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Senior US Officials Cozy up to Dictator Who Boils People Alive

Discussion in 'Legal' started by javafiend, May 23, 2005.

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  1. javafiend

    javafiend member

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    http://www.thememoryhole.org/pol/us-and-uz.htm

    America’s Hypocritical, Counterproductive Foreign Aid by James Bovard
    "The United States gives more than $10 billion in foreign aid each year to foreign governments and foreign and international organizations. Tyrannical regimes are the worst terrorist organizations in the world, with respect to racking up impressive body counts. Foreign aid has been aptly described as handouts 'from governments, to governments, for governments.' "

    The U.S. government gave more than $120 million during 2003 to the government of Uzbekistan.

    Something to think about next time some politician prattles on about our "culture of life." :barf:
     
  2. Sindawe

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    Yep, this has been SOP for our .gov for decades.
     
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    Heh, I think the country would be better as a whole if we went back to the style of the ancient Greeks. Forget morality on an international level, and make it clear to one and all. Bismark was onto this, and he had a good amount of success. I think even average people like it, because they can know what is the real deal.

    But practicing realpolitik (because you really have to) and then inventing a cover story for how it's a good deed, then being called liars and imperialists, then calling those calling names other names... It's just so tiresome, and I really lose respect for everyone engaged in it.
     
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    If its in our strategic interests to make deals with the devil, so be it.

    Let the UN save the world.
     
  5. Standing Wolf

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    Not with my hard-earned tax dollars!

    If a government wasn't freely voted in, it should get its foreign aid elsewhere.
     
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    As long as our .gov is running on deficit spending and has a HUGE national debt, there should be NO foreign aid at all.
     
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    Standing wolf

    So true, but then you could look at Saddam, Lennin, Stalin, and just about any other 2 bit dictator. They have "free elections".

    There just isn't any good answers, it's ashame. :banghead:
     
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    I think Jerry Pournelle quoted one of the Founders as saying

    "We are the friends of Liberty everywhere, but the guardians only of our own."
     
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    Investing in an insane dictator is a sucker's bet. It usually turns around and bites us in the rear.

    Fulgencio Batista -> Castro
    Shah -> Ayatollah Khomeini
    Noriega -> Drugs
    Taliban -> Osama bin Laden


    Sorry, I don't want to breed tomorrow's enemies with today's taxes. What happened to fighting tyranny and invading countries because their dictator is an insane murdering lunatic?
     
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    The Present then added, "Except in Uzbekistan."
     
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    I've boiled lobsters and clams alive. Maybe cooking people this way is a cultural thing in that part of the world.
     
  13. Art Eatman

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    We started "buying friendship" during the Cold War. Any thugocrat who declared himself "anti-communist" was a "friend" to whom we sent money and CIA agents.

    IMO, most of this money wound up in Swiss banks or Cayman Island banks.

    (RevDisk omitted Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, but I myself have lost track of the names in Africa...)

    The Cold War ended, but you know how it is with old habits...(Oops! There I go again, being cynical.)

    The flip side of the coin is that without our money, the Arabs would have succeeded in their intended genocide in Israel, and Egypt would probably be an equivalent of Iran...

    At least it was only $120 million. Compared to some, that's chump change...

    Art
     
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