U.S. Presidents Have Killed 30 Million People in Dozens of Countries Since the End of WWII

Americans of all political stripes and ideologies are today celebrating unconfirmed reports of the death of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un. His death, they claim, is a cause for celebration because he was “cruel to his own people.” Never mind for a moment the 2.2 million people languishing in U.S. prison camps subject to manual unpaid labor and solitary confinement recognized by psychologists as a form of torture, or the fact that the only news most Americans read about North Korea is from pro-war media outlets like CNN. Most of the people celebrating the reports of death were completely silent in 2015 when their own country bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing and maiming dozens of innocent civilians, or when the U.S. invasion of Iraq was estimated to have killed some 2.4 million people. Instead these same people choose to focus on the fact that the DPRK is not a paradise for all those who dwell in it. One wonders, how would the United States have fared if it had been subjected to 60+ years of the most brutal economic sanctions, the elimination of 30% of its population and the destruction of its entire infrastructure in one of the bloodiest wars in human history? When a U.S. President dies, the corporate media fawns over them and looks back at their legacies through a rose-colored lens, all the while the trail of bodies left in their wake are completely ignored. Since World War II, the United States has been directly responsible for the deaths of at least 28-30 million people. Every single U.S. President is a war criminal responsible for more death and destruction than Kim Jong Un or any other leader of the DPRK. Americans should take a long hard look in the mirror before being so judgmental about the DPRK’s legacy.

The U.S. has either bombed, invaded or attempted to topple other nations at least 75 times since the end of World War II. Below is list that was compiled from Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria’s Murder Incorporated Book One: Dreaming of Empire as well as an article previously published on Huffington Post in 2011.

Nations subjected to U.S. military or CIA interference from 1945 on:

  • China – 1945-1946
  • Albania – 1949-1953
  • Korea – 1950-1953
  • East Germany – 1950s
  • Iran – 1953
  • Guatemala – 1954
  • China – 1950-1953
  • Italy – 1950s
  • Costa Rica – mid-1950s
  • Syria – 1956-1957
  • Egypt – 1957
  • Indonesia – 1958
  • British Guiana – 1953-1964
  • Cuba – 1959-present
  • Guatemala – 1960
  • Iraq – 1963
  • Vietnam – 1945-1973
  • Cambodia – 1955-1970
  • Laos – 1958-1960
  • Ecuador – 1960-1963
  • Congo – 1960
  • Guatemala – 1964
  • France – 1965
  • Guatemala – 1967-1969
  • Brazil – 1962-1964
  • Dominican Republic – 1963-1966
  • Bolivia – 1964
  • Peru – 1965
  • Indonesia – 1965
  • Laos – 1964-1973
  • Ghana – 1966
  • Chile – 1964-1973
  • Greece – 1967
  • Costa Rica – 1970-1971
  • Bolivia – 1971
  • Australia – 1973-1975
  • Angola – 1975
  • Zaire – 1975
  • Portugal – 1974-1976
  • Jamaica – 1976-1980
  • Seychelles – 1979-1981
  • Angola – 1980s
  • Chad – 1981-1982
  • Lebanon – 1982-1984
  • Grenada – 1983-1984
  • South Yemen – 1982-1984
  • Suriname – 1982-1984
  • Libya – 1986
  • El Salvador – 1981-1992
  • Nicaragua – 1981-1990
  • Fiji – 1987
  • Libya – 1989
  • Afghanistan – 1980s
  • Panama – 1989-1990
  • Bulgaria – 1990
  • Iraq – 1991
  • Albania – 1991
  • Kuwait – 1991
  • Somalia – 1992-1994
  • Bosnia – 1995
  • Iran – 1998
  • Sudan – 1998
  • Afghanistan – 1998
  • Yugoslavia/ Serbia – 1999-2000
  • Ecuador – 2000
  • Afghanistan – 2001-present
  • Venezuela – 2002
  • Iraq – 2003-2011
  • Haiti – 2004
  • Somalia – 2007-present
  • Honduras – 2009
  • Libya – 2011
  • Syria – 2012-present
  • Iraq – 2014-present
  • Ukraine – 2014
  • Yemen – 2015-present
  • Venezuela – 2018
  • Bolivia – 2019
  • Guyana – 2020
  • Ethiopia – 2021


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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    History lesson … “Every single U.S. President is a war criminal responsible for more death and destruction than Kim Jong Un or any other leader of the DPRK. Amerikkkans should take a long hard look in the mirror before being so judgmental about the DPRK’s legacy.””

  2. And the list will continue to expand until peace is more profitable than war….and that is a hard road to travel….but one that needs to be attempted. chuq

              1. Yep…this one may be a challenge to CPUSA…..being a hard Leftist I cannot see the reason to embrace Dems like CPUSA has done…..chuq

              2. They are doing a good job….Socialist Equality Party is also gaining…a more local party is the Socialist Alternative…..but I am watching the APL…..chuq

              3. I try to keep in touch with all the socialist organizations…..I was a member of the revolutionary socialist movement back in the 80s. I will pass on anything I see if you would like chuq

    1. Hello Caleb G.,

      I concur with chuq. What an “impressive” and alarming list of “Nations subjected to U.S. military or CIA interference from 1945 on”!

