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AMERICA, RUSSIA, AND MODERN REGIME CHANGE

 

America is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to interfering with other countries’ elections and, in particular, engaging in “old school” regime change, i.e., replacing another country’s government by means of military force.   Stephen Kinzer summarized America’s regime change history as follows:  “…The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons.  

...Throughout the twentieth century and into the beginning of the twenty-first, the United States repeatedly used its military power, and that of its clandestine services, to overthrow governments that refused to protect American interests. Each time, it cloaked its intervention in the rhetoric of national security and liberation. In most cases, however, it acted mainly for economic reasons — specifically, to establish, promote, and defend the right of Americans to do business around the world without interference.”  (Stephen Kinzer, 2006, Overthrow: Americas’ Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq).

Blinded by self-interest, and with no shame regarding professing to be the standard bearer of democracy but uninhibitedly overthrowing democratically elected leaders, America’s regime changes often produced negative unintended consequences --so much so that there is more than a plausible argument that America created what it now calls “radical Islamists.”  Consider, for example, Iraq and Iran.   

In 1953, America and Britain engaged in regime change against Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq.  Lust for Iranian oil, not love of democracy, motivated the coup d'état.  The West’s newly installed Iranian leadership became so oppressive that it led to the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Notwithstanding America’s efforts to constrain Iran, as Tim Arango indicated in his July 16, 2017 New York Times article, the unintended result of regime change in Iraq was to enable Iran to become the dominant force in Iraq  --that outcome after “…about 4000 Americans lost lives, (and) more than $1 trillion spent.”  Notwithstanding this folly, current attack dogs Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton have advocated that the United States again pursue “old school” regime change (See Eric Peolofsky, Newsweek, June 27, 2017 and Michael Crowley, Politico, June 25, 2017)

Repeatedly, America has overthrown democratically elected leaders, replaced them with right wing dictatorial leaders, and left the countries in turmoil.  For example, regarding the Congo in 1961, Andy Piascik, (www.ctpost.com, June 23rd, 2013) indicated, “Three months after Patrice Lumumba became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly-independent Congo, the U.S. helped overthrow his government.  …Soon thereafter began the murderous reign of Mobutu Sese Soku, who also embezzled billions of dollars, much of it ‘aid’ from U.S. taxpayers, though successive American presidents were happy to look the other way because he ensured Western business elites easy access to the Congo’s vast resources;” Piascik also took note of nefarious American regime changes such as those that took place in Brazil (1964), Argentina (1976), Venezuela (2002), Haiti (2004), and Honduras (2009).

It might well be that the current “Russian matter” is a sign of “the chickens coming home to roost, albeit by way of a modern form of regime change.  Instead of the old school military coup, we could be in the midst of a modern cyberwarfare induced regime change which, among other things, makes use of illusions, delusions, alternative facts and other forms of deception.  In the immediate instance, Russia took control of the person they desired to be the President and then used dirty tricks to get the electorate to support “Putin’s Poodle.”  Craig Unger (July 13, 2017, New Republic) summarized the matter as follows: 

“…Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States…”

With Russia firmly in control of its candidate for President, many American citizens then “drank the kool aid” because they thought “Putin’s Poodle” would “make America great again.”   Instead, we are in the midst of internal chaos and international embarrassment having elected a President unfit to serve.  If you think this is mere conspiracy theory, then consider the following.

The world laughed at America as the recent “G-20 Summit” became the “G-19 Summit” because POTUS 45 withdrew from the scientifically supported Paris climate agreement.   International friends were left aghast when POTUS 45 abandoned the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.   Going rapidly is America’s role as world leader.  Rising rapidly is Russia. 

At home and abroad, the new regime is viewed as pathetic when POTUS 45 disagrees with all of America’s intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia interfered with the recent Presidential election.  Instead, he states that it might be the case and, in any event, he wanted to move on, in part, by having joint cyber security operations with Russia.  

In terms of domestic chaos, the mere tip of the iceberg is manifested by POTUS 45 and so many key members of his posse having hired personal lawyers to represent them on Russian related matters and, by the way, they are using campaign dollars to pay their legal fees.   Lies upon lies have been told but still the liars have top security clearance. 

How more chaotic can it get than, after 7 years of Republicans calling for the repeal and replacement of “Obama Care,” the Republican Congress cannot agree among themselves on a piece of health care legislation?  During President Obama’s administration, we had an obstructionist (and in my opinion, racist) “do nothing” Republican led Congress.  A half year after the Russian engineered regime change in America, we have a “can’t do anything” Republican Congress and President.

Eugene Washington correctly wrote, “This country deserves much better than Trump” given that “…We have a president — was he made in Russia? — who has declared this to be ‘Made in America’ week, despite the fact that so many of the retail products that bear his name or that of his daughter Ivanka are made in Mexico, China, Indonesia and Bangladesh…” (Washington Post, July 17, 2017).   The only remaining question is, will we the people in 2018 begin to undo what Russia has done?

 

Jack L. Daniel (pictured above)

Co-Founder, Freed Panther Society

Pittsburgh Urban Media Contributor

 

July 19, 2017

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