The Dastardly Russians Are Tampering with Our Democratic Elections! 2/2

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During the Italian election campaign of 1948 the US extended and refined their menu of dirty tricks. They covertly financed the right-wing Christian Democrats and mounted elaborate media campaigns to discredit the left. American corporations spent millions of dollars to keep the Communists and Socialists out of power. This subversion of democratic elections was justified in the name of “saving democracy” in Italy. Eventually the communists made a modest comeback in Italian politics, thanks only to massive popular support.

The case of Greece was far worse. Beginning in the period 1946-49 the United States joined in the Greek civil war on the side of the neo-fascists against the Greek left, who had been the Americans’ loyal allies and reliable resistance fighters against the Nazis during the World War. The fascists won with American help and went on to become the dreaded “Greek colonels” regime which ruled with an iron fist between 1967 and 1974 until relieved under the pressure of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The fall of the junta was followed by the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic. The script for this grotesque nearly three-decade-long clown show was the familiar one: left-wing patriots liberate their country with US support; then the Americans turn on them and hand the country over to “reliable” fascists. American aversion to collectivist governments and enthusiasm for tutored right-wing dictatorships know no ends.

Asia Does Not Get Off Easy

The direction and ferocity of American intervention in Korea after the Second World War was no surprise. They suppressed Korean progressive elements who had been allies during the war in favor of ultra-conservatives who had collaborated with the Japanese, thus derailing the best possibilities of unifying the country. (They saw the possibilities for strategic US bases in Asia. There are still 30,000 US troops along the 38th parallel.) This suffocating of the left gave rise to a long series of corrupt, reactionary governments and, eventually the American-stimulated Korean War, laden with injustices, war crimes, not to mention American dead and wounded. Korea remains divided today and, not surprisingly, the United States continues to frustrate reunification.

Not to Bore You More, Here’s a Quick List

Blum’s book details many more cases of American interference in other people’s countries by means of propaganda, clandestine financing, bombing, assassinations and outright invasions. Their modus operandi is essentially the same in all cases, with varying degrees of ferocity. I don’t want to bore you, so I’ll just register the list here and let you google them yourself (or, better yet, buy the book):

  • Marshall Islands, 1946-58
  • Albania, 1949-53
  • Eastern Europe, 1948-56
  • Germany, 1950s
  • Iran, 1953
  • Guatemala, 1953-1990s
  • Costa Rica, mid-1950s-1971
  • Middle East, 1956-58
  • Indonesia, 1957-58
  • Haiti, 1959
  • Western Europe, 1950s-60s
  • British Guiana/Guyana, 1953-64
  • Iraq, 1958-63 to the present
  • Soviet Union, 1940s-1960s
  • Vietnam, 1945-73
  • Cambodia, 1955-73
  • Laos, 1957-73
  • Thailand, 1965-73
  • Ecuador, 1960-63
  • The Congo/Zaire, 1977-78
  • France/Algeria, 1960s
  • Brazil, 1961-64
  • Peru, 1965
  • Dominican Republic, 1963-65
  • Cuba, 1959 to the present
  • Indonesia, 1965
  • Ghana, 1966
  • Uruguay, 1969-72
  • Chile, 1964-73
  • South Africa, 1960s-1980s
  • Bolivia, 1964-75
  • Australia, 1972-75
  • Portugal, 1974-76
  • East Timor, 1975-99
  • Angola, 1975-1980s
  • Jamaica, 1976
  • Honduras, 1980sç
  • Nicaragua, 1978-90
  • Philippines, 1970s-1990s
  • Seychelles, 1979-81
  • South Yemen, 1979-84
  • South Korea, 1980
  • Chad, 1981-82
  • Grenada, 1979-83
  • Suriname, 1982-84
  • Libya, 1981-89 and afterward
  • Fiji, 1987
  • Panama, 1989
  • Afghanistan, 1979-92 and afterward
  • El Salvador, 1980-92
  • Haiti, 1987-94
  • Bulgaria, 1990-91
  • Albania, 1991-92
  • Somalia, 1993
  • Peru, 1990s-present
  • Mexico, 1990s-present
  • Colombia, 1990s-present
  • Yugoslavia, 1995-99

This is just to cite the most egregious examples… There are more.

How Does a Great Country Justify This Cruel and Unusual Behavior?

In the first place, the US government has never felt that they had to “justify” anything. They are, after all, Americans and, as God made them exceptional, they owe no explanations to anyone. This conviction of American exceptionalism is just as fatuous as “manifest destiny” or delivering democracy with Cruise missiles, but in the United States it passes for gospel.

What might be considered war crimes or crimes against humanity by less illuminated unfortunates, looks like mere business as usual to the top ranks of American democracy. Not only is it legitimate, it’s actually profitable for American corporations. Who could object to that?

