US imperial lawlessness

Oxford Dictionaries call rogue states “nations or states 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 lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog at sjlendman.blogspot.com . Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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2 Responses to US imperial lawlessness

  1. No such evidence on the “Russian card” being played rather loosely, and from the more reliable alternative sources Obama is trying to criminalize.

    CIA corruption runs US foreign policy and faked mainstream “news.”

    FAKE NEWS on Russia Hacking

    Earlier accusations changed, Reuters saying three unnamed US officials now claim “Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks through a third party.”

    The earlier version accused Russia of directly interfering in America’s election process, hacking the DNC, helping Trump defeat Hillary.

    No evidence suggests Moscow interfered in the election process of any country, or rigged its own to assure Putin’s triumph.

    His overwhelming popularity speaks for itself. Russians want no one else leading them. If he runs again in 2018, he’ll be reelected easily, as things now stand.

    According to Reuters, unnamed US officials “declined to describe the intelligence obtained about the involvement of a third-party in passing on leaked material to WikiLeaks, saying they did not want to reveal how the US government had obtained the information” – code language for nothing credible to release.

    It’s fake news like virtually everything else denigrating Russia, ludicrously calling it “an existential threat,” hyping nonexistent “Russian aggression,” – disgraceful fear-mongering to justify bloated military spending at a time America’s only enemies are ones it invents.

    — quoted material from Global Research article

    Our so-called intelligence community is corrupt (Clapper has already lied to Congress, Congress is fooling itself, and a corrupt DNC rigged the election for Hillary.
    Republicans are corrupt as well, as obstructionists to find ways to suppress and deny minority votes and rights.
    Add Wasserman and the DNC’s skullduggary and we have quite a mess on our hands.
    God help us!

  2. John Dennis Roberts

    At the end of the day the US political system is policed by a collection of intelligence agencies answerable to none but themselves whose self-appointed mission is protecting the corporate-industrial and banking families who in turn are in overall charge of a grossly inequitable, largely western dominated economic system that they played no small hand in creating, a system that is now, after more than half a century, collapsing under its own contradictions as other players come on the scene and compete for a greater share of the pie.