[quote]Jeff R wrote:
The Cold War. Look into it.
I could be wrong, but, I do believe Morocco exports oil.
But, I believe Bill was referencing Sweden.
If you gave your brain a chance, I’ll bet you could have answered your own question.
But, I could be wrong.
Are you going to call me a jackass again? Those were good times.
As a matter of fact, I knew that Bill was referencing Sweden. My post was sarcastic.
And you are not wrong. Morocco does indeed export oil. 21,890 barrels a day, to be precise.
But as for Morocco being “saved” from Soviet dictatorship by the United States during the Cold War, I’m not so sure. So I took your kind advice, and I looked into it. Here is what I found.
In the late 1950s, Morocco was still without clear links to either superpower. It associated itself with the emerging non-aligned movement which sought neutrality in the superpower conflict with the possible benefit of being able to play the two superpowers off against one another to secure certain benefits.
One government dominated by left wing leaning forces from the recently created UNFP tried to link Morocco to the Soviet Union by seeking expanded commercial relations both for ideological reasons as well as a means of exerting pressure on the US and the other Western countries.
The Western leaning forces in Morocco (headed by the monarchy) resisted the move, and received the support of the US. As a result, Morocco became securely anchored in the West, a fact recognized by both the US and the Soviet Union.
In the mid 1960s, Hassan II tried again to revive the Soviet “card.” Concerned with the lack of support he was receiving from France following the Ben Barka affair, Hassan sought US support, which he could only have by threatening to lean toward the Soviet Union. This was not successful, for two reasons.
On the one hand, Morocco was seen by the Soviet Union as clearly part of the Western camp, and not worth any serious effort to attract. On the other hand, Morocco was seen by the US as bluffing, and the threat was not taken seriously.
(Source: Analyzing Moroccan Foreign Policy and Relations with Europe, Michael Willis and Nizar Messari, Routledge, 2005)
So yes, we “saved Morocco from Soviet dictatorship”, if by “saved” you mean “essentially disregarded Morocco’s bluff” and if by “Soviet dictatorship” you mean “lack of Soviet interest in Morocco’s phony overtures.”