10 Secret Armies of the Central Intelligence Agency
Langley, Virginia (TFC) - As more and more evidence mounts that the US government was
secretly assisting the Islamic State, it might be time to point out a few instances when the Central
Intelligence Agency created secret armies. The current theory suggests the US secretly supported
the Islamic State so the Islamists would destabilize the government of Syrian President Assad. If that
seems out of the question, remember the CIA once started a war over bananas… literal bananas.
Cuba: Probably the best known secret army. Castro nationalized the assets of western companies
after his government took power, so the US decided to overthrow the government of Cuba and
install a puppet regime. As with most of the armies backed by the US intelligence establishment, it
forces within 24 hours.
El Salvador: The US-supported Salvadoran government faced opposition from communist rebels.
US intelligence saw an obvious and simple answer: establish death squads. US intelligence trained
and advised pro-government forces as they massacred villages and led the way to the displacement
of over a million people. Immediately after the ceasefire, there was a general amnesty for people
implicated in war crimes. This amnesty was ruled to be illegal, but remains in effect anyway. Those
Afghanistan: The US armed and trained the Mujaheddin fighters through Operation Cyclone.
Later, many of these fighters would form the core of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorist groups we
are fighting (or possibly supporting) today. Yes, Osama bin Laden was one of the fighters trained by
the CIA in Afghanistan. The whole operation was carried out to stop the Soviet invasion.
Guatemala: This little CIA caper is the origin of the term “Banana Republic.” The democratically
elected President of Guatemala decided to punish the United Fruit Company for decades of
consorting with the country’s dictators. He began to propose legislation to end the US
multinational’s monopoly on almost everything in the country. So what else could the CIA do? The
agency overthrew the legal government and triggered a war… over bananas.
Congo: In the 1960s, Belgium was ending its colonial rule over Congo. Rather than allow self-
mercenaries, and even backed them up with a secret air force.
Nicaragua (the second time): In the 1980s, the leftist Sandinistas took power. The CIA backed the
Contra militia that opposed them. The agency funneled them arms, ran cocaine for them, and
trained the organization that become well known for child soldiers, massacres at literacy centers,
and war crimes of just about every imaginable kind.
Angola: The CIA hired French and South African mercenaries to assist right-wing groups in their
fight against the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. The group was competing with
several other paramilitary organizations in a fight to take over the country after the Portuguese
decolonized. The CIA’s mercenary army predictably lost.
Ukraine (the first time): During the second World War, the Nazis set up a partisan group in Ukraine
to harass and slow the advancing Soviet forces. At the end of World War II, US intelligence began
funding and assisting the partisan group. The Soviets wiped the partisans out in 1952.
Venezuela: In 2002, a group within Venezuela attempted to oust the government. The US flatly
denied involvement. Of course, there is more than enough evidence to tie the Bush Administration to
the plot. There is even circumstantial evidence a more recent second attempt.
Ukraine (the second time): The most recent revolution in Ukraine may have started organically,
however, it was seized upon by US intelligence. The revolution became just another method of
by US media.
Would US intelligence secretly back a brutal, murderous paramilitary group to destabilize a country
on the US hit list? Of course. The US intelligence apparatus has been doing it for about 60 years.
By Justin King
February 18, 2016
The Impending Dangers of a Global Conflict:
How to Prevent World War III
The Lessons of History
By Prof. Vyacheslav Dashichev (Translated from Russian)
All indications suggest that the international community is once again entering a period of
increasing risk of war. It is no coincidence that Western political analysts are writing about it more
often. In June 2011, a book by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky was released: “Towards A Third World
War III Scenario”.Even among Russian analysts there are increased concerns about the fate of the
world, for example, the article by Yuri Krupnov: “The general trend is clear: The West needs a
major war.” After the shameful war of NATO against Libya, the U.S. and Israel are increasingly
threatening to take action against the Iranian military. Many see in this the risk of bringing about
another major war.
Is there good reason for such an alarming outlook? Let us not forget how in the past the world
slipped into major world wars.
Are there any analogies which relate to the present? We now live in a new era of nuclear-armed
missiles in which fighting a war using such weapons is no longer a rational option to achieve
political goals simply because the attacking side risks receiving a crushing blow as a response.
However, is it reasonable today to rely on our statesmen to carry out their policy decisions
rationally? The same old failings apply equally to them: stupidity, selfishness and egoism, wanting
to outdo their opponents, to dominate and exploit others.
What was decisive in triggering the world wars of the 20th Century compared to today’s situation?
In a four-volume book “Hitler’s strategy - recipe for disaster” I investigated the causes of this
misfortune for mankind. In it I name 7 factors:
1) The actions of the expanding German empire - which freely admitted their intentions - was to
obtain regional and then global domination and to gain control of the resources and markets of the
world. In a meeting at his headquarters in 1940 Hitler said: “Today we are fighting for oil reserves,
rubber, mineral resources, etc.” In 1941, two days before the attack on the Soviet Union, Hitler
signed Directive No. 32 “Preparing for the period after the completion of Operation Barbarossa” in
which he went over plans for defeating the USA and Britain and following that world domination.
2) The expansionist German Reich wanted to achieve military superiority by massive rearmament.
3) The goal of the German Reich was to upset the balance of power in the world arena by
defeating small and medium-sized countries and thereby increasing its geopolitical space in its
struggle for world domination. This involved the annexation of Austria and the taking of
Sudetenland and then Czechoslovakia. The attack on Poland led them to the point of critical mass
in the change of balance of power. Britain and France could not let that happen so they declared
war on Germany. Thus, began the second World War.
4) Merging the countries into a coalition whose individual national interests and sovereignty were
threatened by the expansionist state. In the scheme of international relations there is a principle
known as defensive reaction. This states that a potential counterbalance of forces is created that
acts against the state that adopts a policy of domination, violence or the desire to rule over other
peoples and nations by imposing his values by force. In the first World War it was Entente, and in
the second the anti-Hitler coalition that acted as a counterbalance.
5) Within the innermost circle of the power elite in an expansionist state a power structure comes
into being that is concentrated into one single person. Fateful decisions over war and peace are
made by one or only a few persons.
6) The expansionist state seeks to resist the economic and systemic crisis of capitalism. The
solution is to go to war. In a meeting with the generals in 1939, Hitler said: Either we declare war, or
Germany will be confronted with a deep economic crisis.
7) Propaganda is used to systematically implant the notion of an enemy in the minds of the
population. The enemy are the peoples of the countries against which the attack is being prepared.
Both world wars started in Europe and then encroached onto other regions of the world. In
particular, it should be noted that the expansionist state intending to gain power by declaring war,
each time has made a fatal mistake in assessing its own forces, that is the moral, spiritual and
material requirements to achieve the set goal. In this case Germany grossly violated the law
formulated by Clausewitz which states that the political objectives should be strictly in accordance
with material resources and international conditions. For that reason in two world wars the
expansionist state of Germany suffered severe defeat, and the German people experienced two
The same fatal error of setting foreign policy tasks that in no way were in accordance with the
available resources was made by the Soviet authorities after the second World War. Stalin, who
always decided alone over the fate of his country, believed that after the outstanding victory over
fascism, he could easily install Soviet domination over Eastern and Central Europe.
After he had brought the countries of this region under Soviet control he grossly violated the
balance of power in Europe and caused a defensive reaction in the countries of Western Europe.
He provoked the Cold War which hung like an intolerable burden over the Soviet Union, its
economy and its population. It is one of the main reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union. And
that’s not all. The country was condemned to a struggle with a coalition that had far greater
resources. In addition, it also permitted the USA, as guarantor and defender and leading force in
the West, to set up American domination over Western Europe - and, after the collapse of the
Soviet Union, also over the eastern part of Europe.
Since the days of the Cold War with the world divided between the two superpowers - the USA and
the Soviet Union, both of which were nuclear powers struggling for supremacy - there was a
balance of nuclear fear. This kept both powers from taking undue risks which forced them to take
measures to avoid a war. They also signed a series of agreements on the mutual limitation of
nuclear weapons and restraint in their further development. However, this did not mean the end of
the struggle between the superpowers. The US has shifted its focus on information and economic
warfare and secret acts of sabotage (subversive activities). A pro-American lobby was setup in the
Soviet Union. This lobby paid bribes and recruited representatives of political parties and the state
apparatus to work for it. All this is the strategy - developed by Liddell Hart - of indirect measures to
destroy the enemy and seize territory without using military forces. This strategy played a very
important role in organizing the state putsch in December 1991. One of the main goals of American
policy was to bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union and it was the establishment of
capitalism in the post-Soviet sphere of influence that served as the best method of bringing down
Russia in all spheres, but especially the economy.
At the time of the Soviet reforms in the 80’s new foundations were developed in Soviet foreign
policy which permitted a series of agreements at the end of the Cold War and the establishment of
a new peace accord in Europe to be agreed with the West. On 21.11.1990 the Paris Charter had
been signed by all European countries, the USA and Canada. It declared that the era of
confrontation was over. “We proclaim that in future our relations will be based on respect and
cooperation.” It was proclaimed: “Europe free yourself from the legacy of the past.
A new era of democracy, peace and unity approaches.” In the Charter magnificent goals and
standards of international coexistence were declared to strengthen security and confidence among
all countries, to encourage disarmament, and that political consultations be intensified in order to
solve economic, social, ecological, cultural and humanitarian problems. Peace should emanate
from Europe. Europe must be open to all countries and cooperate with all countries in order to
solve current and future problems.
The importance of the OSCE should be strengthened and its 10 principles should be followed
After the collapse of the Soviet Union all these wonderful formulations were thrown out since they
no longer suited the interests of the United States. Now the United States was the pre-eminent
power in a unipolar world order and did not resist the temptation to exploit its advantage to expand
its sphere of influence, to impose its will and values, and to dominate all the world’s resources. For
the world this policy has brought a greater threat than that of the East-West confrontation.
1) The US is clearly an expanding state. The goal of US global politics was developed with unique
clarity in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC 1997) by Cheney (Vice President),
Rumsfeld (defense secretary) et al.
That means world domination in the sense of American principles and values: “We need to accept
responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to
our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” These provisions were developed further in the
following program documents of the US administration.
2) In order to achieve and maintain world domination the project envisaged the unprecedented
American expansion of military force: “We must increase our military spending significantly if we
want to accept global responsibility, and attain the future military strength required.” Today military
spending amounts to nearly $700 billion. That’s nearly half the military spending of the entire
world. That’s significantly more than the military spending at the peak of the Cold War.
The aim of the US is global military dominance including missile defense, so that Russia will lose its
ability to respond militarily, and thereby will no longer be in a position to offer resistance to military
and political threats. American authors openly discuss this (Note 2: the Pentagon).
3) The US has set as its goal to decisively reset the balance of power worldwide to its advantage.
They broaden their geopolitical space to maintain their position of world domination as well as their
access to the energy and natural resources of world markets. They do this by waging wars against
individual states and building up a network of military bases. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union,
the United States has waged war against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and gained
control over many other countries without carrying out military actions. The American military is now
in over 130 countries. Europe has long been under American rule and today it has 40,000 men
under arms in Germany, including nuclear weapons. These troops are not only an instrument of
American domination in Europe but also serve to assert American interests in other regions of the
4) The American policy of dominance has generated strong anti-American sentiments around the
world as a consequence of the principle known as a defensive reaction. But till now it has not
developed to the point that an anti-US coalition of states has come into being, namely those
countries against which the United States wants to impose its will. One explanation is that the
political elites of Western countries were forced to accept the US dictates of the Cold War in order
to protect themselves from Stalin’s expansion. Today they are still free-riding the coat-tails of
American policy in order to gain certain advantages. But in the consciousness of European
countries other sentiments are awakening.
People are not willed to accept that the United States is treating them like satellites and exploiting
them in its global military affairs. A famous German politician Egon Bahr once made a well-known
comment: “No people can live continuously on its knees”. If the US does not stop with its politics of
domination an anti-American coalition can be expected.
5) In the United States a small secret inner circle decides over war and peace. To it belong some of
the richest families. Even Brzezinski in a speech on October 14 showed a major concern because
most of today’s Congressmen and Senators as well as most of the top officials belong in the
category of very rich, the so-called top 1% and only a small part of them decide on US policy.
6) We are now faced with finding a way out of the largest financial, economic and moral crisis since
1929/33 which has shaken capitalist society and the social structure of US society and has now
taken hold of the whole world. Therefore, there is the danger that American leaders pursue the
dangerous path of war, for example, a war against Iran. In this way they could try to attain their
geopolitical goals. In this age of globalization a medium scale war could very rapidly develop into a
world war. However, this does not restrain the US power elite because there are enough of them
who believe that it is time to get rid of a few billion unnecessary citizens of the world.
7) As far as propaganda, psychological control and the motivation of American politics of
predominance and the creation of enemy stereotypes are concerned the US power elites have
surpassed all previous records. Here we see that there is much in common with the factors leading
to the world wars of the 20th. Century and the trends of today’s American politics. This is also true
in respect of the tendency of overestimating one’s own forces in the effort to secure global
predominance. The overextension of the US in its imperial efforts constitutes one of the main
reasons for today’s financial crisis and the accumulation of huge public debts. American hegemony
is approaching its own demise.
