There Are Countless Examples, But Egypt Is A Good And Current One..America loves democracy, right? Remember when Obama went to Cairo in 2009 and spewed all that rhetoric about the Arab world needing to be more progressive and democratic? I loved it, because I believed he was speaking the truth. I believed that he, and America, really wanted that to happen. They were just words, just bullshit words that Dubya and the others have put out there over the years.
Let's be clear about international relations. You can only find a handful of historians and diplomats who speak the truth about it all. At least there are the Wikileaks cables from the embassies. The knowledgeable people who are not on the payroll for the government or big businesses (they are almost interchangeable) will tell you that there are no countries that are friends to the US; there are just interests. The US approves of foreign governments that serve their own needs. Doesn't matter how they govern; it's how they serve US interests that matters.
This is what realpolitik is. The American government does not care about what is moral. They do not really care about spreading democracy. They just care about solidifying their own interests, or better yet furthering them. That is what foreign policy is all about.
It's been happening for decades, but Egypt, as I mentioned, is a good and current example of this. Remember when the protests started? Nevermind the loony-bin right-wingers; even the White House was calling for Mubarak to stay in power in the name of stability. Only in the past few days has the prez called for him to step down (which won't amount to much, if his psycho torturer, recently appointed vice-prez is put in charge). He has served American interests for the past 30 years, and as a reward, his family is now worth around $70-80 billion dollars. Oooh, 'stabillity' !
They don't care about Egyptian democracy; they want whatever system that can maintain or further their own interests. Only when the results of the protests appeared inevitable did the White House side with the protesters. Gotta lick your finger and see from where the wind is blowing. I'm blown away that the majority of Americans are blind to this stuff. Your government could give a **** about the world becoming democratic. It's just something that those in charge have to say, even though it's not what they really want.