Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba

Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba

AMY GOODMAN: Here on Democracy Now!, I’m Amy Goodman with Juan Gonzalez. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As special counsel Robert
Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling into the 2016 election, we take a look back
at Washington’s record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered
in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn’t count U.S.-backed coups
and invasions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey recently
joked about the U.S. record of meddling overseas, during an interview with Laura Ingraham on
Fox News. LAURA INGRAHAM: Have we ever tried to meddle
in other countries’ elections? JAMES WOOLSEY: Oh, probably. But it was for the good of the system, in
order to avoid the communists from taking over. LAURA INGRAHAM: Yeah. JAMES WOOLSEY: For example, in Europe in ’47,
’48, ’49, the Greeks and the Italians, we—CIA— LAURA INGRAHAM: We don’t do that now, though? We don’t mess around in other people’s
elections, Jim? JAMES WOOLSEY: Well, mmm, yum, yum, yum, never
mind. Only for a very good cause. LAURA INGRAHAM: Can you do that—let’s
do a vine video and—as former CIA director. I love it. JAMES WOOLSEY: Only for very good cause— LAURA INGRAHAM: OK. JAMES WOOLSEY: —in the interests of democracy. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The list of countries where
the U.S. has interfered is long. In 1893, the U.S. helped overthrow the kingdom
of Hawaii. Five years later, in 1898, the U.S. invaded
and occupied Cuba and Puerto Rico. A year later, it was the Philippines. Early 20th century interventions included
Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, all in the 1910s. AMY GOODMAN: In 1953, the U.S. helped overthrow
the Iranian government. A year later, in 1954, U.S.-backed coup in
Guatemala, overthrowing the democratically elected leader of Guatemala, Jacobo Árbenz. Then, in the ’60s, the list grew to include,
once again, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and the Congo. And that’s just a partial list. Even with the end of the Cold War, U.S. interference
overseas did not end. Next week marks the 15th anniversary of the
U.S. invasion of Iraq to topple the government of Saddam Hussein. We now go to Stephen Kinzer, former New York
Times foreign correspondent, who writes about world affairs for The Boston Globe. He’s the author of a number of books, including
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, All the Shah’s Men:
An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. He’s written the book Bitter Fruit about
the coup in Guatemala. And his latest book is The True Flag: Theodore
Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire. Stephen Kinzer, we welcome you back to Democracy
Now! to talk, sadly, about the very same issue. I’m not quite sure where to begin, whether
to go back to the beginning, but let’s start, since it was 65 years ago, in Iran, in 1953,
in March of 1953. The U.S. was in full swing making plans for
overthrowing the government of the democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mosaddegh. Can you talk about what the U.S. did in Iran
then? So well known throughout Iran, but most people
in this country have no idea. STEPHEN KINZER: Early in the 20th century,
the people of Iran began moving towards democracy. It was a very difficult struggle. It was back and forth. But finally, after the Second World War, democracy
did emerge in Iran. It was the one parenthesis, the one period
of real democracy that we’ve had in Iran over the last hundred years. So, the problem came when the Iranians chose
the wrong leader. They did something that the United States
never likes: They chose a leader who wanted to put the interests of his own country ahead
of the interests of the United States. And that alarmed the West, and particularly
the United States. Mosaddegh’s first move was to nationalize
Iranian oil. We thought this would be a terrible example
for the rest of the world. We didn’t want to start this process going
in other countries. So, in order to set an example, the United
States decided we would work with the British to overthrow the elected democratic government
of Iran. We sent a senior CIA officer, who worked in
the basement of the American Embassy in Iran organizing the coup. The coup finally succeeded in the summer of
1953. Mosaddegh was overthrown. And, more important, the democratic system
in Iran was destroyed forever. This was not just an attack on one person,
but an attack on democracy. And the reason why we attacked that democracy
is the democracy produced the wrong person. So, we like elections and democratic processes,
but they have to produce the candidates we like; otherwise, our approval disappears. AMY GOODMAN: And the person he sent—that
the U.S., the Dulles brothers, sent in to Iran with the suitcases of money to begin
the process, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson? STEPHEN KINZER: That’s right. Sometimes I wonder if there’s something
genetic in the Roosevelt family that predisposes them toward regime change. It is a kind of a quirk of history that the
person who effectively projected the United States into the regime change era at the beginning
