Tuesday, February 19, 2008

U.S. Foreign Policy and Dictatorships

by Ken Houghton

In the context of my Tim Curry-reference post, and via Dan Drezner (via Brad DeLong; nothing original from me today), Parade lists the "top ten" dictators in the world.

Among the leaders are such stalwarts in the war on terror as:
  1. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (only #4, despite providing the funding and 15 of the 19 hijackers for 11 Sep 2001),
  2. Hu Jintao of China (#5, despite having Most Favored Nation trading status),
  3. Pervez Musharaf (#8),
  4. Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan (#9, another, post 11 Sep 2001 ally),
  5. Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya (#11, oil for Arms), and
  6. surrogate torturer Bashar al-Assad of Syria (#12).

Cuba (personified by R. Castro) comes in 18th in this popularity contest, just behind Hosini Mubarak of Egypt, who gets $2 billion a year in aid from the US--65% of which appears to be military. (Mubarak is the successor to Sadat.)
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