America May Want To Swear Off Authoritarian Regimes

America really should swear off the authoritarian regimes. We can’t handle the stuff. It’s really hard to say fascist dictators in Germany or Italy are evil, but our man Pinochet, he’s A-Okay. Or, how about we overthrow the elected government of Iran in 1953 and install a dictator and he’s great. But when the people finally rise up and take back their government in 1979 they’re real pissed about that whole installing an oppressive authoritarian regime thing, then– then we back another brutal dictator in Saddam Hussein to go to war with the, completely irrationally, pissed-off Iranians, and then we have a huge, expensive and regionally destabilizing war to get rid of Hussein, because, you know, authoritarian regimes suck and are evil, EVIL!  And how many innocent people, lots of women and children, were killed installing authoritarian regimes in South America during Operation Condor with critical help from America…?

It’s real bad like that, getting involved in subverting countries’ elections and trying to install friendly authoritarian regimes. Real bad. It always seems to blow up right in our face.

Oh, and look, someone’s trying to do that exact same thing to America, right now, as we speak.

We really, really need to kick the authoritarian regime habit. For good. We really should try some clean, will-of-the-people living for real. It would be a lot better for us, and everyone else, frankly.

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Authoritarian regimes currently supported:

1991–present Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev; Ilham Aliyev[9][10] 1992–present Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev[11][12] 1959–present Singapore People’s Action Party[13][13][14] 1984–present Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah[15][16][17][18] 2011–present Vietnam Trương Tấn Sang[19] 2014–present Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha[20] 1994–present Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon[19] 2006–present Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow[19] 1945–present Saudi Arabia House of Saud[21][22][23] 1999–present Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa[24] 1972–present Qatar House of Thani[25][26] 1970–present Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said[23] 1954–present Jordan Hashemite Dynasty[27][28] 1971–present United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates[29] 2014–present Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi[30] 1777–present Morocco Alaouite dynasty[31] 1999–present Djibouti Ismaïl Omar Guelleh[32][33] 1979–present Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo[19] 1982–present Cameroon Paul Biya[34][35] 1990–present Chad Idriss Déby[36] 1986–present Uganda Yoweri Museveni[37] 2000–present Rwanda Paul Kagame[38] 2011–present South Sudan Salva Kiir[39]

Authoritarian regimes supported in the past:

1876–1911 Mexico Porfirio Díaz[43] During the Porfiriato, tensions between the U.S. and Mexico were high.
1929–2000 Mexico Institutional Revolutionary Party[44] 1932–1944 El Salvador Maximiliano Hernández Martínez[45] 1933–1949 Honduras Tiburcio Carías Andino[46] 1953–1957 Colombia Rojas Pinilla[47] 1950–1958 Venezuela Marcos Pérez Jiménez[48] 1908–1935 Venezuela Juan Vicente Gómez[49] 1898–1920 Guatemala Manuel Estrada Cabrera[50] 1931–1944 Guatemala Jorge Ubico[50] 1952–1959 Cuba Fulgencio Batista[51] 1930–1961 Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo[52] Later overthrown with at least some aid from the CIA.[53] 1966–1985 Guyana Forbes Burnham[54][55] 1954–1986 Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt and other Juntas[56][57][58] See also: 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état
1963–1982 Honduras Oswaldo López Arellano, Juan Alberto Melgar Castro &Policarpo Paz García[59][60] 1961–1979 El Salvador National Coalition Party (El Salvador)[61] 1979–1982 El Salvador Revolutionary Government Junta of El Salvador[62] 1963–1967 Ecuador Junta del 63[63] 1964–1969 Bolivia Rene Barrientos[64] 1971–1978 Bolivia Hugo Banzer[65] 1973–1985 Uruguay Civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay[66][67] 1966–1973 Argentina Argentine Revolution[68] 1976–1983 Argentina National Reorganization Process[69][70] 1964–1985 Brazil Brazilian military government[42][71] 1936–1979 Nicaragua Somoza family[72] 1957–1971 Haiti François Duvalier[73] 1971–1986 Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier[73] 1968–1981 Panama Omar Torrijos[74] 1983–1989 Panama Manuel Noriega[74] Later overthrown by U.S. in Operation Just Cause in 1989.
1954–1989 Paraguay Alfredo Stroessner[75][76] 1973–1990 Chile Augusto Pinochet[77][78] 1992–2000 Peru Alberto Fujimori[79] 1948–1960 South Korea[80] Syngman Rhee
1958–1969 Pakistan Ayub Khan See also: Pakistan–United States relations during the Cold War era.
1961–1979 South Korea Park Chung-hee[81] 1979–1988 South Korea Chun Doo-hwan[82] 1955–1963 South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem[83] Later assassinated in a U.S.-backed coup. See also: Cable 243, Arrest and assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem.
1970–1975 Cambodia Lon Nol[84] 1969–1971 Pakistan Yahya Khan[85][86][87] 1941–1979 Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi[88][89] See also: 1953 Iranian coup d’état.
1965–1986 Philippines Ferdinand Marcos[90][91] 1978–1988 Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq[92] 1963–1967 Iraq Abdul Salam Arif, Abdul Rahman Arif[93] 1982–1990 Iraq Saddam Hussein[94] Later seen as an enemy of the U.S. in the Gulf War and deposed in the Iraq War. See: United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq war.
1967–1998 Indonesia Suharto[95][96] See also: Allen Lawrence Pope.
1949–1953 Syria al-Za’im-Shishkali-al-Hinnawi Junta[97][98][99] See: Husni al-Za’im, Adib Shishakli, Sami al-Hinnawi.
1999–2008 Pakistan Pervez Musharraf[100] 1990–2016 Uzbekistan Islam Karimov[19] 1990–2005 Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev[101] 1978–2012 North Yemen
Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh[102] 1971–1985 Sudan Gaafar Nimeiry[103] 1978–1991 Somalia Siad Barre[104] 1930–1974 Ethiopia Haile Selassie[105] 1980–1990 Liberia Samuel Doe[106] 1991–2012 Ethiopia Meles Zenawi[19] 1965–1997 Zaire
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko[107][108] 1982–1990 Chad Hissène Habré[109] 1981–2011 Egypt Hosni Mubarak[110] 2012–2013 Egypt Mohamed Morsi[111] 1948–1994 South Africa National Party (South Africa)[112][113] 1987–2011 Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali[114] 1953–1975 Spain Francisco Franco[115] Originally opposed because of fascist leanings. See: Francoist Spain.
1941–1974 Portugal António de Oliveira Salazar[116] See Estado Novo (Portugal)
1941–1945 Soviet Union Joseph Stalin[117] Later considered an enemy of the US. See Cold War.
1948–1980 Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito[118] See Informbiro period.
1967–1974 Greece Greek military junta[119] 1980–1989 Turkey Turkish military junta[120] 1969–1989 Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu[121] 1941–1975 Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek[122] 1948–1957 Thailand Plaek Phibunsongkhram[123] 1963–1973 Thailand Thanom Kittikachorn[124] 1958–1963 Thailand Sarit Thanarat[125] 1987–1999 Fiji Sitiveni Rabuka[126]

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