of the 20th century, Teddy Roosevelt, had a grandson who went to Iran in the 1950s and
carried out a regime change operation there. And there were similarities— AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to go— STEPHEN KINZER: —between the operations
that they carried out. AMY GOODMAN: Before you go on, Stephen, I
wanted to go to a part of a trailer from an upcoming documentary titled Coup 53 about
the 1953 British-American coup in Iran and the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh, directed
by the Iranian physicist-turned-award-winning-documentary-filmmaker Taghi Amirani. TAGHI AMIRANI: This man, Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh,
he was our first democratically elected prime minister. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Nobody knows who Mosaddegh
was. Democratically elected prime minister of Iran. TAGHI AMIRANI: In 1952, Time magazine named
him Man of the Year, because he had nationalized Iranian oil and kicked the British out. UNIDENTIFIED: [translated] Mosaddegh came
along and threw them out. They were gone. Gone! Gone!! UNIDENTIFIED: [translated] The Iranian people
had rejected the Shah’s rule with blood, with blood, and bare hands in front of tanks. INTERVIEWER: You had a million dollars in
cash to run the coup, right? KERMIT ROOSEVELT: That’s right. DAVID TALBOT: Kermit Roosevelt was prepared
to do whatever he had to do, when he was given this mission by Allen Dulles to overthrow
the democratic government of Iran. ALLEN DULLES: But may I say this? At no time has the CIA engaged in any political
activity or any intelligence activity that was not approved at the highest level. AMY GOODMAN: That last voice, Allen Dulles,
head of the CIA from 1952 to 1961. At the time, his brother—his brother, Secretary
of State Dulles, was secretary of state. We’re talking about the overthrow of Iran
for the British oil company that would later become British Petroleum. Is that right, Stephen Kinzer? STEPHEN KINZER: Yes. That company is now called BP. So, you’re seeing long-term effects of these
interventions, and what you’re seeing in Iran today 100 percent ties back to what we
did in 1953. We like to have this idea that these operations
are discreet, they’re not going to have any long-term effects. We’ll remove one government, place another
favorable government in power, and anything will go fine. Everybody will forget it, and it won’t have
any long-term effects. But if you look around the world, you can
see that these kinds of operations to interfere in other countries’ politics, what the CIA
calls “influence operations,” actually not only often wind up devastating the target
country, but, in the end, undermine the security of the United States. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Stephen Kinzer, I’d like
to move to another part of the world: Nicaragua. Most people are familiar, obviously, with
the Reagan-era attempts to overthrow the Sandinista government or the period during the Roosevelt
era of the attempts to get rid of Sandino as a force in Nicaragua. But, further back, José Santos Zelaya, at
the beginning of the 20 century, could you talk about the efforts of the U.S. government
to overthrow Zelaya? STEPHEN KINZER: Zelaya was a fascinating figure,
certainly the most formidable leader Nicaragua ever had. He was a slashing reformer. He was a liberal, a progressive. He built ports and roads, tried to build up
a middle class in Nicaragua. He brought the first automobile into Nicaragua,
the first streetlights. He organized the first baseball league. He was a true modernizer. But he had one characteristic the United States
really didn’t like. And that is, he wanted Nicaragua to have an
independent foreign policy. When he needed to raise money for a planned
railroad across Nicaragua, rather than seek loans from the Morgan bank in the United States
as we wanted him to do, he floated the loan offers in London and in Paris. The United States tried to get those governments
to forbid the offering of those loan agreements, but they refused. Sure enough, the money was raised. And America became very alarmed. Nicaragua was trying to diversify its international
relations. It didn’t want to be just under the power
of the United States. And that was a fatal decision by Zelaya. Once he decided that he wanted to pull Nicaragua
out from under the thumb of the United States, he became a target. And we did overthrow him in 1909. That was the beginning of a century of American
interference in Nicaragua. I think you can argue that there’s no country
in the world where the cycle of American intervention—imposition of a dictator, rebellion, repression, and
a return of American power to impose another leader—is so clear, over such a long period
of time, the way it is in Nicaragua. AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to Stephen Kinzer,
former New York Times foreign correspondent, now writes the world affairs column for The
Boston Globe. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And I wanted to ask you about
another invasion that is rarely talked about these days: the invasion of the Dominican
Republic in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson and the efforts of the United States, again, to control
the affairs of the Dominican Republic over many, many years, because, obviously, there
