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On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time publicly the bureau is officially investigating hotly contentious allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election - but, even if proven true, such geopolitical escapades better characterize the routine behavior of accuser than of accused.
Despite that the U.S. has hypocritically exerted influence over foreign elections in all corners of the globe - in fact, it has arrogantly done so a whopping 81 times between 1946 and 2000, alone (When the Great Power Gets a Vote - The Effects of Great Power Electoral Interventions on Election Results) - with just one-third of those operations undertaken overtly.
For months, mainstream media parroted murky accusations hurled by politicians - keen to point a finger of blame for the apparently stultifying victory of a former reality television host on someone - that The Russians had somehow surreptitiously undermined the election-centric foundation of American Democracy.
While that has yet to prove true, this new Red Scare constitutes a duplicitous attempt by the pot to call the kettle… an election meddler.
Researcher Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy - an expert on the topic at hand - discussed the lengthy but incomplete list of times the U.S. government has interfered in other nations' elections with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
Asked for examples where this tampering tangibly altered results, Levin stated,
Levin reiterated the more blatant methods with which the U.S. asserts dominance - through the overt coups or all-out regime changes branding the nation a notorious interventionist - are not among the list of the 80-plus attempts to manipulate the electoral outcome.
As for the issue of pot versus kettle, Levin explained that - although Russia and other powerful nations indisputably employ similar tactics - the United States has been quite prodigious in its effort.
As sanctimoniously as U.S. politicians cry foul about The Russians, it would behoove the new McCarthyites to reflect on the nation's sticky imperialist fingerprints around the globe - like that time in 1996, when the United States undertook an extensive, secret operation to ensure the presidency of Boris Yeltsin.
That is, of course, former President Boris Yeltsin - of the Russian Federation.