America is one of the most successful military powers in history. But why? What makes them such a massive superpower? As a Russian Soviet once said, “One of the serious problems in planning against American doctrine is that the Americans do not read their manuals nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine.” During World War 2, A German General said, “The reason the American army does do well during wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American army practices chaos on a daily basis.” And finally, a member of the United States Military was quoted as saying, “If we don’t know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can’t anticipate our future actions!” It’s clear that being unpredictable and erratic is a huge and integral part of American military tactics.
What’s even clearer to see, once you look at the history of the U.S. military, is that those unpredictable tactics extend to the nature of their alliances. You might be allied with the United States one day and find yourself being bombed by them the next. This trend stretches from their first war of independence up to the present day conflicts in the Middle East. Individual people and entire nations have been double-crossed, betrayed, and stabbed in the back so many times that it can hardly be called a coincidence anymore. With this long list of broken alliances, it is blatantly obvious that betrayal is an established tactic of the United States.
From 1798 to 1800, the United States was officially allied with France. That didn’t stop them from doing all they could to sink their ships. This conflict was known as the “Quasi-War,” and it was a very strange war. Years earlier, France had helped the United States in their War of Independence from Britain. But France during the Quasi-War wasn’t the same France that had aided the States. This was because France had just overthrown their monarchy in their very own revolution. But instead of congratulating the French, they took this as an opportunity to stop paying their debts to France. France responded by seizing American trading ships, until they had seized over 300. At that point, the Americans revamped their Navy in order to oppose them, and it turned into a series of small battles which killed a few people and ended up with a few ships being destroyed. Eventually the U.S. and France came to a mutual understanding.
14 Native Americans
The Native American tribes were famous for their fierce warriors that fought hard against American colonists that were spreading deeper into their land. So it’s no surprise that when the United States fought against the English, they did their best to get these Native fighters on their side. The fact is, most of the native tribes actually allied with the British instead. Go figure. But the ones that did join forces with the Yankees were in for a stark reminder of the two-faced nature of American alliances once hostilities ceased. Both in the American Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812, the Americans gave the Natives wild promises about how they would be given back their land if they fought for them. Treaties were signed, declarations were made, and some of the Natives actually believed this obvious pack of lies. When the wars ended, their land continued to be taken, and they were given no reward for their loyalty.
13 Joseph Stalin
Stalin started off as one of the key allies to America and the west in the war against Nazi Germany, but after the dust settled, attitudes began to change. At first, the west was reluctant to even send military assistance to Stalin when Germany invaded Russia. This was because it was seen as pointless, the Germans were going to win anyway, so why bother? But it soon became obvious that the Russians were going to put up a real fight, and that’s when America and other western countries decided to become Stalin’s friends. But countless Soviet soldiers had to die before Russia was seen as a respectable ally, and Stalin never forgot that. In fact, even after they had won the west’s respect, millions of Soviets continued to die, and Roosevelt and Churchill kept promising Stalin that D-Day was just around the corner. In truth, the Americans were waiting until the German forces had been maimed before they sent their own boys in to die. At the end of the war, 400,000 Americans Soldiers had died compared to 27 million Russian soldiers. It was on the foundation of these broken promises that the Cold War between Russia and America was built, a cold war that was at its height at the time of Stalin’s death.
12 Ho Chi Minh
A massive war could have been averted if the United States had just listened to a man who had previously fought with them as an ally. Instead, Ho Chi Minh developed into one of the toughest enemies the United States has ever faced, dragging them into long, bloody conflict in Vietnam. After World War One, Ho Chi Minh worked with other Vietnamese nationalists and petitioned for the recognition of Vietnam as an independent state from French occupation. Ho Chi Minh specifically reached out to the United States, believing that they would see the Vietnamese struggle as similar to their own War of Independence from Britain centuries earlier. He even created a constitution that pretty much a word for word copy of the U.S. constitution. The U.S. and every other country present at the Versailles peace talks completely ignored Vietnam’s goal of independence.
