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Old 07-21-2017, 02:28 AM
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I find the chest-beating in the US about how sinister Russia attempted to influence the sacred election process in our country to be the signal flare of people unversed in US history and foreign policy- do they know our government historically has been much more active than Russia in attempting to influence the outcome of foreign elections?
The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries- LA Times Dec 2016:
The U.S. has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries – it’s done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University.

That number doesn’t include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn’t like, notably those in Iran, Guatemala and Chile. Nor does it include general assistance with the electoral process, such as election monitoring.

Levin defines intervention as “a costly act which is designed to determine the election results [in favor of] one of the two sides.” These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation or propaganda, training locals of only one side in various campaigning or get-out-the-vote techniques, helping one side design their campaign materials, making public pronouncements or threats in favor of or against a candidate, and providing or withdrawing foreign aid.
I don't want Russia influencing our elections. But it might make the US look a hair less hypocritical to stop doing this ourselves, or else acknowledge that this is what a number of nations do as a matter of course, including the US.
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