And one of the great things about American foreign policy in the post-World War II era was that we did a pretty good job with that. It wasn't perfect, but the UN, the IMF, and a whole host of treaties and rules and norms that were established really helped to stabilize the world in ways that it wouldn't otherwise be. Now, I also think that if we were just resorting to that and we didn't have a realistic view that there are bad people out there who are trying to do us harm – and we've got to have the strongest military in the world, and we occasionally have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn't do what we need them to do if it weren't for the various economic or diplomatic or, in some cases, military leverage that we had — if we didn't have that dose of realism, we wouldn't get anything done, either.
Yes, we now have confirmation that the CIA was behind Iran's 1953 coup. But the agency hardly stopped there. The era of CIA-supported coups dawned in dramatic fashion: An American general flies to Iran and meets with "old friends"; days later, the Shah orders Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh to step down. When the Iranian military hesitates, millions of dollars are funneled into Tehran to buy off Mossadegh's supporters and finance street protests. The military, recognizing that the balance of power has shifted, seizes the prime minister, who will live the rest of his life under house arrest. It was, as one CIA history puts it, "an American operation from beginning to end," and one of many U.S.-backed coups to take place around the world during the second half of the 20th century.
Regime change did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the toppling of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.
Then we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside.
Henry Kissinger urged President Richard Nixon to overthrow the democratically elected Allende government in Chile because his "'model' effect can be insidious," ... The posted records spotlight Kissinger's role as the principal policy architect of U.S. efforts to oust the Chilean leader, and assist in the consolidation of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
...the Netherlands prided itself always during the Cold War of being 'a loyal ally' of the United States... Like other countries in the same league, the Netherlands has always found it difficult to reconcile itself with the fact that its international impact is small, and more particularly, to recognize that this influence has declined over the years, specifically because of the increasing membership of the major international organizations of which it is a member (EU and NATO).
When the question was asked whether 'the Netherlands should support this war militarily,' (table 49) majorities or sizeable pluralities answered no, and no more than one fourth were willing to support Dutch actual participation in the attack. Poland is on the same line with Holland... The major, striking similarity among these different countries is the stability of the public opposition to the war.
George W. Bush with Angela Merkel, Tony Blair and Romano Prodi in 2007
Germany and France are to coordinate their opposition to war in Iraq.
In spite of outspoken French opposition to the Iraq war (normative coding 5), the French government continued to provide overflight rights and logistical support. ... Answering US requests in late 2002, the German government confirmed that it continued to grant overflight and transit rights as well as use of military bases for the planned intervention against Iraq.
US soldier places American flag over Saddam Hussein's statue in 2003.
George W. Bush with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2006.
The entire US-controlled political process this year - the January 30 elections for a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and the referendum on October 15 - has been aimed at giving the veneer of legal legitimacy to the plunder of the country's oil and gas and the formation of a puppet government that will sanction an indefinite US military presence in Iraq.