As The Media Focuses On Russia, Government’s Own Data Shows US Interfered In 81 Elections

By Claire Bernish

Ask an average American who makes a habit of following government-mouthpiece corporate media about interference in national elections and you’ll likely elicit a nebulous response concerning Russian hackers and a plan to install Donald Trump in the White House — but you probably won’t hear a single syllable pertaining to United States government’s actual attempts to do the same.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time publicly that the bureau is officially investigating hotly contentious allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election — but, even if proven true, such geopolitical escapades better characterize the routine behavior of accuser than of accused.

“The F.B.I., as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election,” the director announced, adding the bureau would conduct a probe to discern whether Trump’s associates had contact with Russian officials.

Despite that the U.S. has hypocritically exerted influence over foreign elections in all corners of the globe — in fact, it has arrogantly done so a whopping 81 times between 1946 and 2000, alone — with just one-third of those operations undertaken overtly.

For months, mainstream media parroted murky accusations hurled by politicians — keen to point a finger of blame for the apparently stultifying victory of a former reality television host on someone — that The Russians had somehow surreptitiously undermined the election-centric foundation of American Democracy.

While that has yet to prove true, this new Red Scare constitutes a duplicitous attempt by the pot to call the kettle … an election meddler.

Researcher Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy — an expert on the topic at hand — discussed the lengthy but incomplete list of times the U.S. government has interfered in other nations’ elections with NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

Asked for examples where this tampering tangibly altered results, Levin stated,

One example of that was our intervention in Serbia, Yugoslavia in the 2000 election there. Slobodan Milosevic was running for re-election, and we didn’t want him to stay in power there due to his tendency, you know, to disrupt the Balkans and his human rights violations.

So we intervened in various ways for the opposition candidate, Vojislav Kostunica. And we gave funding to the opposition, and we gave them training and campaigning aide. And according to my estimate, that assistance was crucial in enabling the opposition to win.

Levin reiterated the more blatant methods with which the U.S. asserts dominance — through the overt coups or all-out regime changes branding the nation a notorious interventionist — are not among the list of the 80-plus attempts to manipulate the electoral outcome.

As for the issue of pot versus kettle, Levin explained that — although Russia and other powerful nations indisputably employ similar tactics — the United States has been quite prodigious in its effort.

Well, for my dataset, the United States is the most common user of this technique. Russia or the Soviet Union since 1945 has used it half as much. My estimate has been 36 cases between 1946 to 2000. We know also that the Chinese have used this technique and the Venezuelans when the late Hugo Chavez was still in power in Venezuela and other countries.

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As sanctimoniously as U.S. politicians cry foul about The Russians, it would behoove the new McCarthyites to reflect on the nation’s sticky imperialist fingerprints around the globe — like that time in 1996, when the United States undertook an extensive, secret operation to ensure the presidency of Boris Yeltsin.

That is, of course, former President Boris Yeltsin — of the Russian Federation.

Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


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8 Comments on "As The Media Focuses On Russia, Government’s Own Data Shows US Interfered In 81 Elections"

  1. Sheeple, you have it all wrong. If the US of A does it it is OK but other countries cannot rig or meddle in elections. What the US of A does is always right, no matter how many people we murder or countries we destroy

  2. “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
    – Joseph Stalin

    TPTB are cranking up the dysfunction and their circus antics to disgust the public with “democracy”. They also want us to torpedo our Constitution!

    • Someone said :
      “The patriot movements are succeeding brillantly at the one thing they are designed to do, unbeknowst to their members – waste everyone’s time and energy steering them into a dead end. They are allowed to “flourish” and are financed precisely because they can never succeed in creating meaningful change.”

      In politics nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can be sure it was planned that way. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, US-President

  3. The US government is nothing if not grossly hypocritical. It can dish it out but can’t take it when the worm turns.

  4. And, I would imagine the Obama/ Rivkin project is still ongoing in the VERY CORRUPT
    Department of State even though Rivkin, himself, is gone from State…..in that behemoth, evil always goes on “ad infinitum”. Rivkin’s goal was to destroy the
    sovereignty of France via Muslim/Multiculturalism indoctrination – just as the Muslim Brotherhood/Barrack Obama alliance is doing to the USA.

  5. Yeah, but we were bringing them democracy.

  6. The American media interfered with US elections. They are the ones who tried to manipule its outcome.

  7. THe media tried to manipulate the elections. There is a blog post titled “Reuters Article Continues Media Cover-up” It shows evidence that the media was trying to control US elections.

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