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United States Foreign policy is, so goes its official narrative, an aggressive promoter of freedom and democracy. James A. Lucas, estimated in 2015 that the US had killed perhaps 20-30 million foreigners since 1945.[1]

“The US/Saudi/Israeli alliance against Iran is the most important geo-political factor in the region today. It is high time this alliance stopped both funding ISIS and pretending to fight it; schizophrenia is not a foreign policy stance.”
Craig Murray (20 December 2018)  [citation needed]

Official narrative

The US is a force for good in the world. Attacks on foreign countries are well understood as "humanitarian intervention" intended not to fulfil the secret purposes of the US deep state, but by purely altruistic concerns. The commercially-controlled media generally presents a realistic bigger picture of world events. Those caught defying this modus operandi, such as Edwin Wilson, are the exceptional "bad apples", not the rule.

“Anybody who believes that a country's internal democracy is the determining factor in whether the West decides to move for violent regime change in that country, is a complete idiot. Any journalist or politician who makes that claim is more likely to be a complete charlatan than a complete idiot. In recent years, possession of hydrocarbon reserves is very obviously a major factor in western regime change actions.”
Craig Murray (January 2019)  [2]


In 1823, US president James Monroe expounded the US Monroe Doctrine that the US would oppose European nation states colonies in the Americas. At that time, the US military was relatively weak, but this doctrine continued to guide policy for a long time.

US relative military power increased after the hugely destructive WW1 sapped the strength of Britain and the other European nations. Although involved in this and in WW2, neither war was fought on US soil, and the US was on both winning sides.

Cold war

Full article: Cold war

After 1945, the US emerged, with nuclear weapons, engaged in the Cold War with the other 'superpower', the USSR. Open wars were few (with the notable exceptions of the Korean War and the Vietnam War), and the focus was on covert, CIA-sponsored, assassinations and regime change operations.

Operation Gladio

Full articles: Operation Gladio, Operation Gladio/B

At the close of WW2, a pan-European network of terrorist cells was set up under the moniker "stay behind network". Originally set up with the express intention of only being activated in case of a communist invasion, this carried out violent acts, including assassinations and false flag attacks which were used to manipulate public opinion. This was briefly investigated, mainly in Italy, after a spate of bombings in the 1970s and 80s. Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged individual in US history, has claimed that the US pentagon has an office codenamed Gladio/B which substituted Moslems for anti-communists.


Post 1989, the US has continued to intervene overseas. These have becoming increasingly more ambitious as the influence of the US deep state has replace that part of the democratic process which actually respected the will of the citizens.[3] In the 21st century, effective control of groups such as Al Qaeda has allowed the post 9/11 "war on terror" to be exploited as a general purpose casus belli. In countries such as Libya, aggressive foreign intervention has been portrayed by the commercially-controlled media as "humanitarian intervention".



Page nameDescription
US/Assassinations since 1945The list is very incomplete....
US/Bombing campaigns since 1945List of countries the US has bombed from the air since 1945.
US/Efforts to Suppress Democracy since 1945
US/Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945A list some of the regime changes in the world with help of the US and their military-industrial-complex.


Related Quotations

1959“A US Army operating manual from 1956 stated explicitly that biological and chemical warfare were an integral operating portion of US military strategy, were not restricted in any way, and that Congress had given the military “First Strike” authority on their use. In 1959, an attempt by Congress to remove this first-strike authority was defeated by the White House and bio-chemical weapons expenditures increased from $75 million to almost $350 million.”Larry Romanoff2020
Wesley Clark“In 2001, in the Pentagon, a general told me : ‘I just received a classified memo from the Secretary of Defense: we will take seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally, Iran.’”Wesley Clark2 March 2007
NGO“It’s almost as though the greater the devastation caused by neoliberalism, the greater the outbreak of NGOs. Nothing illustrates this more poignantly than the phenomenon of the US preparing to invade a country and simultaneously readying NGOs to go in and clean up the devastation.”Arundhati Roy16 August 2004
Parastate“The immediate concern of the United States was Europe, where it appeared that the French and Italian communist parties might be elected to power in 1948. From the beginning of the postwar era, Washington looked for assets and proxy armies of its own to combat the threat perceived from the Soviet Union and China. Some of these proxies like the the nationalist Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) troops in Burma or the Mafia's in Italy and Marseilles soon outgrew their US support to become de facto regional players or parastates, exhibiting some but not all of the properties of states in their own right. From 1945-1947, elements in the US army conspired to maintain contacts with former German anti-communists in Europe and their German army commander, General Reinhard Gehlen. 5 men were involved of whom 3 (William J. Donovan, Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner) were representatives of the Wall St. overworld and also of the New York Social Register which listed the members of New York high society. They were awaiting a new agency to succeed Donovan's Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and take over the Nazi's ethnic armies in Eastern Europe. But the idea of a centralised intelligence agency encountered fierce competitive opposition from the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover who was backed at first by elements of Army intelligence. Although it took 2 years to overcome their opponents, the Wall Street lawyers and bankers in Truman's administration succeeded in 1947 in establishing CIA, which would report to the president through the new National Security Council (NSC). This new agency, based on the precedent and personnel of the OSS had been urged on Washington by the War/Peace studies of the Council of Foreign Relations in the early 1940s. It was reinforced by a report commissioned in 1945 by Navy Secretary James V. Forrestal. The report was written by Ferdinand Eberstadt who like Forrestal was a private Wall Street banker from the investment bank, Dylan Reed. As CIA director Richard Helms narrates in his memoirs Allen Dulles, then a Republican lawyer in Sullivan and Cromwell in New York was recruited in 1946 to draft proposals for the shape and direction what was to become the new CIA. in 1947 Dulles promptly formed an advisory group of 6 men, all but one of whom were Wall St investment bankers or lawyers.”Peter Dale Scott
Hunter S. ThompsonAmerica... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable”Hunter S. Thompson
US/Foreign policy/Since 1945“If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out... invasions, bombings, overthrowing governments, assassinating political leaders, death squads, torture, biological warfare, drug trafficking, mercenaries, suppressing movements for social change, perverting elections, manipulating labour unions, manufacturing “news”, depleted uranium...”William Blum


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