Coups, Regime Change, Oh My

I have tried to point out that Venezuela is NOT our first rodeo with regime change or military coups…..we can look at Iran, Chile as examples….but it did not stop with those two…..

The US has been involved in the practice of “regime change” in over 81 countries since 1946…..that is 81 countries……

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.

In 59% of these cases, the side that received assistance came to power, although Levin estimates the average effect of “partisan electoral interventions” to be only about a 3% increase in vote share

As pointed out in the report….the US is not alone…..

Russia attempted to sway 36 foreign elections from the end of World War II to the turn of the century – meaning that, in total, at least one of the two great powers of the 20th century intervened in about 1 of every 9 competitive, national-level executive elections in that time period.

For the MSM and the US to be outraged by the Russian interference in the 2016 elections is just hypocritical….the US has a long history of not accepting the outcome of some elections and has worked to overthrow duly elected leaders.

My grandfather use to tell me….”When you point remember that there are three other fingers pointing at you”……a smart man  my grandfather.

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