You have to give it to these American think-tank types. And this New Republic magazine is supposed to be - don't hold your breath - liberal. I am tempted to look up some interesting quotes about the differences between liberals and conservatives in the American context. For the rest of the world, these differences are non-existent, except in case of certified crazies like Bush Jr.
Apart from paying lip service, much of the western world was in fact quite chummy with the apartheid regimes, including (especially?) the US administration under Reagan. And this worthy would have us believe that South Africa is - horror of horrors - supporting police states and rogue regimes - may be the SA armaments cartels are competing against American business interests?
And Newsweek also delights readers with an expose of meddling powers - the list includes the US' backing of the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Iraq and Vietnam do not find a mention. Quite right too; outright invasions merit a separate list.