After Destroying Cambodia, The US Wants The Country To Repay It For The Bombs They Dropped

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Cambodians are responding with outrage to the U.S. government’s demand that the country repay a nearly 50-year-old loan to Cambodia’s brutal Lon Nol government, which came to power through a U.S.-backed coup and spent much of its foreign funds purchasing arms to kill its own citizens, according to Cambodia’s current prime minister Hun Sen.

While the U.S. was backing the Lon Nol government, it was also strafing the Cambodian countryside with bombs—a carpet-bombing campaign that would eventually see over 500,000 tons of explosives dropped on the small Asian country, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and leaving a legacy of unexploded ordnances.

“[The U.S.] dropped bombs on our heads and then they ask us to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF [International Monetary Fund] not to lend us money,” Hun Sen said at an Asia-Pacific regional conference earlier this month.


“At the same time the U.S. was giving weapons to Lon Nol, it was bombing the Cambodian countryside into oblivion and creating millions of refugees fleeing into Phnom Penh and destroying all political fabric and civil life in the country,” former Australian ambassador to Cambodia Tony Kevin told Australia’s ABC.


“And all of this was simply to stop the supplies coming down to South Vietnam, as it was then, from the north,” Kevin added. “So the United States created a desert in Cambodia in those years, and Americans know this.”

Hun Sen has argued that the U.S. has no right to demand repayment of its “blood-stained” funds.

“Cambodia does not owe even a brass farthing to the U.S. for help in destroying its people, its wild animals, its rice fields, and forest cover,” wrote former Reuters correspondent James Pringle for The Cambodia Daily.

In fact, during his tenure as prime minister Hun Sen has asked the U.S. to drop the “dirty debt” several times, but American leaders have refused.

“[The] U.S. would not drop it. It would have been so easy to forgive the repayment, it would have been easy to refinance it for education like they did in Vietnam,” the reporter Elizabeth Becker, who covered the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, told Al Jazeera.

“The U.S. intervention in Cambodia was easily the most controversial that we had in that era,” Becker said. “[The U.S.] dragged Cambodia into the Vietnam War for hopes that by expanding it they could win, the complications now are that even 50 years later, the Khmer Rouge legacy is horrible.”

“The U.S. owes Cambodia much more in war debts that can be repaid in cash,” Becker argued to The Cambodia Daily.

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peippe's picture

Pure class, that USA

halcyon's picture

Hey you dont like it, you can always complain to.... err.....


Really it is all just a big racket and you aint in on the cut. MIC is.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) halcyon Mar 15, 2017 1:30 AM

Just like the US destroyed the Middle East with terrorists they financed, then banned their citizens from coming over.

stizazz's picture

Seriously, all these wars gotta end.

Aegeas Du'Augloth's picture

Wars ?

Good ole' America is just spreading democracy one bomb at a time whether you like it or not. Through our gracious benevolence we are dropping peace/love bombs to show you how much we truly care.

We can't have people being jealous and hating us for our freedoms so we're just being compassionate in a kinetic sort of way.


vato poco's picture

BWAAAAaaaaaa haaaaaaw haaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!

aw c'mon now boys, lighten up some. instead of getting your pretty pink panties all wadded up in a righteously mortified virtue-signaling bunch, stop & think for a second and look at this through the prism of an opening of a negotiation salvo. 

like the old joke about the prospector who exuberantly smacks the recalcitrant donkey between the eyes with a two-by-four. 

first you gotta get their attention. they're asians: they'll figger it out; and are probably secretly pleased to be dealing with roundeyes who understand the art of the deal.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

The Shining City On The Hill® is actually an abattoir run by a loan shark.

HowdyDoody's picture

US: Nice country you got there. It would be a shame if something bad happened to it, capiche.

stacking12321's picture

America deserves to be nuked, so that Americans can understand for once the horrors they've inflicted upon the world.

Tarjan's picture

I have travelled in Laos and Cambodia, both countries bombed to crap by the US during the Vietnam fiasco. Nice, decent people in both countries, though quite a few in Cambodia with one or both legs amputated after stepping on a buried cluster bomb. When Lao or Cambodian people asked where I was from, I told them New Zealand because I am so ashamed of what the US did to those countries and then never helped them to rebuild or clean up the UXBs.



