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In Pictures: Supporting Democracy, American Style! – How the United States Supports Brutal and Oppresive Dictators Around the World.

Question: Does the United States support brutal and oppressive dictators? Answer: YES!

The question merits absolutely zero debate. Anyone with a history book can tell you that supporting dictators is big American business. Below are some of my favorite moments in U.S. history, see if you can guess the pattern.

Hosni Mubarak (Egypt)

Obama and Mubarak at Oval Office of the White House, 2009 G.W. Bush and Mubarak in Egypt, 2008
Clinton and Mubarak at Oval Office of the White House, 1999 G.H.W.Bush and Mubarak at Oval Office of the White House, 1989
Reagan and Mubarak at Oval Office of the White House, 1984

The Sauds (Saudi Arabia)

King Abduallah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud with President Barack Obama. Saudi Arabia 2009 King Abduallah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud with President G.W. Bush. Saudi Arabia 2008
King Abduallah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud with President Bill Clinton. Saudi Arabia King Abduallah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud with President G.H.W. Bush. Saudi Arabia 2005
King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Reagan at Oval Office of the White House, 1985

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Iran)

The Shah of Iran with President Carter, White House, 1977
The Shah of Iran with President Nixon, White House, 1969
The Shah of Iran with President Johnson, White House, 1964
The Shah of Iran with President Kennedy and Defense Secretary McNamara 1962
Iran’s Shah Reza Pahlavi with President Eisenhower in 1954 Mr. and Mrs. Truman and the Shah of Iran during the Shah’s visit to Washington D.C. 1949

Fulgencio Batista (Cuba)


Batista with US Army Chief of Staff Malin Craig
 Fulgencio Batista and Dwight Eisenhower
Batista meeting Roosevelt 1942  Batista and Roosevelt 1942
Batista and Cordell Hull (Sec. of State) at the Pan-American Union Dec. 1942

The Somozas (Nicaragua)

Anastasio Somoza Debayle and Hope Portocarreo Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza (left) and United States Ambassador to Nicaragua Capus Waynick sitting in the back seat of an automobile.
 Anastasio Somoza and FDR in Washington D.C. 1939  Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza with President Franklin Roosevelt in Washington in 1939. Eleanor Roosevelt and Salvadora Somoza stand behind them.

Mobutu (Zaire, a.k.a. Congo)

Mobutu with President George Bush at White House, Washington D.C. 1989 Mobutu with President Reagan in Washington D.C. 1983
Mobuto with President Nixon in Washington D.C. 1973

Pinochet (Chile)

Pinochet with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Chile. 1976

Hussein (Iraq)

US Special Envoy and Hussein in Iraq. 1983

Trujillo (Dominican Republic)

US Vice President Nixon and Trujillo meet in Santo Domingo, DR. 1955

Suharto (Indonesia)

US President Clinton and Suharto in Washington D.C. 1995

President Reagan and Suharto in White House. 1982

US President Ford hosts a working luncheon for Suharto at Camp David. 1975

President Nixon and Suharto in White House. 1970

Marcos (Philippines)

President Reagan and Marcos in Washington
D.C. 1982

President Nixon and Marcos in the Philippines. 1969

President President Johnson and Marcos in White House. 1966

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