No "very liberal" person wants to admit to the savagery and failures of communism.
My god, I sure hope such idiotic blindness that you seem to propose that all the rest of us should "see"... I hope it is not contagious. What do you not get about how many people died, were tortured, were "relocated" and "reeducated", enslaved by our opponents in this Cold War that you think was just some corporate game? You think that folks in South Korea would not have rather lived under the US umbrella of protection? You think Franco's Spain was worse than, well, I'll let you choose, which ones of the Soviet Union and its satellites would you have rather lived? Or maybe in Red China? To think there is even a comparison is, to be charitable, in the particularly misguided mumblings manner of a hoodwinked ideologue.
Get there firstest with the mostest. Trust, but verify. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
You apparently were thinking that the US could only support benevolent dictators during the Cold War while the communists could support anyone they chose. Perhaps that's why you never mentioned any communist dictatorships, despite their being an abundance. The criticisms only go in one direction, and that is against America , its people, and those who want freedom..