      Moreover, I really wonder how much worse things may become in 2020 and the coming years, even though the viral pandemic has put many warfares and conflcits on hold. The resulting post-truth world and win-at-all-costs mentality have been highly problematic, egregious and insidious indeed.

      I recently came across some of the writings of Donald Monaco, who is a political analyst in Brooklyn, New York, writing from an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist perspective. His recent book is entitled “The Politics of Terrorism”. Extracted as follows, I have found the last few paragraphs of his article published at
      https://www.globalresearch.ca/impeachment-imperial-presidency/5702279 to be very sobering indeed.

      In assessing policy in the Middle East, it is important to note that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is an offshoot of Al Qaeda that is presently being used as a justification for U.S. troop deployment in Iraq and Syria. Ostensibly the troops are deployed to fight ISIS, but in reality they are there to secure the region’s oil resources and protect the apartheid state of Israel. As such, Trump’s regional policy directly conflicts with that of the Russian, Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi governments that actually fight ISIS. Trump’s order to assassinate Iranian General Suleimani, who coordinated the fight against ISIS puts a lie to U.S. claims that it is fighting a ‘war on terror’ against the Islamic State.

      Although Trump has indicated that he is against wars of regime change in this region, his policies are likely to provoke the very wars he claims to oppose, especially if he follows the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, yet another neoconservative warmonger.

      Trump’s missile strikes in Syria and the illegal military occupation of Syrian oil fields; Trump’s green light for the Turkish invasion of Syria; Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement (JAPOC); Trump’s imposition of economic sanctions on Iran; Trump’s extrajudicial assassination of General Suleimani; Trump’s massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia; Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights; Trump’s support for the dictatorship in Egypt; and Trump’s drone war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, constitute genuine war crimes and crimes against humanity for which he should be removed from office. But Trump is not being impeached for any of these crimes because they are crimes committed in furtherance of empire.

      Furthermore, Trump has committed these crimes with the full support of Congress, the largely symbolic and non-binding War Powers Act Resolution of 2020 notwithstanding.

      It was Congress, in a vote that included 188 Democrats, that approved Trump’s $738 billion military budget in 2020.

      It was the Senate that ratified Trump’s $500 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in 2017. The majority of those billions are used by the Saudi’s to buy weapons from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Boeing so as to wage war in Yemen. It should be noted that members of the House and Senate own an estimated $5.3 million worth of stock in the defense industry raising a visible conflict of interest. Consequently, it is no surprise that the Senate confirmed former lobbyist for the defense contractor Raytheon, Mark Esper as Trump’s Secretary of Defense in 2019 without a hitch.

      Additionally, the den of Congressional thieves continues funding for the war in Afghanistan at a cost of $45 billion per year, approved a $38 billion military aid package over 10 years for Israel in 2018 and overwhelmingly extended key provisions of the Patriot Act in 2019, with significant support coming from the Democratic party of lesser evilists, thus illustrating their support for the rampant militarism underlying American state criminality.

      Unrestrained militarism is a crime against peace. Aggressive preparation for war leads to actual war. America’s Imperial President and its venal Congress are guilty of waging war on humanity, a monstrous reality that is hidden behind the charade of impeachment.

      The battle over Trump’s impeachment is a power struggle that will decide who will lead the American empire. It is not a fight involving the abuse of power as much as it is a fight involving the exercise of power. The outcome of that fight will determine which faction of the American political establishment will employ Imperial state power to advance a vicious global empire that relentlessly elevates the rights of property over the rights of people to the detriment of all humanity.

      Lastly, but not the least, happy May to both of you very soon!

      1. I appreciate you writing that here and thank you for taking the time to read. I happen to think the pandemic will make things worse. With the US GDP shrinking at a rapid rate it will become even more belligerent and will seek to create war with China. I feel that the corporate media is currently laying the groundwork for this.

  3. Ugh.
    It’s true that Americans seem to be oblivious of the damage our country has done in our name using our tax dollars to countries around the world, and are as shocked as innocents when they are faced with it. The postcolonial critic Gayatri Spivak calls this sanctioned ignorance” and it is not innocent.

    1. Yes. Some of it is willful ignorance. I was disgusted to see so many people on Facebook celebrating the fake death of Kim Jong Un because “he was cruel to his own people”, as if the USA is so innocent and isn’t cruel to, not only it’s own people, but people all across the globe.

      1. Agreed. To add to that, I think we can simultaneously hold in our minds the fact that from what we can learn the man is a dictator who oppresses the people of North Korea. Just as Saddam Hussain did have a nasty secret police who tortured dissidents but that didn’t justify the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

            1. I don’t know enough about the guy tbh. I only know what I hear in Western media. There’s really not much to go by. I can speak on the evils of the United States since it’s the devil I know.

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