The Gulf: America Abroad: The Search for Supervillains

The Search for Supervillains

Americans have always tended to overpersonalize hostile forces in the world. The vilification of Saddam Hussein is only the latest example. His mug shot now hangs on the walls of various U.S. government offices in Washington. There it joins those of other comandantes, party bosses and maximum leaders who make up the U.S.'s most-wanted list.

Two veterans of that rogues' gallery, Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi, have survived attempts at what is known in spookspeak as "termination with extreme prejudice." In the early 1960s the CIA concocted exotic poisons and hired Mafia hit men in a bizarre and feckless murder plot...

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