This forced Ho Chi Minh to look elsewhere for recognition. The Russians welcomed him into their country, where he trained a new generation of Radical Vietnamese communists for revolution. When the Second World War came along, Ho Chi Minh worked closely with the OSS (precursor to the CIA), fighting against Japanese and French occupation within Vietnam. His group of militants was personally trained by OSS members sent by the States. Using his training, Ho Chi Minh staged a revolution and established himself as Chairman of Vietnam. Once again, he asked the United States to recognize them as an independent state, and once again the United States ignored him. By the 1950s, the CIA and America had turned against Ho Chi Minh, who had by now established complete control over North Vietnam. What followed was one of the most infamous wars in history, the Vietnam War.
11 Ngo Dinh Diem
President Diem was basically a puppet leader that the U.S. installed to rule over South Vietnam. This was during the Vietnam war. He was heavily supported both financially and militarily by the U.S. throughout his term as president, until this relationship eventually soured and he was assassinated in a CIA-backed coup. Ngo Dinh Diem was never a very popular leader, and most of the population hated him. When America allowed him to rule, it was a kind of experiment to see if South Vietnam could govern themselves without the help of the United States military. That experiment was ultimately a failure, and it didn’t help that Ngo Dinh Diem tried to go against the American politicians at every opportunity he had. When the Vietnamese people started to protest violently against him, he actually tried to contact the communists in Hanoi to see if they could give him “a better deal” than the one the U.S. was offering. This was the last straw, and the CIA planned a coup to overthrow President Diem. After his forces had been defeated, he was on his way to catch a plane out of the country when an assassin shot and stabbed him, leaving his body riddled with bullets.
10 Ruhollah Khomeini
Ruhollah Khomeini was one of the toughest enemies of the United States, and preached against the “Great Satan,” his name for America. He was responsible for the Iranian hostage crisis that basically cost Jimmy Carter the presidency. But reports have emerged recently that suggest a link between Khomeini and the west. A series of cables between Khomeini and the Carter administration were exchanged just before Iran’s Islamic Revolution. It seems that Khomeini was basically begging the United States not to interfere when he returned to Iran, and allow him to stage his revolution. These messages show that once he was in power, Khomeini clearly expressed to the United States that he was not opposed to American interests in Iran. Khomeini had previously expressed support to the Kennedy administration years earlier.
But after a short time in power, Khomeini turned on the US, and it was clear all of his messages to the United States were simply lies in order to gain America’s trust and allow him to travel back to Iran unimpeded by the United States. Later, Khomeini shocked the world by attacking the U.S. embassy and taking several hostages. He later released them immediately after Reagan was elected. He continued to be an enemy of the United States, although many people feel that these newly discovered messages between the two countries is evidence of a conspiracy between Khomeini and the States. Some even go so far as to say that Reagan was in contact with Khomeini and urged him not to release the hostages until after he was elected, in order to make Carter look bad.
Nasser was a president of Egypt that came to power in 1952, overthrowing the Egyptian monarchy and getting rid of British influence in Egypt. He continued to drift away from the west, nationalizing key assets like the Suez canal, and because of his refusal to cooperate with the States, the U.S. government withdrew their promise to fund the construction of a key dam in Egypt. But the Americans came to the rescue of the Egyptians during the Suez Crisis, where the French, English, and Israelis tried to invade Egypt after they had nationalized the Suez Canal. After this however, relations with the Americans began to deteriorate. Nasser just wasn’t going to take orders from the US, and that was a problem. There were assassination and coup attempts from Middle Eastern countries that were supported by the United States. In 1967, the Soviet Union warned Nasser that Israel would soon attack Syria. Nasser was confident that both the United States and Russia would come to his aid if a conflict began. However, this time the United States seemed to be more on the side of Israel. There have been allegations that the US helped Israel with military equipment and even ground troops, but they have never been confirmed. What is clear, however, is that America ceased funding Egypt by 1965, and were not enthusiastic about helping their country when the Israelis invaded.
8 Manuel Noriega
Manuel Noriega has become famous for being a drug-trafficker, arms dealer, and military dictator of Panama, but he also worked closely with the CIA. His relationship with the agency began in the 1950s when the United States was preparing to invade Panama. Noriega first caught their eye when he was attending military school in Peru, and he was sent to study Psychological Operations (Psy-Ops) in North Carolina. After the coup in 1968, Noriega eventually attained complete power over Panama. He was a key asset to the United States because of his ability to spy on other Leftist countries in Central America. The CIA and Washington knew full well that Noriega was a massive trafficker of cocaine, and worked closely with the Medellin Cartel along with Pablo Escobar. But they continued to turn a blind eye, even when Noriega became more and more brutal, beheading his political opponents and attacking American citizens in Panama who got in his way. Eventually, enough was enough and president Bush Senior sent troops in who captured Noriega. Much earlier, Bush was a close ally of Noriega, and as you can see in the above photo, often met with the dictator on friendly terms. In his mid 80s, Manuel Noriega is still in prison to this day.
7 Rafael Trujillo
During the first few decades of the 20th century, the Dominican Republic was occupied by the United States. After a series of coups and uprisings, an oppressive leader named Rafael Trujillo emerged. He was very friendly with the United States throughout most of his presidency, and as a young man had trained with the U.S. military. During his reign, he was responsible for over 50,000 deaths, including 10,000 deaths that occurred during one single massacre. In the 1960s, the Dominican Republic’s economy started to suffer. This was due to the fact that Trujillo was incredibly corrupt and was forcing businesses to pay huge taxes which always seemed to end up in his personal bank account. Since the United States conducted a lot of business in this country, something had to be done. The CIA contacted individuals within the Dominican Republic who wanted to get rid of their president, and a plan was put into place. Weapons were smuggled into the country, and the president’s car was ambushed on a highway after he had collected tribute from a cattle farmer. They completely riddled the car with bullets, killing Trujillo, as seen in the picture above.
6 Saddam Hussein
There are numerous pictures of Saddam Hussein shaking hands and hanging out with high-ranking U.S. politicians like George Bush Sr. and Donald Rumsfeld. Hussein was once a very important ally to the United States and their presence in the Middle East. During the 1970s and beyond, Iraq’s neighbor Iran was a very serious threat to the United States. American Politicians knew full well of Saddam’s dictatorial style of governance and psychopathic love for chemical weapons like anthrax. They funded him anyway because Iran was more of a threat, and they also supplied him with satellite images that he used to defeat Iran. Later, Saddam invaded Kuwait, which resulted in the United States fighting against Saddam in the Gulf Wars, though they didn’t manage to catch Saddam. Later, they invaded once again in the Iraq war. And finally, after he had caused tons of trouble and forced them to spend insane amounts of money, Saddam was found in a ditch by special forces, and was later hung.
5 Osama Bin Laden
Believe it or not, Osama Bin Laden was initially an ally of the United States. It all started back in the 80s, when the Soviets were in Afghanistan, fighting and attempting to take over the country. Afghanistan was a poor nation that struggled to repel the invaders, and that’s where the United States came in. Not wanting the massive oil and heroin trade in Afghanistan to be seized by the Soviets, the CIA devised a plan to fund and arm rebel Arab groups known as “Mujaheddin.” Osama Bin Laden was strong leader of these groups during the Soviet invasion. There have been countless allegations that Bin Laden was trained directly by the CIA, and received weapons and money from the States, along with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. As you can see by the newspaper article above, Osama Bin Laden was once seen as a freedom fighter, and “good guy” fighting to kick out the evil communists. Later, Osama Bin Laden would use his CIA training, American weapons, and $3 billion worth of funding to form a group called Al-Qaeda, and eventually strike America with the worst terrorist attack the world had ever seen. Years later, this one time ally of the States was hunted down and assassinated.
