Accession Number:

ADA034392

Title:

From Nibble to Fribble: America's Relations with Dictators.

Descriptive Note:

Military issues research memo.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-12-03

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

Possible responses to the question whether asked for innocent or ideological reasons Why does the United States prop up dictators is discussed. Dividing all 160 states of the world into 4 categories Communist totalitarians, non-Communist totalitarians, democracies, and the others--mostly authoritarian, the discussion analyzes why the United States does not support Communist dictators, why it does support democracies, and why, and on what basis, it interacts with non-Communist dictators and with the other nations. In the latter two categories, United States support is highly selective the United States supports some, but not others. Projecting influence via various means including intervention, when invited, the United States attempts to evaluate each case on its merits, including the state of world opinion concerning undemocratic regimes. The primary criterion, however, is always, as it must be, national interests, e.g., considering all factors pro and con, what is the net impact on American national interests of support or nonsupport of each particular regime in each particular country.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE