As nations go, the United States is a player. From economic assistance to clandestine coup d’etats to outright warfare, we have a reputation for global intrigue. Sometimes our clever plans work out well.
And sometimes we are just too clever for our own good. For example:
1) Cuba: Our government’s failure to curb American companies, which exploited Cuba for decades, led to the Marxist revolution and anti-American sentiment. We followed this up with the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
2) Iran: The Islamic revolution which overthrew the Shah, a leader whom the U.S. helped install, was the beginning of the bitter …