were two invasions of the Dominican Republic. There was one at the early part of the century
that led to the rise of Trujillo, and then there was one after the fall of Trujillo to
attempt regime change against President Juan Bosch, who had been elected into office. STEPHEN KINZER: You have placed it very well,
because if we remember this operation at all, we remember the American Marines landing on
the beaches in the Dominican Republic. But the cause of that intervention was the
foolish mistake of the Dominican people of electing a leader who was unpalatable to the
United States. Juan Bosch was a figure a little bit like
Zelaya had been half a century earlier in Nicaragua. He didn’t want the Dominican Republic to
be under the thumb of the United States. He wanted it to be an independent country. And this was something the U.S. couldn’t
tolerate. All these movements in the Caribbean Basin
have been—have had, as a fundamental part of their political program, measures to limit
the power of foreign corporations in their countries, and often measures to limit the
amount of land that foreigners can own in their country. These are the kinds of measures that are hateful
to the American corporations that have gotten so rich from taking the resources of the Caribbean
Basin, and leaders who promote those policies always find themselves in Washington’s crosshairs. This is not just ancient history. We had an episode in Honduras in 2009 where
a president who was very much in this line, trying to pull Honduras away from subservience
to the United States, was overthrown in a coup by the military, dragged out of his house
in the middle of the night in his pajamas, sent into exile. The U.S. was so happy, members of Congress
even went to Honduras to congratulate the leader of the coup. And then, just last year, a new election was
held to ratify the results of the coup. The election was so fraudulent that for the
first time in the history of the Organization of American States, the OAS called for a new
election. And the leader of the OAS, Almagro, had to
do it, because he had been denouncing attacks on democracy in Venezuela and figured he couldn’t
just stand by while something even worse was done in Honduras. Unfortunately, the United States doesn’t
have that kind of shame, and we cheered that election. We refused the call for a new election. And Honduras today is under the rule of a
regime that is the product of a coup, supported by the United States, against an elected government. So, this is not something that we used to
do in ancient history. This is something that’s happening right
now. And that’s why those of us familiar with
this history roll our eyes a little bit when we hear these outraged allegations that Russia
has been doing something so dastardly as to try to influence our politics. AMY GOODMAN: Stephen Kinzer, can you take
us on a brief, kind of thumbnail journey from the overthrow of Hawaii, the Spanish-American
War, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines—all before the turn of the 20th century? STEPHEN KINZER: This was a fascinating period,
and it really was the moment when the United States went from being what you could call
a continental empire—that is, inside North America—to being an overseas empire, a crucial
moment of decision for the United States. That was not inevitable, but that was the
choice we made. So, in 1893, at the behest of sugar growers
in Hawaii, the United States promoted the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. The idea was that Hawaii would then immediately
become part of the United States. That didn’t happen, because there was a
change of presidency in Washington, and the new president, Grover Cleveland, hated that
intervention and didn’t want to take Hawaii in. Then, five years later, in 1898, when Grover
Cleveland was gone, the Spanish-American War broke out. The United States became interested in the
Pacific, because we destroyed the Spanish fleet in the Philippines. Then we decided we should take the Philippines
for ourselves. We became interested in the China market. This was a real, fantastic Fata Morgana out
there for American business. The American press was full of stories about
how many nails we could sell in China, if we could get the Chinese to use nails; how
much cotton we could sell there; how much beef we could sell there, if we could get
the Chinese to eat beef. So, we decided we needed stepping stones to
China. And that was the moment when we decided, “Let’s
take Hawaii as we’ve taken the Philippines.” So, that happened at the same time the United
States was consolidating its rule over Cuba and Puerto Rico. In Cuba, we staged a presidential election,
after we consolidated our power there in 1898. We found a candidate that we liked. We found him in upstate New York. He spoke good English, which is always essential
for the people that we promote. We brought him back to Cuba. As soon as it became clear that the campaign
was rigged, the other candidate dropped out. He became president of Cuba. Sure enough, six years later, the United States
had to send troops back to Cuba to suppress protests against him. They occupied Cuba for three more years. Then they left. They had to come back again about six or seven
years later, in 1917, because again the Cuban people had had the temerity to elect a leader
