American Political Expert Accused White House of Hypocrisy
There is an abundance of outrage in the United States about Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. However, Ted Carpenter, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at the National Interest, believes that such accusations testify to the Washington’s hypocrisy and falsity.
The historical record shows that Washington has meddled in the political affairs of dozens of countries – including many democracies. An egregious example occurred in Ukraine during the Euromaidan Revolution of 2014, political scientist writes.
In his opinion, Western leaders made it clear that they supported the efforts of demonstrators to force Yanukovych to reverse course and approve the EU agreement or, if he would not do so, to remove the president before his term expired.
According to him, the extent of the Obama administration’s meddling in Ukraine’s politics was breathtaking. Russian intelligence intercepted and leaked to the international media a Nuland telephone call in which she and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffey Pyatt discussed in detail their preferences for specific personnel in a post-Yanukovych government. The U.S-favored candidates included Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the man who became prime minister once Yanukovych was ousted from power.
However, not only the White House, but also the most of the American news media portrayed the Euromaidan Revolution as a spontaneous, popular uprising against a corrupt and brutal government, Carpenter said.
He claims that it is no wonder that Russia reacted badly to the unconstitutional ouster of an elected, pro-Russian government – an ouster that occurred not only with Washington’s blessing, but apparently with its assistance.
That episode, as well as earlier ones involving Italy, France and other democratic countries, should be kept in mind the next time U.S. political leaders or the media publicly fume about Russia’s apparent interference in America’s 2016 elections. One can legitimately condemn some aspects of Moscow’s behavior, but the force of America’s moral outrage is vitiated by the stench of U.S. hypocrisy, political expert concluded.