US Imperial Lawlessness
by Stephen Lendman
Oxford Dictionaries call rogue states “nation(s) or state(s) regarded as breaking international law and posing a threat to the security of other nations.”
They ruthless pursue domestic and geopolitical aims, ignore rule of law principles, defile democratic values, and trample on the rights of others.
America is the world’s leading practitioner of policies causing more harm to more people than any other regime in world history.
In his books and articles, William Blum explained Washington’s sordid post-WW II history, saying it’s “worse than you imagine.”
“If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy (throughout) the past century, this is what crawls out:”
“invasions, bombings, (subversion), overthrowing governments, suppressing (popular) movements for social change, assassinating political leaders, perverting elections, manipulating labor unions, manufacturing ‘news,’ death squads, torture, (chemical), biological (and nuclear) warfare, (radiological contamination), drug trafficking, mercenaries,” and overall war on humanity at home and abroad.
“It is enough to give imperialism a bad name,” said Blum. US policy intimidates, threatens and otherwise pressures other nations to obey Washington rules or else.
It interferes in the internal affairs of virtually all other countries, including their elections, wanting US subservient ones in power, independent ones targeted for regime change by color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, assassinations or imperial wars.
Since WW II, it sought regime change successfully and unsuccessfully in over 50 countries, in most cases democratic ones.
It terror-bombed more than 30 nations, naked aggression against ones posing no threat to America. It assassinated or attempted to assassinate over four dozen foreign leaders.
It targeted populist or nationalist movements in 20 countries. According to political scientist Dov Levin, Washington tried influencing presidential election outcomes over 80 times between 1946 and 2000 - since then in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere.
The number excludes military coups and regime change efforts in Iran, Guatemala, Chile and against other countries. Levin defines intervention to mean “costly act(s) designed to determine the election results” in favor of one side over others.
Actions most often are pursued covertly by disinformation or other type propaganda campaigns, directly aiding one side against others, making public pronouncements or threats against unwanted candidates, and using foreign aid as a political tool or weapon in cases where it’s withdrawn.
WikiLeaks exposed US interference in France’s 2012 election. It released documents, revealing months of spying on all major French political party candidates.
It continued after Francois Hollande’s triumph. Edward Snowden connected the dots for millions about the NSA’s vast global spying operation.
It's for political and economic advantage, to be one up on foreign competitors, and for information used advantageously in trade, geopolitical, and military relations.
It’s largely unrelated to protecting national security at a time when America’s only enemies are ones it invents - not Russia, China, Iran, other countries, or terrorist groups it created and supports.
Double-standard hypocrisy defines US policy, falsely accusing other nations of actions its imperial agenda pursues - including trying to influence the outcomes of elections in numerous countries, one of many high crimes it commits.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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