This post is addressed to Americans, but anyone may jump in, of course. How should we feel about Russian interference in US elections? (and please read before responding). First, unbelievably, many Americans lack the information that follows. After reviewing it, at the end of the post, I will ask again.
The CIA has a long history of attempted assassinations other country’s leaders around the world.
US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s.
— May 2017 Guardian article
Here is a list of just some of the attempted assassinations, failed and succesful by the US government. In brackets I have placed the US president at that time, and their party:
1960-2000 Cuba, Fidel Castro [Eisenhower (R), Kennedy(D) and many more]
1960 Congo, Patrice Lumumba [Eisenhower (R)]
1961 Dominica, Rafael Trujillo [Kennedy (D)]
1960s Indonesia, Sukarno [Kennedy (D), Johnson (D) ?]
1963 South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem [Kennedy (D)]
1973 Chile, Salvador Allende [Richard Nixon (R)]
1976 — President Gerald Ford signed in 1976 an executive order stating: “No employee of the United States government shall engage in, or conspire in, political assassination.”
1981 – President Reagan writes executive order against assassination, but in 1986 himself challenges the order to attack Gaddafi for obvious reasons.
Thus, Realpolitik has continued, of course and here are more cases of leaders the US has targeted — they are actual criminals of course:
1986 Libya, Muammar Gaddafi [Ronald Reagan, R]
1999 Serbia, Slobodan Milsevic [Bill Clinton, D]
2003, Iraq, Saddam Hussein [George Bush, R]
Conclusion and Questions
In addition to assassination attempts, the USA has interfered in many countries elections also. See histories of US and other countries mutual interference attempts here.
All this must be kept in mind when we hear others speak scandalously about Russian attempts at interfering in US elections. But what should our response be? Here are just some ways of taking in all this info. What is your way?
- Those are all lies about the USA, we are a righteous country
- Well, shit, we all do it, I don’t care
- Well, we best be involved too because others do it.
- This is horrible, nobody should do it. We must strive to live without any violence. The US should lead with and adherence to non-interference.
- God, I hate the world and welcome Armageddon, The purging by Kalki or whatever your favorite apocalypse is called.
- Every country lies — I don’t believe US propaganda any more than any other but I still feel there is better and worse ways to live that are worth protecting and if breaking the rules is needed, well …
- many more…. but what is your view?
While it is deplorable for a US presidential candidate to conspire with a foreign government to interfere with US elections to get him or her in power, we don’t want to use that as an excuse to forget how deeply nasty world governments are in general, the American government included.