Case in point: Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's current self-imposed 30years and counting "President".
Moral of the Story: American foreign policy consists of this...
"We do not care if you screw over your people, so long as you're down with our agenda and serve our interests, we will turn a blind eye to whatever oppression and injustices you have on your people. God Bless America and Long Live Hypocrisy... uhhh, we mean Democracy."
Truth be told, that is the truth. Well, American foreign policy also has a history rich of placing puppet leaders in specific and strategic regions of the world... but that's another story for another day.
Keep your eyes open and don't be fooled by everything you see on TV or read in newspapers.