Depose and Conquer

by | Apr 29, 2006 | Stress Blog

Check out this NYT review of the new book Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer.

“What’s most depressing about Kinzer’s book, however, is not the drastic clash it describes between professed American morality and actual American behavior. For, after all, the historical record of other democratic imperial powers, like Britain and France, has been even worse than that of the United States. Operating in the real world as a great power is not a business for the overly fastidious.

“But if you are going to use the argument that making a successful geopolitical omelet requires breaking eggs, you’d better have something edible to show for all the shattered shells lying around. As Kinzer makes clear, the problem is that all too many of the interventions he recounts were not just utterly ruthless; they were utterly unnecessary.

Of these, the ugliest was the overthrow of the democratic socialist government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzm

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