Did you know U.S. has long history of election tampering?

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All the Democrats including Hillary and Obama, are outraged that Trump won the election and blame it all on the Russians for interfering. But did you know that Dov Levin, of Carnegie Mellon University, has recorded 81 times that the U.S. has influenced elections in other countries. He emphasizes that this count does not even include U.S.-backed coups. He further remarked that, during his research, he discovered the U.S. had been involved in meddling in other countries’ elections twice as often as Russia.

Because the U.S has been involved in so many coups in Latin America, the following joke is often repeated: Why has there never been a coup in the United States? Answer: Because there’s no U.S. embassy in Washington, D.C.

Obama, Hillary and others have strongly criticized Bush for deposing Saddam Hussein and forcing the regime change. However, do you remember that Obama and Hillary did the same in Libya? Obama does not seem to accept the fact that this has been a mistake. He merely says they did not adequately plan for the postwar scenario. He further commented that this lack of planning was his “worst mistake” and pronounced Libya a “mess.”

Do you also remember that Obama and Hillary influenced a coup in Ukraine, which also has not had a desirable outcome? Since the Ukrainian president was replaced by a pro-Western administration, backed by the U.S., there has been nothing but chaos in the country. Putin, concerned about Western influence in his front yard, fought back. He now controls Crimea and has supported a rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Libya is not the only mess.

Do you remember the Obama administration influencing the overthrow of an American and Israel friendly Mubarak in Egypt? Even though the election was perceived by the Obama administration, as a “step toward democracy,” it resulted in the new Morsi government attempting to establish Sharia Law. This was followed by a military coup to circumvent the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to do just that.

The Islamic State has released a ten-point document explaining how democracy and Sharia law contradict each other. Is there any surprise about this declaration?

Did you read that the famous Harvard Law Professor and once supporter of Hillary and Obama, Allan Dershowitz, recently said, “History will see President Obama as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever?” He further affirmed that Obama told him, “He would always have Israel’s back…” “I didn’t realize what he meant was: he would have Israel’s back so he could stab them in the back.”

It has been no secret that Obama has no respect for Netanyahu. He snubbed him when he was invited to speak to a joint session of Congress.The message to Israel was that if they voted for Netanyahu, Israel would pay a price. What has been that price? The U.S and Israeli relations have been poorer than with any other American administration since Israel’s inception on May 14, 1948. It also included an Obama supported vote against Israel at the UN.

Did you know Judicial Watch has recently obtained records revealing Obama’s ambassador to Macedonia, Jessie Baily, has been colluding with George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) in spending millions of American dollars to destabilize their conservative, democratically elected government? Judicial Watch says this action by Obama’s Ambassador, who has yet to be replaced, “violates the Vienna convention on DiplomaticRelations.”

And here at home, democrats are frantically trying to find proof that there was a Putin-Trump collusion influencing our own election. Is this all a little duplicitous or even hypocritical for the U.S. to be vigorously criticizing other countries for interfering in our elections, even calling it an act of war, when we have a very long history of meddling in elections all over the globe? Oh, by the way, we even attempted to influence Russian elections in 1996, when we, with the help of the IMF, financially backed Boris Yeltsin.

Even though many past U.S. administrations may have at times felt it a worthy cause to influence other countries’ elections or participate in coups, they very often have not achieved desired outcomes.

Trump seemed to recognize these failures when he said, “We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments.”

It just doesn’t feel quite as good when others try to do the same thing to us. Right?

Lester Still is a resident of Kalispell.

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