who was unpalatable to the United States. So, this was a great model for an idea, a
concept, that has reverberated through the whole period since then, which is: Have your
elections, but you must elect someone we like; otherwise, we’re going to go to Plan B. AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to go to break,
and then we’re going to come back with Stephen Kinzer and talk about James Woolsey’s latest
comment. When asked on Fox if the U.S. is still interfering
with people’s elections, he chuckles and says, “Only for a good cause.” Yes, we’re talking with Stephen Kinzer,
former New York Times foreign correspondent, now writing a world affairs column for The
Boston Globe, has written many books, one on the coup, U.S. overthrow of Guatemalan
democratically elected government, called Bitter Fruit, one called Overthrow: America’s
Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, one specifically on Iran, All the Shah’s
Men, and his latest book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American
Empire. This is Democracy Now! Back in a minute. [break] AMY GOODMAN: “Nicaragua” by Bruce Cockburn,
here on Democracy Now!. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. Our guest is Stephen Kinzer, former New York
Times foreign correspondent, now writes for The Boston Globe. He’s author of a number of books, his latest,
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire. Juan? JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Yeah, I’d like to ask you,
in terms of the Spanish-American War and, of course, of the bitter guerrilla war that
developed in the Philippines in the 1899, 1900, the birth of the Anti-Imperialist League
in the United States—it was a widespread movement of Americans opposed to this overseas
empire. Could you talk about some of the figures and
the impact of the Anti-Imperialist League? Because we don’t see that kind of organization
these days, even though the U.S. empire continues to grow and make itself felt around the world. STEPHEN KINZER: The story of the Anti-Imperialist
League is a central part of my new book, The True Flag. And I like my books always to be voyages of
discovery. I’m always looking for some really big story
that shaped the world but that we don’t know about. And this really is one. Here’s a story that has almost completely
dropped out of our history books. But the Anti-Imperialist League was a major
force in American life in the period around 1898, 1900. It was based in Boston, later moved to Washington,
had chapters all over the United States. Some of the leading figures in the United
States were members. The leaders of the Anti-Imperialist League
included billionaires like Andrew Carnegie and social activists like Jane Addams and
Samuel Gompers, Booker T. Washington. Grover Cleveland was a member. It was really a remarkable group. It staged hundreds of rallies, published thousands
of leaflets, intensely lobbied in Washington, and actually had quite an impact. This was a debate that seized the attention
of the entire American people: Should we begin taking territories outside North America? Or should we now stop, now that we’ve consolidated
our North American empire? Everybody in the United States realized this
was a huge decision. It dominated newspaper coverage. When the treaty by which the United States
took the Philippines and Guam and Puerto Rico was brought before the Senate, there was a
34-day debate. That’s the center of my book. In this debate, you will see every argument,
on both sides, that has ever been used, for the last 120 years. Every argument about why intervention is a
good idea or a bad idea starts there. And the Anti-Imperialist League played a great
role in that debate. And interestingly enough, that treaty, that
set us off on the path of global empire, was passed in the Senate by a margin of one vote
more than the required two-thirds majority. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, of course, the— STEPHEN KINZER: And when it was challenged
in the Supreme Court, it was five to four. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, of course, the most eloquent
spokesman—the most elegant spokesman for the Anti-Imperialist League was none other
than Mark Twain, no? STEPHEN KINZER: This is another discovery
I made while I was writing my book. I grew up with what I now realize was a partial,
a kind of false, image of Mark Twain. I always thought of him as Mr. Nice Guy. He’s a sweetheart. He’s everybody’s favorite old uncle, who
has nice curly white hair and rocks on his porch and tells nice, funny stories that everybody
laughs at. This is not correct! This is not the real Mark Twain. Mark Twain was an eviscerating anti-imperialist. He was militant. He was intent. He used to write that Americans fighting in
foreign wars were carrying a polluted musket under a bandit’s flag. And he even wanted to change the flag of the
United States, to change the stars to skull-and-crossbones symbols. So, I now realize that we have sort of sanctified
and bleached Mark Twain for public consumption. Many of the quotes I use from Twain in my
book do not appear in many biographies or anthologies. That part of Twain has been dropped out of
his legacy, and I’m trying to recovery it, because he speaks to us today. AMY GOODMAN: Makes me wonder if his books
will start to be taken out of libraries around the country.

