American propaganda, especially during the build up to a military conflict, is always laughably simplistic. Today I would like to discuss the trope that American officials have of using the word regime to refer to any government with which it disagrees and has decided to target for war. No doubt you have noticed that the Obama administration now refers to the government of Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad as the “Assad regime.”
George W. Bush (who was not even legitimately elected, thus would properly be referred to as the head of “the Bush regime”) used the same linguistic construction when he wanted to attack Iraq after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
When a government is the enemy or foe or adversary of the United States, it becomes a regime. Which is also interesting because this used to be a left-wing construction. When it is an allied government, no matter how monstrous, it is a government.
So it is not the regime of Uzbekistani Pres. Islam Karimov, but rather the government of Islam Karimov. Silly but well worth noting. America relies on these Orwellian linguistic constructions almost as much as it relies on brute force to exercise its bullying ways throughout the world.