larger logic of otherwise inexplicable U.S. foreign policy choices over the past half-century.

Why would the CIA risk controversy in 1965, at the height of the Cold War, by overthrowing an accepted leader like Sukarno in Indonesia or encouraging the assassination of the Catholic autocrat Ngo Dinh Diem in Saigon in 1963? The answer -- and thanks to WikiLeaks and the Arab spring, this is now so much clearer -- is that both were Washingtons chosen subordinates until each became insubordinate and expendable.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150719/empire_on_the_rock...

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About damn time too. Hypocrisy repaid in kind.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:31 PM
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1. How disappointing! I thought this would be about the Kochs, Bushes, Ailes, Rove et al... n/t
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