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68,171. Conquest is not in our principles; it is inconsistent with our government. (Conquest & US Empire & Principles) Thomas Jefferson
68,172. If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest. (Conquest & US Empire & Principles) Thomas Jefferson
36,048. The New World Order is a more palatable name for the Anglo-American world empire. It’s the planetary domination of London, New York, Washington over the rest of the world ... The US/British world empire is what you are going to get. (New World Order & US Empire & British Empire) Professor Webster Tarpley, historian and author
36,114. They were holding a financial gun to the heads of third world governments. Propping up dictators and furthering the interests of Yankee imperialism. (Globalisation & US Empire) Professor Niall Ferguson, Ascent of Money: Chimerica, 2010
36,582. Americans need to educate themselves, from elementary school onward, about what their country has done abroad. And they need to play a more active role in ensuring that what the United States does abroad is not merely in keeping with a foreign policy elite’s sense of realpolitik but also with the American public's own sense of American values. (Elite & United States of America & US Empire & US Foreign Relations) Mohsin Hamid
38,533. For the last fifty years we’ve been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me ... I don’t understand what there is in the American character ... that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them. (Government & US Empire & Fascism & Right-Wing) William Shirer
43,779. Another operation to provide guns for the Contras that was also against the law. In this operation Americans and Israelis provided arms to the Contras and then the same smuggled drugs into the United States. (Drugs & Nicaragua & US Empire & Israel) US News report, cited Invisible Empire
47,247. I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits. (Hell & US Foreign Relations & US Empire) William S Burroughs
94,934. The CIA brought hundreds of Hitler’s ex-Intelligence officers back to the USA after the War. At secret bases they were retrained as CIA spies, then sent back to Germany to spy on the Russians. (Odessa & CIA & Spy & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops) Secrets of the CIA
33,557. In 1953 in fact the CIA secretly sponsored its first full-scale coup in Iran, and as a result the USA kept control of one of the largest oil producers in the world. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
33,558. In 1951 Prime Minister Mosaddegh became Iran’s first democratically elected leader. His first act in power was to nationalise Iran’s oil industry, and his second was to begin talks with Iran’s Soviet’ neighbour. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
33,559. In February 1979 the Iranian people staged the first ever Islamic revolution, which not only changed the face of Iran but changed the face of the entire Middle East. And the CIA had no idea that any of this was going to happen. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
69,021. The CIA’s actions in Cuba were designed to spark a popular revolution against Fidel who had come to power via a revolution himself – a revolution against American power in Cuba. (Cuba & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
34,869. The CIA’s first enemy was to be the red menace from Russia. (Enemy & CIA & & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
6,456. The CIA became convinced that the Russians had a new and powerful secret weapon. The CIA believed that the Russians knew how to control people’s mind. The CIA turned to its scientists and asked them to find a drug which could be used to control people’s minds. And in 1958 the CIA started a secret drug-testing program under the catchy but meaningless name of M K Ultra. (Mind Control & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & M K Ultra & Black Ops & Cold War) ibid.
34,870. By 1970 the CIA had perfected the art of overthrowing democratically elected leaders: Iran, Congo and Indonesia had already fallen victim to CIA plots to depose and replace their prime ministers. (CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Black Ops & Cold War) ibid.
77,225. Indonesia was strategically important. It had a huge population. And the CIA believed their prime minister, Sukarno, was going to open up the country to communism. The CIA made a bizarre decision. They tried to blacken prime-minister Sukarno’s name by making the world’s first celebrity porn film. They hired a Sukarno lookalike and filmed him enjoying the company of a young lady who wasn’t his wife. But the CIA failed to realise that Sukarno was already a famed womaniser, and this movie had no impact at all on his popularity. So when this amusing attempt to get rid of him failed, the CIA turned to something a lot less funny – black operations. (Indonesia & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup & Cold War) ibid.
77,226. Sukarno was driven from power. After the coup the CIA worked together with the generals to ensure every single communist in Indonesia was killed. (Indonesia & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup & Cold War) ibid.
34,871. On February 24th 1994 Aldrich Ames a CIA Soviet expert who’d worked at the CIA for nearly thirty years, was arrested with a suitcase stuffed full with cash and a plane ticket to Russia in his pocket. (Spy & CIA & Spy & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Cold War) ibid.
33,302. In 1980 Ronald Reagan sent the CIA into Afghanistan. Their secret mission was to fund, train and arm the Mujahideen, a band of Islamic Afghani fighters. They were at war with the Soviet-backed People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan. The CIA was told to crush the Soviet force by any means possible. (Afghanistan & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup & Reagan & Cold War) ibid.
78,501. Laos had enormous strategic importance in the fight for Vietnam. The Vietnamese communists from the north had been using a secret trail which ran through Laos to direct troops, weapons and supplies to fight the US troops in the south of Vietnam. The Americans couldn’t invade Laos, so the CIA was called in and ordered to take care of the problem. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Heroin & Black Ops & Cold War) ibid.
78,502. A huge quantity of the heroin produced by the tribesmen was delivered straight into the hands of the American GIs stationed in Vietnam. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations &
Heroin & Black Ops & Cold War) ibid.
48,438. If we had to play by the normal economic rules, we would have a normal sized military, not a massive global military which is larger than the next twenty nations combined, which is what we have right now. So if the dollar loses its status as the world reserve currency, that is the pillar that underpins American supremacy, then the military pillar, which is the other pillar of American supremacy, will fall away as well. (Oil & Dollar & US Foreign Relations & US Empire & Military) William Clark, author Petrodollar Warfare
48,490. Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people. (Oil & Food & Kissinger & US Empire) Henry Kissinger
66,857. I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves. (Chile & Kissinger & US Empire & US Foreign Relations) Henry Kissinger
70,944. Suharto [Indonesian President]: I would like to speak to you, Mr President, about another problem. Timor ... We want your understanding if we deem it necessary to take rapid or drastic action.
Gerald Ford: We will understand and we will not press you on this issue. We understand the problem you have and the intentions you have ...
Kissinger: You appreciate that the use of US-made arms could cause problems? (East Timor & Indonesia & US Empire & Kissinger)
70,945. Kissinger: On the Timor thing, that will leak in three months and it will come out that Kissinger overruled his pristine bureaucrats and violated the law. How many people … know about this?
Staff Member: Three.
Kissinger: Plus everybody in this meeting ... Everything on paper will be used against me. (East Timor & US Empire & Kissinger)
29,840. What are we to make of these accusations? Henry Kissinger is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the most famous American diplomat in history. Yet armed with recent evidence critics claimed that some of his past actions amounted to Crimes against Humanity. In a new climate of international justice a re-examination of Kissinger’s career may be in order. (Kissinger & Nixon & US Empire) The Trials of Henry Kissinger 2002, director Eugene Jarecki
108,756. Kissinger’s critics charge that his world view blinded him to the human cost of the Cold War. Recently released documents reveal episodes in Indo-China, Indonesia and Chile when Kissinger may have needlessly sacrifices human lives to pursue strategic goals. (Kissinger & Nixon & US Empire) ibid.