100 thoughts on “Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba

  1. Yeah, the CIA vetted, corporate news and entertainment systemwould never provide an alternative perspective. Ludicrous how poor soldiers die so wealthy businessmen get wealthier.

  2. Read, "War Is A Racket" by Smedly Butler. It's all you need to explain past, present, and future American foreign policy.

  3. Wow! I'm amazed by how much Dem Now, changed it;s tune from spreading bullshit, to finally spreading some truth! And all it took was people on both sides, Open border ,baby murdering leftists, like the demoncrats, and the Christian Right Trump lovin independants, both waking up and realizing that ISRAEL, and APAC , wield way too much power over the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! I am an America first, and so are most American….. Irish, Mexicans, Muslims, and Jews.

  4. There is no good cause in meddling in another country's election. That goes against UN law. It was funny at how quick he threw out Communism as a reason to interfere in another country's election or government. We scare the American people and they'll scream for us to take down the evil man.

  5. This just shows how naive and ignorant the american people are to true american history, and all this has happened in the last 130 years.
    This is not ancient history, it is recent history. And the U.S. government has not changed, it is doing even more wicket corrupt vile
    crimes to this day. I hate hearing people say god bless america, seriously, how does a nation with such a horrible, sinister history
    deserve any special blessing from the most high. It deserves curses and judgement from the most high above. The people in this nation
    wont wake up until the tribulation comes, and they will be cursing the most high for there torment they will suffer for all of the evil this
    nation has done. It will be a blessing to this world when america falls, all of the millions who have died and suffered by america's hand.
    And the american people will be astonished and dumb founded when judgement comes, and it will be in our life time, you can count on it.

  6. Is it OK to say white devils?

    This is one the things that many Americans dont understand. If a war broke out against Russia and China , America is going to experience element X- the killer bees. Russia and China will deal with physical arsenals while the lesser countries will contribute their aspects. America does not know how many silent stealth enemies it has and what is coming to it. I'm seeing this left to right…

  7. Did they count Australia in 70's? What about Honduras during the Obama Administration orchestrated by Hillary? Who is going to bring these war criminals to justice.?

  8. What I always find shocking is that most of the time those regime change war are for the benefit of private corporation

  9. Don't forget the dismissal of an Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, in 1975 – see 'The Forgotten Coup': John Pilger or 'Killing Hope': William Blum.

  10. These events of toppling democratic nations occurred in recent history and yet we learn nothing of it in history lesson at school. I wonder why that is?

  11. “The Iranians picked the wrong leader”…we literally have a dumpster fire destroying the world(trump) there should be a single world nation. Our planet is going to die before we get it right.

