Rebellions against the Assad clan have a much longer history than either Bush presidency, as do the regime's ultra-violent reactions. You're just trying to bend reality so everything fits into a convenient box with U.S. Republicans at fault for everything when in fact it's not the fault of any party in the U.S. And when those parasites have money to spend that isn't available to the ordinary masses, they are living as capitalists. They're not socialist enterprises when they're run for the personal benefit of Communist Party shareholders members. There is no self-proclaimed Communist or socialist society anywhere on the planet where wealth or property are evenly distributed. The USSR had a wealthy elite, and it's even worse in China. It doesn't frigging matter what you label the bottom 90% guy, the point is they didn't have any money in the first place. The people who had the money were the ones making the rules, and they lived like capitalists, which makes them fascists in disguise. Even now, greedy Chinese pricks are talking about how Mao wanted them to hoard away millions of dollars and get fat just like him in the name of the people, that doesn't make them socialists. The difference between the USSR and Russia today is that the elites controlling their society no longer try to plan the economic decisions of the 90% who have no money to spend anyhow. The majority of their economy today is still owned or controlled by the "state", but the state only represents a minority of the population just as it did back in the good 'ole commie days.