Joe - the CIA instigated the coup and brought the Shah of Iran back from exile in 1953 and supported his cruel regime for decades. The popular leader Mossadeq was proposing the nationalization of Iran`s oil because the British weren`t paying the royalties as agreed by treaty. The UK made a deal with the US, the US sent in the CIA and the outcome was a cruel regime and the BritishéAmerican Oil Company.
AS for being nasty outside of the US borders - Wow (off the top)
1953 - Iranian coup putting the cruel, exiled Shah of Iran in power.
1959 - Saddam had become a CIA asset in 1958 at the age of 20. In 1959 he, under CIA guidance, attempted to assassinate the Iraq military leader Major-General Abdul Karim el Qasim. He killed the driver and only wounded Qasim. (my spelling may be off)
1963 - America via the CIA organized a bloody coup in Iraq and brought back Saddam from exile and put him in power as an American puppet - backing him for decades.
-1980s - influenced and provoked the invasion of Iran by Saddam`s Iraq. America had hundreds of advisers on the ground supplying strategical information gleaned from US spy satellites - helped finance the invasion of Iran and supplied US weaponry. Likely supplied the gas that Saddam used to kill 3,000 Iranian soldiers on Iranian soil as well as the (disputed) gassing of the Kurds. Delivery devices were also likely US made. Iraq had no knowledge of creating poison gas nor how to deliver it. This can easily be shown by Iraq`s inability to even store the gas properly.
- The creation of the terrorist group called the Contras. This group was conceived and trained in America to fight against the Sandinistas revolting against the despot Somoza family who had tight ties with he US.
--Under Nixon a media coup was performed by the US CIA in Chilé. Nixon openly promoted propaganda in the Chiléan press with $10 million added to the money spend covertly by the CIA. Thus, the extreme criminal Pinochet rose to power and was supported by the US for decades.
- CIA actively present during the reign of the disappeared in Argentina.
-Guatemala - land reform government elected. United Fruits owned 75% of the arable land in Guatemala but would allow citizens of Guatemala no access. Paid pitiful wages that was paid in company script only having value at the high priced `company store`. This gave no economic value to the people in the surrounding towns. Completely backed by American Interests and the CIA overthrew that democracy.
- Philippines- sugar plantations owned by American firms would allow no planting of food crops even around workers huts. They were kept on starvation diets. US continued to back the Marcos dictatorship with Ronald Reagan calling Marcos a close friend.
-US backing of GE building a nuclear reactor in the Philippines. GE and Marcos ripped off billions from this venture that seems to have been never designed to work.
-El Salvador - the US backing of the extremely violent Christian Democratic military regime. The CIA was, almost certainly, involved in the creation and training of the Death Squads via their Schools of the Americas partition in Honduras.
-CIA use of LSD in unsuspecting Canadians in Canada. 1953 - spraying chemicals over Winnipeg Canada as a test. Co-operation of the Canadian government must be recognized.
-Believe me the list goes on and on and includes the events in Georgia and the breakaway state of Ossetia.
- Media manipulation of Americans to create favour for the illegal invasion of Iraq.
-Media lies about new born babies being taken from their beds and placed upon the hospital floors when Saddam (given the green light by Bush Sr) invaded Kuwait over an oil dispute.--------------
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