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Backed by the United States

Dictators backed by the United States (or, as some have called them, “Friendly Dictators“) often rise to power through bloody CIA-backed coups and rule by terror and torture. Their troops may receive training or advice from the CIA and other U.S. agencies. “Anti-communism” is their common battle cry and a common excuse for political repression.

Friendly Dictators usually grow rich, while their countries’ economies go down the drain. U.S. tax dollars and U.S. backed loans have made billionaires of some; others are international drug dealers who also collect CIA paychecks. Rarely are they called to account for their crimes.

  • Chiang Kai-Shek, President of Taiwan
  • Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea
  • Park Chung Hee, President of South Korea
  • Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
  • Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan
  • Halie Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia
  • P. W. Botha, President of South Africa
  • General Samuel Doe, President of Liberia
  • Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
  • Hassan Ii, King of Morocco
  • Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines
  • Sir Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei
  • General Sitiveni Rabuka, Commander of the Armed Forces of Fiji
  • General Suharto, President of Indonesia
  • Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, Shah of Iran, King of Kings
  • Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq
  • Antonio De Oliveira Salazar, Prime Minister of Portugal
  • General Francisco Franco, President of Spain
  • Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of Germany
  • George Papadopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece
  • Turgut Ozal, Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Fulgencio Batista, President of Cuba
  • Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic
  • François & Jean Claude Duvalier, Presidents-for-Life of Haiti
  • Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, General of El Salvador
  • Alfredo Cristiani, President of El Salvador
  • Anastasio Somoza, Sr. and Jr., Presidents of Nicaragua
  • Sr. And Jr., General Efrain Rios Mont, Presidents of Guatemala
  • Vinicio Cerezo, President of Guatemala
  • Carlos Castillo Armas, President of Guatemala
  • Roberto Suazo Cordova, President of Honduras
  • General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Defense forces, Panama
  • General Humberto Branco, President of Brazil
  • Colonel Hugo Banzer, President of Bolivia
  • General Jorge Rafael Videla, President of Argentina
  • Alfredo Stroessner, President-for-Life of Paraguay
  • General Augusto Pinochet, President of Chile


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  • Hirohito
  • Takugawa
  • Jiang Zemin
  • Musharraf
  • Zai Ul-Haq
  • King Fahd
  • Nicholas the Great
  • Catherine the Great
  • George Papadopoulos


  • Friendly Dictators Index