Washington loves its own despots in Kyrgyzstan

A salutory tale by Paul McGeough in the Sydney Morning Herald on America’s dirty relationship with “thugs” in Kyrgyzstan. Yet more evidence that the “war on terror” continues under the Obama administration and human rights and democracy have nothing to do with it:

The events of the last week in Bishkek have highlighted one of the stranger turns in the region – silence by the US on the human rights shortcomings of the ousted regimes has won it a reputation locally as the bully backer of a corrupt and abusive leader who has been deposed by people power, while authoritarian Moscow is hailed as a defender of democratic reform.

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