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USA companies are usually the beneficiaries of USA foreign policy.

Governments that propose economic policies that keep control of resources by the state or the people are usually demonised, attacked, sanctioned and often removed. Only governments that set up economic systems compatible with USA interests are tolerated. The assumption that the USA has the right to attack governments on economic grounds is rarely challenged in the Western media.

The USA supports governments that allow free reign to USA companies. These companies are helped by having lax (or non-enforced) safety or pollution laws, beneficial tax regimes (that is, beneficial to the companies rather than the populations) and sometimes military help in controlling the work force. Some examples are indicated in the table below. In many countries child and slave labour is used to make goods cheaply which are then sold at a huge profits.

Year Company Country Involvement
pre 1945 ITT Corporation
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
Standard Oil
Davis Oil Company
Chase National Bank
Nazi GermanySupply of military materials to Nazi Germany. This government was responsible for large scale genocide against Jewish, Slavic and Roma populations as well as against political dissidents.
1954 United Fruit
Coca Cola
GuatemalaTaking advantage of military regime's lax laws and cheap labour.
1984 Union Carbide India14,419 killed in explosion with little compensation.
1988 Unocal
Total Oil
BurmaTaking advantage of military regime's lax laws and forced labour.
1995 Unocal AfghanistanEntertains Taliban leaders in order to get a pipeline across the country.
1997 Exxon Mobil IndonesiaColludes with government to suppress dissent about oil extraction.
1997 McDonalds ChinaUse of child labour to produce toys given away with food sales.
1998 Ethyl Corporation CanadaUses WTO rules to force the country to reverse a ban on its petrol additive.
1998 Monsanto
W R Grace
Attempt to force use of non seeding crops and to patent local plants.
1998 Unocal
Johnson & Johnson
Federal Express
BurmaTaking advantage of military regime's forced labour.
1999 Chiquita
Del Monte
EuropeAttempt to force Europe to buy more of its bananas via a WTO ruling.
2001 Occidental Petroleum ColombiaTaking advantage of military protection.
2001 Nike Vietnam
South Korea
Abuse of cheap labour. Use of child labour
2001 ExxonMobil
ChadColluding with oppressive government to build a pipeline.
2001 Halliburton BurmaTaking advantage of military regime's lax laws and forced labour.
2002 Anglo-American BotswanaMining in tribal lands occupied for 20,000 years.
2002 Boeing ChinaInstalling spying equipment in Chinese president's aircraft.
2002 Computer companies AsiaUsing Asia's lax environmental laws to recycle computer components.
2002 Kraft
Procter & Gambol
Sara Lee Corp
Coffee growing countriesColluding with Western governments to keep out fair competition and high retail prices in the West.
2002 Many ManyTabulated list of selected Western companies trading in countries with dubious human rights records.
2003 Monsanto
ManyNon-sustainable genetically modified crops sold to poorer countries.
2003 70 companies IraqTraded with the regime of Saddam Hussein between 1980 and 1989.
2003 Halliburton and others IraqHalliburton awarded contract by USA government to repair Iraqi oil installations before USA-led invasion and without Iraqi consent. Other contracts awarded to USA companies that have donated to the USA administration.

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Thomas Friedman from "What the World Needs Now" in the New York Times (USA) and Illustrated by an American Flag on a fist:

"For globalism to work, America can't be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is....The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist...McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."

USA Defence Secretary William Cohen in remarks to reporters prior to his speech at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle as reported by Associated Press:

"[T]he prosperity that companies like Microsoft now enjoy could not occur without having the strong military that we have. ... conflicts in faraway lands such as Bosnia, Korea and Iraq have a direct effect on the U.S. economy. The billions it costs to keep 100,000 American troops in South Korea and Japan, for example, makes Asia more stable--and thus better markets for U.S. goods. The military's success in holding Iraq in check ensures a continued flow of oil from the Persian Gulf."

George Kennan, Cold War Planner for the USA in 1948:

"We have 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, our real job in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we have to dispense with all sentimentality...we should cease thinking about human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation."

Pentagon's Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994 - 1999, a USA planning document:

"Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival... we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."

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