4 Viktor Yanukovych
Viktor Yanukovych was never a huge ally of the United States, as admittedly he was always more friendly with Putin than he was with Obama. But he does have a history of cooperating and allying with the United States military. During his first term, he supported the US war on terror and sent troops into Iraq alongside American troops. However, he was opposed to the Ukraine’s involvement with NATO. Fast forward to the Ukraine economic crisis. Yanukovych started to move away from the European Union and towards Russia. The Ukraine is in a very important tactical position, as it’s essentially Russia’s doorstep. This made it necessary for the United States to meddle in Ukrainian politics, as Obama has publicly admitted he was doing. With this revelation came the realization that NATO must’ve also been funding and supporting key militants groups behind the coup, including neo-nazi and fascist militant groups such as the infamous “Right Sector.” When the dust cleared, Ukraine was a pawn of the US, although Russia succeeded in annexing Crimea.
3 Badr Brigade
The Badr Brigade is a very interesting organization that is currently fighting in Syria. This military group has its roots in Iraq, founded by Iranian military officers as a Shia Muslim group. At the time when Saddam Hussein was seen as an enemy of the United States, the Badr Brigade was fighting against the Iraqi dictator, and so they have long been seen as a military asset by the United States. For this reason, they were supported by the States in their fight against ISIS in Syria. This is where it starts to get complicated. U.S. officials say at least one unit of the Badr Brigade have now switched sides, fighting alongside the Russians and the Assad regime instead of with the United States and their coalition of CIA-trained Shia Muslim groups. So now the United States has been forced to focus their attention on more and more military groups that are betraying them, and some of these groups were previously considered allies or at least friendlies. Now you have situations where past allies of the States are fighting against similar groups who are still loyal. Both are supposed to be fighting against ISIS, but they’re also fighting in what seems like a proxy war between the States and Russia, Syria and Iran. It’s utter mayhem in Syria right now, and it doesn’t help that the United States is getting completely lost in its long list of alliances between multiple militant groups. This begs the question, why is the CIA training and funding Shia militant groups if there is such a high possibility of betrayal?
2 Fursan Al Haq
When Syrian militant groups backed by the Pentagon are fighting against other militant groups funded by the CIA, you know someone in Washington made a big mistake somewhere along the line. The situation is now completely out of their control, and nothing highlights this fact more than what has happened with the militant group “Fursan Al Haq.” This group is has been armed and trained by the CIA, and is also known as “The Knights Of Righteousness,” and operates under the banner of the FSA (Free Syrian Army). The CIA has paid its members a salary. Recently, they were forced to retreat out of a town in Syria when Pentagon-backed fighters from within Kurdish-controlled territories. The general idea is that the CIA are funding groups secretly to fight against Assad’s regime, whereas the Pentagon is publicly supporting rebel groups that fight against ISIS.
How can the U.S. hope to coordinate these divided factions if they don’t even know who is on their side? Why are these groups even joining forces with the Americans if they are being attacked by other forces that are also supported by the US? This plan is clearly failing, and the groups that the US are funding, training and arming are switching sides like crazy betraying the Americans while the Americans are similarly betraying them. Who is the winner in all of this mayhem? Undoubtedly, it would be ISIS, as they are in the enviable position of attacking enemies that are all too busy fighting each other to fully devote their attention towards them.
1 Turkey Coup
You’ve probably heard all about the recent coup attempt in Turkey, where certain parts of the military and the population itself turned against its government. Now that the dust has settled, some strange things are happening. For one, the Turkish (loyal) military surrounded a NATO base which was the site of a huge United States military presence in Turkey. The base also contained several nuclear warheads. Then, the United States military started to deny vehemently any involvement in the coup, at a time when few people were even accusing them of that. Now Turkey is now accusing the US of harboring Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen, the supposed mastermind behind the coup who lives in Pennsylvania. The U.S. refuses to extradite the cleric to Turkey, amidst straining relations between the U.S. and their middle eastern ally. Turkey said that they expected the U.S. to be offering support after the failed coup, but are instead being pelted with criticism. They have also demanded evidence that Washington was not behind the coup, evidence it has yet to receive. It’s still unclear what exactly happened, but when you look back at the lost list of allies that the U.S. has deceived, back-stabbed, and betrayed, it’s not hard to guess who was behind Turkey’s failed coup.