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How America Disgraces Itself


#1

How America Disgraces Itself

Graham E. Fuller

It had been an exhausting, interminable 18-20 months of presidential campaigning during which much of the business of thoughtful American governance had to yield space to the riveting follies of politics. Yet most other countries in the world, not locked into dictators or kings for life, conduct their elections far more briskly and get on with business.


#2

Excellent commentary, thank you.


#3

”If the Russians were involved — and we have not yet had an official pronouncement on that, only leaks — such interference is unacceptable and must be fully and publicly investigated.”
I wonder how interested in investigations the author was, when these “unacceptable” actions (unacceptable to the victim nations, at least) took place?
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By William Blum – Published February 2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government) https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *
Haiti 2004 *
Somalia 2007 to present
Honduras 2009
Libya 2011 *
Syria 2012
Ukraine 2014 *


#4

Yet another defense of TRUMP?! What is going on at Common Dreams? Mr. Fuller thinks it disgraceful and "ugly stuff" to link Trump's victory to the help he asked for, and received, from Russia? The man's own son has bragged about all the money that the Trump organization has received from wealthy Russians, and Trump appointed Carter Page and Paul Manafort to his campaign, both of whom have made millions off the Putin cabal. People like Fuller don't seem to grasp the fact that Trump is a clear and present danger to the constitutional system, an unstable and vengeful man already who will soon have the means to exercise his every whim and violent impulse, and who has appointed military men to control both the domestic and uniformed armed forces. No one has ever seen a man like this with the kind of near-absolute power that Americans have allowed presidents to accrue over the past decades.


#5

Not only can Trump be a complete jerk while the Democratic Party makes its own troubles, that seems to be exactly what has transpired.

To date, there appears to be no evidence whatsoever that Trump received help from Russia, only the DNC and CIA accusations. Some of these are official, unlike the letter of what Fuller says; they are just not credible, coming as they do without evidence. Still, Fuller does not say that Trump received no help from Russia, so it's difficult to see just what you imagine to be a defence of Trump here.

An acknowledgement of problems within the Democratic Party does not constitute a defence of Donald Trump. An attack on Donald Trump does not constitute a defence of the Democratic Party, especially because we do know that the Clinton campaign contributed funds to Trump's nomination at the same time that it was diverting funds from other Democratic elections and receiving funds from sale of presidential favors and donations from five other nations.

There has been a great deal of sentiment among articles and posters here that the Democratic Party's problems should not be examined or revealed because Trump is terrible. That is non sequitur and damaging. The failure to examine problems within the party has so crippled it as a vehicle for compromise among liberal, progressive, leftist, socialist, green, and fellow-traveller positions that the party could no longer defeat even the softball candidate it chose for itself.

I don't suppose anyone has to accept that this perspective is still public, but it appears that for the present, at least, it cannot be sealed off, even with this rot about non-commercial "false news" by the thoroughly embedded NYT, CNN, WaPo, and their kin, certainly including Fox.

Kudos to CD and others who help to maintain the dissemination of information, including Fuller's analysis, regardless of political affiliation.


#6

Americans, the most misinformed people in the world. What else could we possible be while insisting we are the greatest [Clinton] or to be the greatest [Trump] country in the world with a list of aggressions like this.


#7

I guess some people lose gracefully and bow out under applause. Others lose, well, like losers and behave like spoiled little brats.


#9

When you're " the sole superpower in the world ", whether you're a corporation or a nation, you can make your own market. And, price your products, accordingly. We sell weapons systems and no one sells more. We sell financial instruments to 2nd tier and developing countries, and partner with cash cow energy countries to make their freshly invigorated economies a cog in the well-oiled machine. And, nobody sells more" product" than we do. We are the indespensible grease to move the skid, in a giant world game of tug-of-war, mostly in our direction. And, if we fight merely to a draw, we simply grab another small plate and further enlarge the pie. Offering an open hand, and a loaded pistol behind the ear, to our new rivals. We own this planet, this place, and we have the muscle to back it up. Big Time. We are not going out of business any time soon. And, when we do, you'll have to pry that pistol from our gov'ts cold, dead hand. Hey, nobody lives forever, except the Military Industrial Complex and the Entertainment Industrial Complex. P.S. R U excited about the new Stars Wars pre-quell?:wink:


#10

Well, since the USA has been so good at interfering in elections elsewhere surely it, of all countries, knows when and who is interfering in its own elections, and if you want proof look no further than that photo, in the article, of Putin putting a voting sheet into a ballot box! Imagine him doing that (as shown clearly by Common Dreams), all across the USA, to ensure a Trumpian victory!


#11

Good point! Not to mention when the democratically elected leader was overthrown in a coup ( with CIA involvement) and the shah was installed in Iran. Think a little karma was involved this time?


#12

By becoming the most feared nation in the world.


#13

Obama's promised action against Russia for the alleged hacks is utterly hypocritical. Any hacker who sheds light on our secretive political operation is o.k. by me. Obama is merely trying to add credibility to the Democratic Party's denial that the election was lost due to incompetence, and to fan the flames of another cold war. Such utter nonsense. As Mr. Fuller suggests, our government needs to get back to the business of governing.


#14

"How America Disgraces Itself" could have been an article that ran on for many pages. I am deeply ashamed at what we are doing to ourselves in the name of conservative "ideology". Racism, sexism and authoritarianism are all on the upswing again and the pillage of this country by its ruling class will accelerate. The Trump cabinet nominations are a horror show and represent extremism as the New Normal. Meanwhile, much of the rest of the world looks on in "shock and dismay". I have never been so disgusted with American government as I am now. Trump could very well make us look back on the Bush years with some slight nostalgia. I think it is being made quite clear that the oligarchs want EVERYTHING and to hell with the citizenry who dare to get in their way.


#15

Oddly the US has never overthrown a dictator and installed a democracy.


#16

As far as our federal elections are concerned, I have been saying for a long time now that elections for Congress Critters, Senators and President should be limited to 3 months before the November election with only six weeks of TV, radio and newspaper advertisements for candidates, with severe penalties for candidates who start campaigning before three months before the election .The same thing would go for any media outlet covering any possible candidate or any party committee such as the DNC or RNC making public comments for or against any person know or believed to be running for office! The penalty for candidates violating the rules would be automatic removal from the election, and for media types, they would not be allowed to cover any federal race that year. (Which would include federal races from their own state!)