By David Harrison
President Obama's recent decision to investigate the results of their latest, national election proclaiming 'interference' by outside countries smacks of irony, hypocrisy, and a double-standard.
The fact that Donald Trump has emerged as the President-elect, much to the consternation of the Democrats and a large portion of the American public, has President Obama and high-level Democrats wondering what went wrong and what effect cyber wars may have played in the downfall of their 'star' candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Such a probe would exclude the negative effects of Hillary's downfall to Hillary herself, her miscreant husband, Bill, the errors and misjudgements of the Democratic campaign chairman, and Hillary's campaign staff in general. All the aforementioned took a toll on the election result but the greatest criticism - to deflect responsibility from their own shortcomings - is being directed at 'possible' cyber interference by outside, internet hackers. The root causes of the Democratic failure are being avoided altogether.
If hackers were directly responsible for Hillary's loss, then it is obvious that the world has entered a new phase of 'Cyber Wars', to the effect that we have never seen before - and to which we can expect more of the same in the future. But, it should also be noted that Americans would be guilty of the greatest naivety to imagine that American, government hackers have not done the same elsewhere in the past.
A healthy sum of the American government's budget money goes to various, espionage branches and particularly Black Ops which definitely includes internet interference in an effort to spread misinformation and 'source it' - along with the blame - to other countries.
In a recent news story, a California college professor openly proclaimed - in a classroom rant - that the election of Donald Trump was, in fact, an act of "terrorism". Many Americans, of course, would agree, but this begs the question: how should the rest of the world then interpret America's involvements and interference in countries like Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria etc. where America openly pursued 'regime-change', has planted agent provocateurs, and have supported a host of dubious rebel groups to overthrow political regimes and to eliminate leaders (physically and permanently) in various parts of the world? Is this not political interference and terrorism on the grandest of scales?
Iraq and Saddam Hussein were a prime example where America openly warred with that country and its leader to the loss of over 200,000 lives, the total destruction of that country's infrastructure, and the displacement of over 600,000 Iraqis. In the end, nothing was achieved except to install corrupt regimes promoting American foreign policy and producing civil wars between Shiites and Sunnis.
In Cuba during the early Castro years, Americans made dozens of attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro but failed every time. America is supposedly a god-fearing country, but they have no qualms about murdering any leader of any country - or anyone else for that matter - who dares to stand up and speak the truth about the activities of their country and government.
Now that Hillary Clinton - America's golden girl - has lost the national election which Democrats, the general population, the media, Hillary's campaign staff, and Hillary herself, thought would be a 'cake walk', they immediately began looking for scapegoats. And, if they could not blame themselves, the blame would have to fall upon others outside of their own country.
America has always taken pride in having free and fair elections but when this election did not turn out to their satisfaction someone else must be blamed. Furthermore, America has always decried any interference in their national elections, but they have interfered in more elections than any other government on this planet. Their interference goes back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s - and continues today - in Central America, South America and wherever they choose.
In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, the American government propped up numerous, murderous regimes which killed tens of thousands of people in the Americas who sought change in their countries and who sought to 'better their country' by removing these criminal, right-wing dictators. Not only did America provide weapons to these murderers but also intelligence and then lied to their own countrymen about their illegal involvement in these murders and assassinations - along with a cover-up of their heinous crimes.
America speaks out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to global, political interference and presents itself as 'America, the good' when, in fact, it has closets full of skeletons with murders, kidnappings and torture while labelling others as 'evil'. Such duplicity and hypocrisy has never been equalled on this planet.
America cannot carry on their duplicitous activities and then not expect to be 'called out' for such blatant hypocrisy and their constant, unswerving double-standard. Such political misdirection reveals what others have known for decades - America sees itself as a world super power with special privileges above and beyond all other nations - and whom all others must obey or suffer the consequences of America's military might.
If ever there was a truly 'Evil Empire', America must look in the mirror, examine itself carefully, and then seek forgiveness for its numerous transgressions. Every empire the world has ever seen has come to an inglorious end, and America will be no different.
Unilateral alliances are a rule in the history of US-Latin America relations. As well as in the US's relations all over the world.