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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The provenance of the famous quote is in dispute but the thinking behind it is alive and well in U.S. dealings with dictators: "He may be a son of a bitch but he is OUR son of a bitch."
Ascribed most frequently to the late president Franklin D. Roosevelt, the remark referred to a corrupt dictator, Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza, who enjoyed U.S. backing because he served Washington's interests during the Cold War confrontation with the Soviet Union.