Washington has enriched the international lexicon of terminology with such terms as: humanitarian
war, preventive intervention, superior armaments, general meaning of American values, US
interests above all else, “if you’re not for us, you’re against us”, axis of evil, rogue state, checkbook
diplomacy, selective strikes, NATO globalization, closing vulnerable areas of the US with anti-
missile systems, etc. The new American military doctrine has given the US the prerogative to
conduct preventive wars.
What does the Russian leadership think of US policy and how does it respond to the possible
It is known that during the reign of Yeltsin an unusual state concept prevailed according to which
there was no longer an external threat to Russia anymore. This concept was supported by Foreign
Minister Kosirev. This concept severely damaged Russian national interests and the country’s
Later foreign policy was weakened further, reminiscent of a policy of reconciliation.
It is hard to see why the Russian leadership did not even once bring a proposal warning against the
dangers of the expansionist politics of the United States, and American hegemony and tyranny in
the world arena, which threatened the world and Russia. There were several broad possibilities but
they were not utilized. It is remarkable that neither Yeltsin nor Putin nor Medvedev made an appeal
to the EU, to revive the good principles of the Paris Charter. They were not even mentioned in
official publications although they met the essential national interests of Russia and other European
Another example: In 2008 I put together a project for a convention to ban the Politics of Global
Dominance. The project was published and submitted to the Russian Foreign Office with the
proposal that it be put forward at the next UN General Assembly.
“We, the United Nations member states, in recognizing that the quest for global predominance in
the 20th Century led to world wars, resulted in countless victims, led to colossal losses of material
wealth, the militarization of society and people’s consciousness, the emergence of difficult-to-
eradicate enemy stereotypes, to post-war poverty, destruction, despair and the hardening of
human attitudes, the collapse of production and the decline in science. We are aware that after
each World War once again a large power center forms that exercises an imperial and messianic
rule threatening the national interests and the freedom of the peoples of the world who must resist
this by uniting in opposition. In light of this and that in times of nuclear weapons and the space
age, a new world war resulting from the politics of global domination would lead to the extinction of
human civilization; in the firm conviction that the politics of predominance always goes hand in hand
with expansion and that it is the most dangerous factor in international relations, also that it stands
in sharp contrast to the democratic principles of foreign policy and ignores international principles
such as “unity in diversity”, “live and let live”. Therefore, the need is recognized to remove the
material basis for the politics of global predominance by restricting the military expenditures of all
UN members up to 0.5% of their gross domestic product.
We declare our resolution for an international ban on politics that has as its goal the domination
over other peoples and that such politics can be described as a Crime against Humanity.”
This international convention could - in the event of its ratification by the UN General Assembly - be
an important threshold in the fight of the world community against the politics of hegemony, of
dictates and dangerous military despotism in international relations. But this proposal for a
convention elicited no response from our politicians.
The Russian leadership could also start other important proposals to consolidate the peace, for
• Termination and complete prohibition of military competition which the US forces on the world,
and restriction of military budgets to 0.5% of GDP.
• The dissolution of NATO as a relic of the Cold War in light of the fact that Europe today is no
longer under threat, and the conversion of the OECD into an energetic principal organization for
European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation.
• The repatriation of 40,000 American and 20,000 British troops and nuclear weapons from
• Proposals against the building of American bases in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea
and the Balkans.
• Repatriation of NATO troops from Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Regarding the US missile defense system in Europe the Russian leadership has long held an
absurd position, and that of cooperation with the Americans in building the system, although the
system is directed solely against Russia. Medvedev should have been taking a decisive step and
effective measures against the threat a lot sooner and not just before the Duma elections. This
makes it appear only as a campaign maneuver.
These and other proposals of Russian foreign policy could counter an increase in the military
threat. The Chief of General Staff of the Russian army, Makarov, spoke about them before a public
committee on 11 November 2011. But the proposals were not presented to the international
organizations. One wonders why?
Historical experience shows that those who sought to dominate Europe and the world always
encountered a fiasco. The same fate awaits the initiators and perpetrators who build the American
world empire. What is important is to prevent a new world war being unleashed.
Prof. Vyacheslav Dashichev is a member of the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
This English translation was taken from Global Research.Org