Coups Arranged or Backed
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Whenever, an event like this occurs there are two reasons to be considered.
|Year||Country||Reason Given||Actual Reason|
|1949||Syria||Communism||Elected government against USA political interests and pro-Palestinian.|
|1949||Greece||Communism||Elected government against USA political and economic interests.|
|1952||Cuba||None||Elected government against USA business interests.|
|1953||Iran||None||Elected government against USA oil interests.|
|1953||British Guyana||None||Access to sugar and bauxite.|
|1954||Guatemala||Communism||Elected government against USA business interests.|
|1955||South Vietnam||Communism||French backed leader replaced by USA backed leader.|
|1957||Haiti||Haiti is near the USA||Previous government against USA business interests.|
|1958||Laos||None||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1959||Laos||None||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1960||South Korea||Communism||Previous leader not strong enough for USA.|
|1960||Laos||None||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1960||Ecuador||Communism||Previous government too independent in foreign policy.|
|1963||Dominican Republic||Business Interests||Elected government against USA business interests.|
|1963||South Vietnam||None||Previous leader's policies led to televised suicides.|
|1963||Honduras||Communism||Pro-USA government and access to resources.|
|1963||Guatemala||Communism||Military government was about to allow elections.|
|1963||Ecuador||None||Elected government too independent.|
|1964||Brazil||Communism||Access to resources and cheap labour.|
|1964||Bolivia||Communism||Previous government too independent in foreign policy.|
|1965||Zaire||None||Access to cobalt, copper and diamonds.|
|1966||Ghana||None||Previous government too independent in foreign policy.|
|1970||Cambodia||None||Previous king against USA political interests.|
|1970||Bolivia||None||Country took ownership of its oil and tin.|
|1972||El Salvador||Communism||Elected leader against USA business interests.|
|1973||Chile||Communism||Elected government against USA business interests.|
|1975||Australia||None||Elected government had unsuitable foreign policy.|
|1979||South Korea||None||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1980||Liberia||Democracy||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1982||Chad||None||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1983||Grenada||Democracy||Pro-USA government wanted.|
|1987||Fiji||Democracy||Previous elected government supported nuclear-free Pacific.|
|2002||Venezuela||None||Disagreed with foreign policy of elected government.|
|2004||Haiti||Fraudulent elections||Disagreed with economic policy of elected government.|
|2009||Honduras||Attempted to Change Constitution||Disagreed with economic and foreign policy of elected government.|
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US Foreign Interventions.
This listing goes back to 1890.
"From 1945 to the end of the [20th] century, the USA attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes. In the process, the USA caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair".
Michael Krenn, quoting the USA chargé d'Affairs in 1929;
"Until the Venezuelan people could be trusted to make the right decisions concerning their political and economic direction - and that time was deemed to be in the very distant future - it was best for all concerned that they be kept safe from democracy."
CIA document, dated 10 September 1973 about Chile:
"The coup attempt will begin September 11. All three branches of the armed forces and the Carabineros are involved in this action. A declaration will be read on Radio Agricultura at 7 A.M. on 11 September."
Jack Kubisch, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Testimony before the USA House Subcommittee on Inter American Affairs 20 September 1973 about the Chilean coup:
"Gentlemen, I wish to state as flatly and as categorically as I possibly can that we did not have advance knowledge of the coup that took place on September 11."
Pentagon's Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994 - 1999, a USA planning document:
"Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival... we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."
Bill Clinton, USA president, speaking in Greece;
"When the junta took over in 1967 here the United States allowed its interests in prosecuting the Cold War to prevail over its interests - I should say its obligation - to support democracy, which was, after all, the cause for which we fought the Cold War. it is important that we acknowledge that."
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