What is the difference between the behavior of the United States, which remains far and away the single worst offender in foreign election meddling on the planet, and what Russia is accused of having done in 2016?
According to a comment made by former CIA Director James Woolsey last year, it's that the U.S. interferes in foreign democracies,
And that's really the only argument that empire loyalists have going for them on this subject.
The U.S. is different because the U.S. has 'moral authority.'
It's okay for the U.S. to continue to interfere in the political affairs of foreign nations while it would be an unforgivable and outrageous "act of war" for a nation like Russia to do the exact same thing, because the U.S. is countering the interests of the Bad Guys while Russia is countering the interests of the Good Guys.
Who decided who the 'Good Guys' and 'Bad Guys' are in this argument? The U.S...
This "What we do is good because we're the Good Guys" faith-based doctrine was regurgitated with full-throated zealotry in a recent speech given by Pompeo in Cairo, in which he cited "America's innate goodness" in making the absolutely ridiculous claim that,
America's nonstop deadly interventionism in the Middle East is "good", because America is "innately good".
America's constant military interventionism, election interference and other nastiness are painted as Good Things done by Good Guys to fight the Bad Guys.
The argument, when you boil it right down, is that if America wasn't constantly,
...the Bad Guys might win.
Sort of makes you wonder who the Bad Guys really are, huh...?
The theme of Good Guys fighting Bad Guys resonates with a population that has been raised for generations on,
...but it doesn't accurately reflect the reality we actually live in.
Our world is dominated by extremely powerful people who are motivated not out of interest in good or evil but a drive toward power and profit which is completely disinterested in morality of any kind, and the empires they build for themselves have their foundations on the backs of ordinary people who are just trying to get by.
The majority of those extremely powerful people either live in the United States or have formed alliances with U.S. power structures, and all their agendas in,
...and elsewhere have nothing to do with "protecting democracy" or being a "force of good", and everything to do with amassing more power.
Even among those who recognize that the U.S.-centralized empire isn't a shining beacon of virtue in our world, the notion remains prevalent that if American power ceases to be a unipolar dominator then someone worse will take over the world.
This fear-based mindset ultimately underlies all establishment manipulation and all educated support for it:
But what are the fruits of this mindset?
We can't keep doing this. We literally can't... We'll evolve beyond this fear-based dominator paradigm or we'll all perish beneath its feet very soon.
We are now in a position where our irrational fear of being invaded by China has pushed us to the brink of extinction, so it isn't even a gamble to step off that train and try something else instead.
Either way, the train we're on is headed for a brick wall, so we've now got nothing to lose by stepping off...