We came, we saw, we destroyed, we forgot


The Anti-Empire Report

by William Blum

July 29, 2011

An updated summary of the charming record of US foreign policy. Since the end of the Second World War, the United States of America has …

  1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of which were democratically-elected.[1]
  2. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.[2]
  3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.[3]
  4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.[4]
  5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.[5]

In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world):

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • British Guiana (now Guyana)
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo (also as Zaire)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany (plus East Germany)
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Soviet Union
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam (plus North Vietnam)
  • Yemen (plus South Yemen)
  • Yugoslavia

US Interventions Map

Notes

1. http://killinghope.org/essays6/othrow.htm

2. http://killinghope.org/bblum6/suppress.html

3. See chapter 18 of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower – add Palestine, 2006 to the list

4. http://killinghope.org/superogue/bomb.htm

5. http://killinghope.org/bblum6/assass.ht

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