Photos of the day The Milky Way illuminates the sky above the dome of the La Silla Observatory in Chile. Stars are surrounded with planets: “is the rule, rather than the exception” within our galaxy, according to a study published on January 11, 2012 by an astronomers’ international team. (AFP/Getty Images)
Why so serious, riot police? A student plays with a toy gun in front of a line of riot police officers during protests in Santiago, Chile, on August 25, 2011, during a 48-hour national strike. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos of the day Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city, June 5, 2011. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)
No one knows for sure if President Franklin D. Roosevelt really said, of the U.S.’s support for the corrupt Nicaraguan dictator, Anastasio Somoza Garcia, “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”
Most likely he didn’t. It hardly matters. The fact the quote has, for 72 years, taken on a life of its own — it has been held up as the defining, cold-hearted mentality behind U.S. foreign policy — does.