History Nerds: A Question on U.S. Intervention

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makaira
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Nov 28 2006 21:41
History Nerds: A Question on U.S. Intervention

I was just wondering if anybody could compile for me a rough list of times the U.S. has ousted a democratically elected leader of another country, whether successful or not.

1. Mossadegh (Iran)
2. Salvador Allende (Chile)
3. Jean-Bertrand Aristide (Haiti)
4. ...

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Nov 28 2006 21:51

depends on how you mean. The sanctions and contras sent the message to the nicaraguan people "vote for the american backed candidate or watch your children starve" Consequently, the sadinistas were voted out. So i guess what i'm asking is: what are your perameters for this list?

makaira
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Nov 28 2006 21:58
revolutionrugger wrote:
depends on how you mean. The sanctions and contras sent the message to the nicaraguan people "vote for the american backed candidate or watch your children starve" Consequently, the sadinistas were voted out. So i guess what i'm asking is: what are your perameters for this list?

I guess I mean... militarily? Kidnapping, such as the case in Haiti, also suffices.

I know arguments can be made when the U.S. backs a candidate in an election with money, but I'm looking for more direct intervention.

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Nov 28 2006 22:08

the attempts and subversions are just as important: Cuba and Venezuela for starters.

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Nov 28 2006 23:46
Tacks wrote:
the attempts and subversions are just as important: Cuba and Venezuela for starters.

Not to mention Italy 1948!

This wikipedia page has a lot

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Nov 29 2006 00:05
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Tacks wrote:
the attempts and subversions are just as important: Cuba and Venezuela for starters.

Not to mention Italy 1948!

This wikipedia page has a lot

That page makes my brain hurt.

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Nov 29 2006 01:33

And it can't hurt to mention Gladio - or was that an entirely indigenous endeavour...?

gosh i'm such a ruddy anarchist i can barely distinguish between ones state's oppression and anothers' grin

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Nov 29 2006 09:20

North-Cyprus in the 50s, through their Greek proxies (so no direct intervention). Kissinger was the mastermind in this.

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Nov 29 2006 09:22

You could do worse than read "Killing Hope" by William Blum. He gives accounts of all the major CIA operations since WWII.

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Nov 29 2006 13:33

Japan 1945.

Although the emperor wasn't elected...

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Nov 29 2006 13:45
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Japan 1945.

Although the emperor wasn't elected...

they didnt exactly "oust" the emperor - he got to stay in power (although it was only symbolic, admittedly). japan would've had a president or prime minister or whatever, but nobody ever seems to talk about them, so i dont know who they were, if they were elected, or whatnot embarrassed

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Nov 29 2006 15:53

The person in question was Kijuro Shidehara. As far as I know he was appointed by Emperor after Japan's surrender, no doubt with heavy pressure from the US occupiers.. The first elected (with heavy support from the US) PM was Shigeru Yoshida in 1946.

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Nov 30 2006 09:17

Grenada, West Indies, 1983 - though it was in response to a bloodless coup, not against an elected govt.

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Nov 30 2006 13:01

blum's list up to 1999:

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/US_Interventions_WBlumZ.html