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  • Election-Meddling Follies, 1945-2019
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Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists
  • Related: US Foreign Policy is Nothing But Greedy Bullies Conducting Warfare Against the Whole Planet. 


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May 21, 2019 | In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, “a couple of Facebook ads” or, as the Mueller report described it, “the Russian government interfer[ing]... in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

But let me mention just a few of the things that we didn’t learn from the Mueller report. We didn’t learn that Russian agents appeared at Republican Party headquarters in 2016 with millions of dollars in donations to influence the coming election. (Oops, my mistake!  That was CIA agents in the Italian election of 1948!) We didn’t learn that a Russian intelligence agency in combination with Chinese intelligence, aided by a major Chinese oil company, overthrew an elected U.S. president and installed Donald Trump in the White House as their autocrat of choice. (Oops, my mistake again! That was the CIA, dispatched by an American president, and British intelligence, with the help of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, later BP. In 1953, they overthrew Mohammad Mossadegh, the elected prime minister of Iran, and installed the young Shah as an autocratic ruler, the very first -- but hardly the last -- time the CIA successfully ousted a foreign government.)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/images/managed/engelhardt_photo_160.gif / Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs TomDispatch.com and is a fellow of the Type Media Center. His sixth and latest book is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

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US Foreign Policy is Nothing But Greedy Bullies Conducting Warfare Against the Whole Planet. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpgPart 1: The United States of Greed and Bullies
  • We will never be great, strong, or even human until we have left the ways of greed and bullies behind.
  • Part 2: US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet.
  • In order to get away with that audacious malignancy, US foreign policy has had to become, by necessity, one giant relentlesspsy-ops of lies and distortions.

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