The Most Shocking Dictators the U.S. Has Ever Supported

8. Sergeant Fulgencio Batista: Cuba

Sergeant Batista first seized power of Cuba during a military coup in 1932 as President Roosevelt’s handpicked man to counteract the leftists that were attempting to take power on the island nation at the time. During Batista’s reign as President of Cuba American business interests flourished making many companies, particularly in the sugar trade, immensely wealthy. Furthermore, Batista also allowed Havana to become a Las Vegas type of city with American mobsters running a gambling empire that catered to America’s elite. If that wasn’t bad enough, while Batista kept the leftists in line, he also managed to starve his country and turn Havana into a major international drug port. After Fidel Castro’s attempted coup in 1953, Batista spent the last six years of his rule repressing freedom of speech and human rights, and used death squads to torture and execute suspected rebels, all under then U.S. President Eisenhower and the CIA’s watchful eye. Castro finally deposed Batista for good in 1959.
8. Sergeant Fulgencio Batista: Cuba