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Surrogates of Empire

It has long been obvious, to anyone who would look, that US foreign policy is not about democracy and freedom, it is about power.  The conjunction of the Middle Eastern uprisings and Wikileaks’ release of US diplomatic cables has laid bare the fact and means of US “influence” over its de facto empire.  That influence is exercised through loyal “subordinate elites” who are, in the words of Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly, “a motley collection of autocrats, aristocrats, and uniformed thugs”.

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