The Issue of Russia hacking into computers of the Democratic National Committee and using the information they found to influence the November election has been in the news for weeks now. The entire issue has caused me to ask a number of questions concerning the Russian hacking.
My first question is why did it only become an issue AFTER the election?
The intelligence reports indicate that we knew about the Russian hacking a year before the election. It was only in the summer when Barack Obama finally took action, mustering up all his anger and power, Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop it. That’s it! Nothing else seems to have been done. Supposedly, the Democratic National Committee was warned about the Russian hacking and chose to ignore the warning and do nothing to protect their computers. The Republican National Committee was also warned and they already had a better security system than the Democrats, so their computers were not compromised like those of the Democrats. So, why did Obama and his intelligence people wait so long if the Russian hacks were so dangerous?
My second question is why did Obama finally take action before the intelligence report was completed?
Liberals in both the Democratic and Republican Parties were criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for questioning the intelligence reports before he saw them. Yet, these same people praised Obama for taking action in booting out Russian diplomats before he saw the same intelligence reports. Such are the double standards for a worthless do-nothing liberal and a conservative who used some caution.
My third question is why is Russia hacking and trying to influence our election any different than the actions of the United States in overtly removing other foreign leaders?
Everyone is up in arms because Russia wanted Donald Trump to win the presidency so they tried to help influence the election by hacking the poorly protected DNC computers.
Yet, in 1953, the US, by means of the CIA, played a role in the Iranian coup that led to the removal of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. One CIA operative referred to the Iranian coup, saying it was ‘an American operation from beginning to end.’
In 1954, the US played a role in the rise of Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz.
In 1960, the US supported the overthrow of Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
In 1961, the CIA played a role in the assassination of Rafael Trujillo, Dictator of the Dominican Republic.
In 1963, the US, with the help of the CIA, supported the overthrow and killing of Ngo Dinh, leader of South Vietnam.
In 1964 the US backed the military coup that ousted Brazilian President Joao Goulart.
In 1973, the CIA was directly involved with the military coup that removed Salvador Allende, President of Chili, after three years of planning and working with different dissident factions.
Another website lists a number of other countries in which the US played a role in the overthrow of leaders:
“Iran (1953); Guatemala(1954); Thailand (1957); Laos (1958-60); the Congo (1960); Turkey (1960, 1971 & 1980); Ecuador (1961 & 1963); South Vietnam (1963); Brazil (1964); the Dominican Republic (1963); Argentina (1963); Honduras (1963 & 2009); Iraq (1963 & 2003); Bolivia (1964, 1971 & 1980); Indonesia (1965); Ghana (1966); Greece (1967); Panama (1968 & 1989); Cambodia (1970); Chile (1973); Bangladesh (1975); Pakistan (1977); Grenada (1983); Mauritania (1984); Guinea (1984); Burkina Faso (1987); Paraguay (1989); Haiti (1991 & 2004); Russia (1993); Uganda (1996);and Libya (2011). This list does not include a roughly equal number of failed coups, nor coups in Africa and elsewhere in which a U.S. role is suspected but unproven.”
I remember in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan sent troops into Grenada to overthrow the government and remove the island country’s Stalinist leader.
I remember in 1989 when the United States sent troops into Panama to remove Manuel Noriega from power.
President George W. Bush sent US troops into Iraq to oust their leader, Saddam Hussein.
More recently, Barak Obama’s administration played a direct role in the overthrow and removal of Egypt and Libyan leaders.
So, what is the difference between Russia trying to influence our election and our direct and indirect involvement in so many coups and government overthrows?
How soon we forget our own transgressions when accusing some other nation of doing far less than what we have done. In reality, the US has done far worse and taken more overt actions in changing the political regimes in many countries. What Russia did was insidious and may have had an impact, but it doesn’t measure up to what America has done. We need to look in the mirror at ourselves before we accuse others of doing far less than we are guilty of.