Comments: 2 - What About Me?

"I'm hard-pressed to find any examples of the USofA interfering in any other country's affairs that hasn't turned out disastrously. (I'm talking post-WWII.) When it comes to South America, Africa, and the Middle East, our track record is pretty appalling. I don't disapprove of using USofA troops or military might to spread human rights and justice around the world. I just don't think, grandiose rhetoric aside, that's what most of our 'interventions' have been about. I think they've been about protecting USofA corporate interests."

I'm inclined to agree, but what do you think of the argument that we helped keep countries from going Communist? Do you think it was better to support right-wing dictatorships rather than Communist ones?

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at February 4, 2006 12:35 PM

People all over the world are now reacting against US-supported dictatorships instead of USSR-supported dictatorships. Hell, the US is now reacting against US-supported dictatorships in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Posted by AlanDownunder at February 4, 2006 07:07 PM

Good point.

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at February 5, 2006 09:42 AM

Lawrence - You've been visiting my little corner of the internet for long enough to know that I don't believe the end justifies the means.

Also, you have to take into account that I think most of what was done fighting The Red Menace by the Reagan Administration(s) in the 80s was wrong. Some of it criminally so.

A lot of these dictatorships were encouraged and supported in the 80s. Ask yourself this...what kind of people were Reagan's supporters and administrators (the "neo-cons") that they thought repressive, abusive, rightwing dictatorships were a valid and acceptable choice?

In what way is that kind of a government preferable to communism?

Answer that question and worry, because a lot of those people are back in Bush IIs Administration. If they find totalitarian dictatorship acceptable, then what about our own democratic system might they decided is non-essential?

I'm scare-mongering, of course. If they had designs on our civil liberties or personal privacy or voting rights or freedom of speech or any of those things, we'd have seen them taking action against those by now.

(Oh, wait....)

Posted by Anne at February 5, 2006 10:04 AM