  12. Yeah. Our government brutalizes us too. & Cuts our throats for corporate profits as well. We have no control over our government. They have complete control over us.

  13. Honestly Russia meddling in our election is nothing new–the US gov't does it so often that it's a staple. I'm completely against it. Completely against the corruption of our government and I know that there is a high chance that there will be a new Revolution.

  14. The U.S. is not be influenced by Russia. The U.S. is being influenced by Israel. All the proof you need is Hollywood and Democrats are pushing lbgtq agenda. The U.S. has Parasites. The U.S. not longer represents the American people. The government of America are not longer the government of America. The former American government is The District of Columbia. The District of Columbia is NOT American soil. The elected officials are guilty of Treason and betraying the people and their country.

  15. "Weeelll, myumnyumnyum." HAHAHA! American empire and violence is so funny! Someone make a Vine video of that! 😠😠😠

  16. Opium Wars too? So much Evil in politics … the neverending story of BS, greed, ad infinitum with souless mission Creep fucts!

  17. 100 years of Federal reserve $$$.
    Read the constitution article 1 section 1. Debt is Unconstitutional, that's why there are EXCHANGE RATES.!!

  18. This is fake news! America is the beacon of humanity! They never had slaves, committed genocide against indigenous people or oppress blacks and Hispanics. They have never illegally invaded a country and 911 definitely wasn't an inside job.

  19. i am saddened at the vileness the USA government heads of state persons and leader persons have shown towards foreign countries over the many years, in order to prevent the foreign countries to become independent. Yet, we are to remember that Kindness Never Fails, Loving-Kindness Essence Is The Way. Thus, the heads of state persons, leader persons, policy maker persons, and military and secret intelligence and secret society persons of the USA and the world will and shall reap all the vile and devastating consequences of pain and suffering that they have sown for the world's poverty-stricken, poor, homeless, low-income, innocent, kind-loving, humble, naiive, honest, vulnerable, unknowledgeable, and righteous persons of the world. we each of us reaps that which we each of us hath sown: persons/beings who sow war, destruction, violence, instability, unrest, hatred, division, conceit, pride, arrogance, domination, suffering, persecution, pain, murder, killing, maiming, illness, addictions, dishonesty, deceit, deception, anger, hopelessness, non-compassion, non-empathy, non-caring, self-righteousness, selfishness, self-gratification, gluttony, greed, luxury, sexual and material lust, non-unity, impoliteness, and non-peace towards other fellow human beings and throughout the world, will and shall reap the same that which they hath sown. Persons/Beings who sow peace, kindness, love, stability, unity, rest, assimilation and co-operation, collaboration, humility, modesty, simplicity, meekness, submission, honest, authenticity, calmness, hopefulness, compassion, empathy, caring, sharing, warmth, generosity, giving, righteousness, selflessness, politeness, and gentleness upon and towards other fellow human beings and throughout the world, will and shall reap the same that which they hath sown. Thus, Kindness Never Fails, Loving-Kindness Essence Is The Way

  20. The wicked king's of the earth playing chess with the less powerful nation's the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah shall destroy them all selah

  21. There is so much unturned information regarding the atrocities of America's endeavors that we would only be scratching the surface of it's secrets.


  23. The current racist trump administration is just the democrats way of getting you to go running back to them, they're all in it together, prob same for alot other countries, a big game they play so the rich percent around the world can keep shitting in gold toilets, wouldn't say capitalism is evil just the sick cunts running the show behind the scenes, fuck republicans fuck democrats fuck the Tories and labour, fuck em all

  24. if America was there it's "bad"…
    If America never went there it's a disaster..tyrants communist s dictators financed by others…
    Germany and Japan rebuilt by America…now free good countries.

    Tired of your America bashing and ignore genocides in Syria , commie china, Saudi Arabia lack of human rights and bash America and or Israel…
    However I agree what Brits and America did to Iran was evil.
    We should apologize and make efforts to befriend Iran today..

