The U.S. Still “Hearts” Brutal Dictators
John Glaser @ Antiwar.com reports that U.S. support for Iraq’s brutal leader Nouri al-Maliki is “Sowing the Seeds for Future Chaos”. The American trained Iraqi Special Operations Forces are essentially acting as “Maliki’s personal army” by stifling political dissent via imprisonment,torture,or murder. Predictably, Al-Qaeda’s presence is growing as a reaction to Maliki’s iron-fisted policies. Glaser then goes onto cite an Iraq expert from the London School of Economic who says,
“Maliki is heading towards an incredibly destructive dictatorship, and it looks to me as though the Obama administration is waving him across the finishing line,” and
“Meanwhile, the most likely outcomes, which are either dictatorship or civil war, would be catastrophic because Iraq sits between Iran and Syria.”
So, there you have it. More chaos as a result of U.S. foreign policy which will most likely lead to more American troops, somewhere in the Middle East, in the coming years.
Lastly, we should not be surprised by the U.S.’s support of brutal regimes in the Middle East which has been its policy since at least the late 1950’s after the CIA-backed overthrow of democratically leader Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953. The U.S. puppet Muhammed Reza Shah, was then named ruler of Iran. The U.S., or more specifically the C.I.A., then began funding and training the SAVAK, aka the Iranian Shah’s secret police, who was responsible for imprisoning, torturing, and potentially murdering tens of thousands of political dissenters ( Also see Modern History of Iran  ).