BennyBoy's picture


Bankers and USG overthrow Cambodia Gov, install dictator, dicatator borrows money to murder opponents, US slaughters one million Cambodians.

Bankers using USG, want money back, plus interest.

Fuck the bankers.

Friedrich not Salma's picture

25 years ago instead of saying I was from the USA, I'd say I was from California. Foreigners looked upon CA differently than the USA. Nowadays, I'm ashamed in the USA to say I once lived in California.

beemasters's picture

It's probably time Japan is made to pay for those Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs too???
Unbelievable!!! It's true psychopaths never show remorse.

flicker life's picture
flicker life (not verified) beemasters Mar 15, 2017 5:27 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

vato poco's picture

25 downvotes over the mere suggestion the USA ain't a bunch of heartless meanies?!?

pussies! you're all just a bunch of PUSSIES!!!

eatapeach's picture

'America' don't deserve that. The perps are individuals, and I suspect they are hard to get to.

Giant Meteor's picture

Bomb Derivatives .....

We'll make it up in volume ...

Bay of Pigs's picture

The death, suffering and destruction caused to Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries by failed US war policy is immeasurable.

Get fucked buddy. I've visited these places and these people deserved none of it.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

All war is bankster war, and sooner and later, bankster is demand payment in full!

Erek's picture

Is the payment due on 15 March? If so, what happens on 16 March?

sodbuster's picture

In every gook, there's an American trying to get out. Jump on the team and come in for the win!!

SoDamnMad's picture

Naw, we will call Putie and ask for a meeting to discuss the purchase of refurbished Mig 29s and perhaps a warm water port for Russian naval ships.

The Russian admirals will love to escape the frigid cold during the winter and be adjacent to the Chinese shipping lanes into the South China Sea.

peippe's picture

yeah, it's exceptionaly.. sonething...

galling, that's the word.

Anteater's picture

One simple act of humanity and grace that The Red Donald could achieve tomorrow by fiat Executive edict, so cheap, and so easy, but won't, because he was busy at that time evicting poor elderly from rent-controlled housing. While napalm and Agent Orange was dropping on Cambodia, The Red Donald was dropping eviction notices on indigents, and partying at Club 54.

So instead, Congress has just dropped $563 billion on the Pentagon, ' to last it until September 30th'.

Wait,... what?!

E pluribus Treblinka.

NoDecaf's picture

And after taxing your productive labor by a third or so, uncle sam gives you back a little piece of your life as a "tax refund"

So asking to pay for bombs that were dropped on their heads doesn't seem so strange after all.

Anteater's picture

10% for the King, 10% for the Church and 10% for the Sherif.

Next He'll have Catholics slaughtering Muslims, and Jews being herded into ghettoes.


E pluribus let them eat canolas.

Yen Cross's picture

 Why did 300,000 servicemen & women die?  The purple team always wins? NOT anymoar!

IMACOINNUT's picture

Will this come back to bite the agency (US) in charge in the ass? reverse motions international courts  death destruction lives future worth ?

somebody is gonna pay

JailBanksters's picture

Sounds like the USA

That's why so many countries like the USA.


moorewasthebestbond's picture

Agent Orange.


The gift that keeps on killing.

Logan 5's picture

Don't ya just love it? This & the Monsanto ROUND UP article side by side.

ShakenNotStirred's picture

They thought that they are dropping Orange juice....

SoDamnMad's picture

But, but the EPA said it doesn't cause cancer (though the number of GIs exposed to it in VietNam and their cancers is sure a compelling statistical number).

But hey Dow Chemical, Monsanto and Diamond Shamrock, (now Valero Energy Corp) the manufacturers of AO are good STAWKS so it must be OK.


My uncle died in 2007 from lung cancer confirmed to have come from agent orange. They cant tell until an autopsy is done.

Pliskin's picture

Don't worry Cambodia, I'm sure China can step in to give you some money, build up your infrastructure, much needed investment and all that jazz!  And likely all they'll want in return is access to a port or two on your coastline for their navy, and set up a few missile sites to further protect their man-made islands.