  25. Through fake Jewish hands they have used Caucasians to meddle in everyone's affairs but their own!! They are the Meddlers!!

  26. Very unpleasant history ! I have been censored on F.B. for stating the historical record of N.E.A. boasting being largest Marxist org. in U.S. during 1920s !

  27. When Americans talk about democracy they mean "Model T" democracy. When Henry Ford was touting the benefits of the assembly line produced "Model T" car that the ordinary American workers could afford, he said "And it comes in all colors AS LONG AS IT IS BLACK". When Americans rave about democracy they mean you can elect whom ever you want as long as you elect whom we damn well tell you to elect, otherwise we shall militarily intervene regardless of how many people we kill and the misery we cause. Our american corporations must profit at the expense of the local population! Hurrah for Democracy!!!

  28. This information is easily available. Those who don't already know it don't want to know it. Which is understandable. There is so much of US history that's shameful.

  29. America not only has a long standing history of devastating foreign interests, they doubly are devastating Black Americans today, and counting. Yet, because of America's racist past and present, most Whites staunchly refuse to admit to their willing participation in this crime of inhumanity, nor are they–as a collective–willing to do much of anything substantial to stop it. Do not most Whites know how they are aiding and abetting the eraser of Black (DOS) existence in this country? Economic deprivation, mass incarceration, white terrorism, Gentrification, Unemployment and police brutality have been the bane of Black Americans existence. Their communities are being displaced and gobbled up across this great nation. Every year there is a new evil on the doorsteps of Black folk. White supremacy is truly Satanic!

  30. So the US overthrew the government of Honduras in 2009… that is, when the US president was Barack Obama. Unfortunately, he wasn't blindsided, like Jimmy Carter in Nicaragua.


  32. ALL US citizens need to know these facts. So do not get angry when Russia tried to meddle in your politic. Karma. Anyway USA politic has always been influenced by Israel. If you dare to say bad about it you will be branded as anti-semitic.

  33. I'm surprised to read so many complaints and people feeling surprised by this news. How did they think they maintained white supremacy and economic power. Why you think they hate Black people so much cuz they KNOW we're going to bring this to an end. Read your bible!

  34. Dr. mohamad Mosadeq was not elected he was put in in place by late shah as a prime minister and became very popular. People over thru shah in his favor. Shah left Iran. CIA brought Shah back as their puppet and once he started not listening to their orders they replaced him with Khomeni. Khomeini became harder to deal with than shah but it was too late. It cost stupid Carter his presidency's.


  36. Mosaddegh did many illegal things and was illegal after 25 Amordad, his removal wqs completely legal, cia is bloffing about meddeling. You communists know nothing about Iran so better to shut ….

  37. I don't care either way. These events were "wrong" only because they were logically pointless and deeply flawed in execution, and for not other reasons.

    I only support rule by the knowledgeable. Rule by logic alone.

    Democracy is nothing but mob rule…absurdity justified by the fallacy argumentum ad populum, and nothing more. Every other autocratic system and everything between the two, so far, has just been argumentum ab auctoritate. No better, and no worse. One self-destructive, the other is weak.

    What the wealthy or supposed "elites" want is irrelevant. What the people want is irrelevant. What is "moral" is irrelevant. Only that which is logically defensible and empirically accurate, matters.

  38. The US interfered with the elections in Australia in 1975, which led to the downfall of the Whitlam Government that it regarded as too Left Wing.

  39. One day through technology these criminals will come for the American people. Don't doubt for a second they don't have their sites set on us.

  40. the Dulles brothers were rockefucker cousins.. this guy's failure to condemn the DemPublicanCFR ruling elite that persues our fascist foreign to benefit their families… is typical of new York times reporters..