Who’s Going to Propose a Remedy?

Recent US governments have been impressed by the fact that theirs is the most powerful country on in the world. That may be true; they are certainly well armed. But they seem to lose sight of three relevant facts:

  1. The United States is not the only powerful country on earth.
  2. They were equally well armed in Viet Nam, in Afghanistan and in Iraq.
  3. They have never had a commander in chief with the unique set of disqualifications embodied by President Donald Trump.

These examples of non-victories and leadership limitations remind us that there’s an element of hubris in American attitudes toward little countries with rich natural resources and/or strategic locations.  What comes after hubris? It will be interesting to see how that plays out next time.

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The Dastardly Russians Are Tampering with Our Democratic Elections! 1/2

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It’s Them Pesky Russkies Again

The United States is up in arms against Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Council on Foreign Relations affirmed shortly afterward that “foreign power interference” in the election had grave national security implications that touched off multiple federal inquiries questioning the security of the U.S. electoral process. The Council expressed fears that a rival power could influence an election’s results. That “rival power,” they maintained, was Russia.

The CFR is not alone. The CIA, FBI, and NSA issued a joint statement affirming that the Russian government conducted a “sophisticated campaign” to influence the 2016 election. According to the American intelligence establishment, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the effort in order to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and undermine the U.S. democratic process. “Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” a declassified version of the 2016 report said. Russia denied these allegations.

Writing for The New Yorker,  Masha Gessen, National Book Award winner in 2017, casts some doubt on the official version of the election interference, affirming that Russian election hanky-panky, though it apparently existed, was more of a cacophony than a conspiracy, amateurish and unfocused, with virtually no impact on the election results.

In Any Case, Don’t Worry, the United States Still Leads the World in Manipulation of Other People’s Elections, Governments and Lives

Though most Americans might not notice, this latest election-tampering brouhaha comes accompanied by a generous dish of house-specialty hypocrisy, insofar as no other country in the world has promoted, sponsored, financed or organized so much election tampering and “regime change” around the world since the Second World War as the United States of America.

Just for the record, I want to list here some of the most flagrant examples of U.S. American interference in other people’s governments. The source of this material is an absolutely-necessary book written by William Blum and published in the year 2000 called Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower. It’s necessary because it shines an authoritative light on issues and events that the American establishment– the government, the corporate media, and the military-industrial complex–has no interest in disseminating. Blum’s book, meticulously footnoted and indexed, with places, names and dates, is the best source I know of for this information (except his other book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II), expressed clearly and dispassionately.

The List of Beneficiaries of US Intervention Is a Long One

Let’s approach this list of victims of United States’ geo-meddling chronologically, starting with China, 1945. With the war against Japan recently concluded the U.S. jumped into the Chinese civil war on the side of Chiang-Kai-shek’s Nationalists against the Communist forces of Mao Tse Tung, even though Mao hade been a more valuable and loyal ally than Chiang in the fight against the Japanese in China. In fact, the United States employed Japanese troops against Mao, an expedient decision as the Japanese were handily still in China after their 1937 invasion. The Chinese adventure, in which the United States provided Chiang with heavy arms and aircraft, and supplied his armies by parachute drops from American planes, was to set a pattern for later CIA interventions in sovereign nations around the world.

This was a time when the CIA was still the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), under Allen Dulles, the notorious cold warrior/geo-meddler. Just the introductory paragraph of Dulles’s Wikipedia biography will give you an idea of his style.

Allen Welsh Dulles; (April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état, Operation Ajax (the overthrow of Iran’s elected government), the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission.

Liberated from the Nazis, Europe Receives American “Aid”

In 1947 it was France’s turn. Many (most?) of the heroic members of the French resistance were Communists, including many Spanish, who were valuable allies of the Americans during the Second World War. Nevertheless, the United States went to extreme lengths to deprive them of any post-war participation in the French government. Their efforts were many and various: financing the Socialist Party, the Communists’ principal electoral adversaries; sending American Federation of Labor (AFL) experts to subvert the Communists’ dominance of French labor unions; sponsoring gangs of Corsican thugs to bust up Communist strikes, burn down their offices and beat up and murder party members and strikers… The coup de grace was refusing much-needed aid to France until they had dismissed all their Communist government ministers.

The US Brings Democracy to the Mediterranean

Italy was next on the Americans’ list of countries to be “corrected.” Before the 1948 elections the US forced the Italian government to rid itself of its Communist and Socialist cabinet members in order to receive American economic aid. With all the countries in Europe devastated physically and economically, this deny-aid card was successfully played all over Europe. One suspects that the US-British “special relationship” dates from this time.

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