Name That Dictator 6

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Treasury agents seized the assets of Bay Industries, a Santa Monica engineering firm, on March 22, alleging that the firm had helped Hussein buy arms for Iraq.

The department seized Matrix Churchill, a machine tool company in Cleveland, last September.

Violators of the trade embargo can be fined up to $1 million and/or sent to prison for up to 12 years. (4/2/91, Boston Globe)


In what the Justice Department says is the largest known case of unlawful trading with Libya since Washington imposed sanctions a decade ago, a Texas company made more than 100 shipments between 1994 and 1996 of anti-corrosive pipe coating, machines and parts, to a British company, which sent them on to Libya for the irrigation project, according to court documents. The materials were just the kind that might be needed for the water project, but would also be ideal for the chemical weapons factory, experts say. (10/4/97, New York Times)


Basically, we’re out of options.

The administration said Tuesday that the people of Country X should consider replacing the Dictator as their leader, and officials here said that the CIA has stepped up its covert efforts to destabilize the Country X regime. …

“The Country X leadership is a matter for Country X’s people to decide,” an official said. “That said, it’s abundantly clear that Country X’s economy has been mismanaged and Country X actions have increasingly isolated Country X’s people from the international community.” …

They confirmed a report in Tuesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal that the President has ordered CIA operations against the Dictator stepped up, although they cautioned that the covert effort is still relatively small and, at least until now, ineffective. (Los Angeles Times)


The administration renewed its invitation to Country X’s people on Monday to overthrow the Dictator but said he was not being targeted by the United States.

Acknowledging that a review of U.S. policy was under way, the State Department spokeswoman said U.S. relations with Country X can never be normal as long as the Dictator holds power.

The White House spokesman said, meanwhile, that the President still wanted to see the Dictator removed.

“Obviously our interests lie in that direction,” he said. (Orlando Sentinel Tribune, from wire service reports)

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