  41. Seed of Satan. Son of Esau. They only come to kill steal rape pillage and destroy. They shall commit crimes against you and hold themselves NOT guilty

  42. Love it! All of you in here pointing the finger at republicans better check your history, then look in the mirror…it might not fit your narrative. I'm also betting that you are not looking at the context of the time…but, I'm guessing you're too young to even know what the cold war really meant….why don't you ask a hungarian or a romanian or any of the baltic states etc., etc., etc.. Ask any of them that's old enough to remember. Hmmm, 1979…wasn't that Jimmy Carter? I think it was…

  43. Happening now in Venezuala, the latest example of plotting to remove a fairly elected leader and replace with a puppet. If that puppet runs death squads and secret detention without trial, then the US won't even put the brakes on, but rather they arm and train the killers. Of course karmah sometimes brings this evil home to roost on US soil and then the military recruits the sons and daughters of the poor to avenge the outrage, usually against the wrong targets, and so it goes on.

  44. They're still doing it this is all the theater show and I have to say this is their job if other countries Advanced themself there won't be any United State or Israel or the European communities. So this is what they do and if you notice they always pick dictators to run these f*** up countries it is what it is you don't like it changes Channel

  45. I believe between the US and Russia there's a game going on to f*** any brown people as they can USA excuses Russia's influences and Russia's excuses us influences but as you can see Donald Trump and Putin they always hang out together and drink and shake and smile doesn't that tell you anything give me a break man

    As for Democracy Now, not all countries do better in a democracy, especially those with different ethnic groups. Examples are Libya and Iran! Detractors would argue that the leaders of these countries are 'evil' and harsh with opponents, even killing some of them. Look at these 'Liberated by US' countries. Their citizens were much, much better off under the dictators than the current situation.

  47. Excellent work by real decent journalists! Thank you for discovering some new facts I've not known and stressing on some others familiar to me. Ironically, that side of Mark Twain's biography Stephen Kinzer is talking about was well known for many persons born in the USSR before 1980 who were at least a bit interested in American literature and history.

  48. America is getting the type of Government it has imposed upin others as it transitions into a White Nationalist Fascist Police State

  49. To speak Truth is a Revolutionary Act thus those True Patriots who do are Demonized as Unpatriotic, Anti-American, Subversive thus a Threat to National Security
    We have a Corporate Owned Controlled Government with a Conservative Right Wing & Liberal Left Wing thus the Democrats got us involved in the Vietnam War while the Republicans escalated it, Republicans initiated these Regime Change Wars for Corporate Profit starting with Iraq, the Democrats continued it with Libya& Syria while the present Republican Administration wants Regime Chane in Venezuela & Iraq, our Democracy is a sham, our Politicians are Corporate Owned & are Preselected & Prepackaged then put forth to be Elected by us giving us the Illusion of Democracy

  50. The Venezuelan situation today mirrors the Iranian situation.
    The US corporate government is offended that any nation should want to capitalized on their own resources to benefit their own country instead of US corporations. Oh brother.

  51. Jews are known for accusing non-Jews of Jews' own misbehaviors. The United States politicians are controlled by Jewish money. It's no surprise, then, that the U.S. would accuse Russia of meddling in foreign elections when the U.S. is in fact guilty of this feat.

  52. We all came to think the Chinese were bad, expanding their influence in the South China Sea but Thaiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong are nothing compared to the US.

  53. Great video, very interesting report……..good education for people around the world, to learn the true face of America. Thanks.

  54. Did I not predict that “In the Endtime all Evil would be exposed?”

    The USA has been controlled by the Evil Essence since its inception.

    It’s people have been kept as blinded fools since the days of George Washington.

    ALL the wars it fought were started by its purposeful lies, even WW2.

    Do the research.

    I am not wrong.

  55. Wonder why all this crazy US history was never spoken-of or taught in history classes in US schools (Mabye because it was to much Truth, to add in the school books & curriculum)?!
    Someone always trys to hide the real Truths of the USA corporations gov world interest, Huh?! 🐒😰

  56. Dr Mosaddegh’s story rates as one of the most pivotal in the history of the Middle East. A true atrocity. I have never met any Brit or American who knows anything about it.

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