US Interferes in Elections all the Time
Every day we are bombarded with new accusations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. New charges are levelled at someone in the Trump administration on an almost daily basis. The first victim of these charges by the "fake media" was retired General Michael Flynn.
Flynn's greatest sin was not talking to the Russian's, but lying about it. Another weird American tradition where the cover up is worse than the crime itself. The latest victim of the Russian witch hunt happens to be Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
My purpose here is not to try and speak to the innocence or guilt of those accused of wrong doing in this latest created crisis, but to ask everyone here to take a look at America's involvement in elections held all over the world. Involvements that became STANDARD POLICY shortly following WWII and has not slowed sense. My purpose here is to expose America's glaring hypocrisy when it comes to "election meddling".
While researching the subject, I came across the work of political scientist Dov Levin, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Levin found that "the U.S. attempted to influence the elections of foreign countries as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000. Often covert in their execution, these efforts included everything from CIA operatives running successful presidential campaigns in the Philippines during the 1950s to leaking damaging information on Marxist Sandanistas in order to sway Nicaraguan voters in 1990."
According to Levin, 45 nations were targeted during this time period. Levin states "In the case of some countries, such as Italy and Japan, the U.S. attempted to intervene in four or more separate elections."
Military coups or regime change attempts following the election of an anti-American candidate are not included in Levin's figures. These would include such coups as the CIA backed overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddeq, Iran's democratically elected prime minister, in 1953.
Levin defines an electoral intervention as "a costly act which is designed to determine the election results [in favor of] one of the two sides." These methods include: peddling misinformation or propaganda; creating campaign material for preferred candidates or parties; providing or withdrawing foreign aid, and; making public announcements that threaten or favor certain candidates. Often, it also includes the U.S. covertly delivering large sums of cash, as was the case in elections in Japan, Lebanon, Italy, and other countries.
The cold war was the reason for much of America's election meddling during this time period. America would stop at nothing to contain the spread of Soviet influence through supposed leftist proxies. It must be stated here that America was not alone in her election meddling. Levin has pointed out Russia attempted to interfere in other countries' elections 36 times between the end of World War II and the end of the 20th century. Between Russia and America 117 election interventions were committed in the time period between 1946 and 2000.
The U.S. continues its interventions to this day. This would include elections in Israel, former Czechoslovakia, and even Russia in 1996. Levin has stated: "Since 2000, the U.S. has attempted to sway elections in Ukraine, Kenya, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, among others."
As we continue down the road of great division and finger pointing in the Empire of the United States of America, I think it would serve us well to follow the words of Christ when he stated: "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5)