As a side, I spent 3 months travelling around Cambodia, beautiful country and great people, Angkor Wat is an immense area, you can spend days looking around it and not get close to seeing it all, and the pork or chicken Amok is delicious.

What was that?  Did I just hear Mattis saying they had WMD's?


Madcow Kaczynski's picture

Knom chmuu Kaczynski.

I live in Kampuchea.

Henry Kissinger: Is there an oven big enough to stuff this fat fuckin Jew into already?

Anteater's picture

Chuum reap leah, Kampuchea. Been nice to know you. When the Chinese finish building massive coal fired power plants upwind in Sihanoukville, and Chinese landlords develop all the coastal properties into Batangas Moon-party dumps, and Laos dams off half of the Mekong, and Ton Le Sap no longer floods with billions of fish, and the northern hardwood forests are logged off to China, and Phnom Penh is left a traffic-paralyzed raw running sewer of Chinese condos, dictator-for-life Samdech Hun Sen will be in no position to pay back any new IMF loans, ...he's totally in Beijing's pocket as it is. Lehi!

Vigilante's picture

Sawadee from your western neighbour.

I hope this row escalates and Cambodia drops the dollar as its parallel currency

Hun Sen is known for his short temper

The riel is long overdue for a hefty devaluation.

When/If that happens I might join you there

llessur_one's picture

Hun Sen is an asshole. a former khmer rouge office that made a deal with the vietnamese to drive out khmer rouge and prop him up in power. He returns the favor by lettin  Vietnam creep into Cambodia. Hun Sen kills his political opponents, his wife kills the women who come around her husband . Hun sen is a billionaire who made his fortune off the people he oppresses, Fuck Hun Sen.

Anteater's picture

 Vietnamese creep in through the jungle or by bribing border guards, if you've ever gone through the border shakedown yourself. Oddly, for having liberated Cambodia from Pol Pot, Cambodians hate Vietnamese, who are just passing through on their way to Thailand manual worker tourist paradise. There are very few old timers who even remember Pol Pot. The young ones are into bling and l3arning Mandarin to please their new masters. If the rial devalues any more, Cambodians will start eating the Vietnamese, which is ironic, because in 1960's pre-Kissinger, Cambodia was a modern industrialized manufacturing center. You can still find amazing Kodacolor movies of everyone in bright uniforms at factory and university.

Stinkytofu's picture

if'n i recall correctly,  after the vietnamese liberated cambodia from the khmer rouge,

the freedom-loving usa refused to recognize the new government, instead leaving the

united nations seat in the hands of the genocidal regime for another 14 years.

if you like your torturer, you can keep your torturer.

TheVoicesInYourHead's picture

Me no luv u long time hansum merican.

SoDamnMad's picture

Montagnards.  Come fight along side us to defeat the North Vietnamese and we will take care of you. (NOT)

Another ally thrown under the bus like the soon-to-be Kurds.  Famous US slogan. "We need ya until we don't"

francis scott falseflag's picture

If Cambodia had a longer coast line and it was on the South China Sea

and not the Gulf of Thailand, the US would probably forgive the loan, no?

Remind me again, what countries on the South China Sea still welcome US involvement?


Taiwan, but they're really the East China Sea and who knows if there's any oil there for the US to drill.

Malaysia, probably still pissed about MH17.

Brunei, the Unbigly.

buttmint's picture

.....idiot US Lawmakers have never been to Kampuchea/Cambodia. They oughta take a trip to visit the place.

Horrific what our weapons wrought.

Yen Cross's picture

 True story- When I was just a young "Jr. Spaulding", my uncle would get leave from the war.

 He and his wife had a beautiful home. [I was a kid]   Looked over Los Angeles.

 Anyhow, he had this ashtray, that was huuuge. It was in vogue back then.

  The ashtray had a MONSTER that lived in it. [Fred}

  My uncle, in the face of adversity, built an financial empire.

  Facing DEATH on a daily basis changes an individual.

  I love and miss you, Uncle Bud.

   The Vietnamese are scumbags, even today.