As a student of American History, I’m well aware that the rose-colored glasses our elementary, secondary and high school teachers would have us view our country through might not be founded in reality.
Just for example, we study the Mexican War and resulting annexation of the western third of our territory as if Mexico did something to start that war. But the sorry fact is the USA busted an imperialistic move on a weak nation secure in the knowledge that Mexico would capitulate and American would annex California in the deal. And leave us not talk about how the invading hordes of European immigrants who would become citizens of the USA treated native Americans. We all know about that.
So anyway…I recently read “Fact and Fears,” an autobiography written by JAMES CLAPPER, ex-Director of National Intelligence. Plowing through 400 pages of acronyms and alphabet soup was not all that easy. Clapper is a marine general whose prose doesn’t read like J.D. Salinger’s or Bill Bryson’s. But I kept at it in the interest of enlightenment and found a nugget of gold for my effort.
Like Clapper, I’m of the opinion that there is no doubt that the Russians meddled in the US election process – and just might have successfully swung the election sufficiently to change the outcome. But what had not risen to a conscious level in my mind is that election-meddling is certainly not the exclusive province of Vladimir Putin. In fact, the Unites States has not been just election-meddling in the past 50 years – but outright engineering regime changes in countries whose citizenry may or may not approve of that meddling. (Think Pinochet and Hussein.)
And I have to wonder…on what moral ground does the USA stand when issuing complaints about the Russians engineering the election of Donald Trump? And when does somebody stand up and say “Hey! We elected this inexperienced egomaniac! Stop blaming the Russians. Blame yourselves. The Russians didn’t stuff the ballot box. You voted for this dude of your own free will!”
One thing I’ve learned passing through the federal meat grinder is that you have to own your mistakes and offenses. You can’t say “Why you fucking with me? Go after somebody who actually hurt somebody!” And as a mature adult, I accept that concept. Maybe it’s time for the USA as a nation to do likewise. Stop blaming the Russians for doing exactly what you’ve been doing all along (election-meddling). Own your stupidity and hypocrisy. For if you don’t, you’re bound to repeat it in the future.