Wikileaks Thailand- The USA knew about the 2006 Coup

Ugh. At some point I knew it would come- the USA meddling in Thai politics. From the Wikileaks cables it appears the USA knew in advance of the 2006 coup and approved; it also appears the USA has continued to meddle in Thai politics since 2006.

One of the cables about the coup:http://thaicables.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/06bangkok5811-my-meeting-with-general-sonthi/

Some great analysis about the situation and the USA’s involvement:

“The cables confirm what was evident at the time: the muted US response to the 2006 coup was guided purely by US economic and strategic interests. The US has longstanding connections to the Thai military going back to the 1960s and 1970s when Washington backed military dictatorships and used the country as a base for US operations during the Vietnam War.” And

“Whether the US condemns or condones a junta is based on political expediency. Over the border in neighbouring Burma, the US had maintained an economic blockade of the military dictatorship and postures as a defender of the democratic rights of the Burmese people. What Washington objects to is not the suppression of basic democratic rights but the close ties between the Burmese junta and China, the main US rival in the region.” Quotes are from this article:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/dec2010/thai-d18.shtml

The 2006 coup was the beginning of the protests, including the recent Red Shirts protest that lead to 91 deaths earlier this year.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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