Nice short little recap of some of the democratically elected governments overthrown by the US government.
LAURA INGRAHAM: We don’t mess around in other people’s elections, Jim?
JAMES WOOLSEY: Well…
BEN NORTON: The Russia hysteria that has taken hold in the United States has fixated on troll farms and Facebook ads as evidence of an elaborate Kremlin conspiracy to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
This paranoia, stoked by incessant corporate media coverage, has intentionally distracted from the fact that the U.S. government has a very long and very bloody history of destabilizing and overthrowing foreign governments that challenge its economic interests.
U.S. efforts at international sabotage continue to this day. In fact, former CIA directors are even joking about it.
James Woolsey, a hardline neoconservative who led the CIA in the 1990s, insisted in an interview on Fox News that when the U.S. meddles in foreign countries’ politics, it is “only for a very good cause.”
LAURA INGRAHAM: Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?
JAMES WOOLSEY: Oh probably, but it was for the good of the system, in order to avoid the communists from taking over. For example, in Europe in ’47, ’48, ’49, the Greeks and the Italians, we CIA …
LAURA INGRAHAM: We don’t do that now, though? We don’t mess around in other people’s elections, Jim?
JAMES WOOLSEY: Well… Only for a very good cause.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Can you do that, do a Vine video as former CIA director? I love it.
JAMES WOOLSEY: Only for a very good cause in the interest of democracy.
LAURA INGRAHAM: Thanks for being here. Always great to see you.
BEN NORTON: While the former head of the CIA may find this funny, Woolsey and Fox News host Laura Ingraham are laughing about U.S. policies that led to the deaths of millions of people.
For many decades, the U.S. has trained and armed fascist death squads and propped up murderous far-right dictatorships.
The most infamous examples of U.S. foreign meddling are the many military coups the CIA orchestrated and supported in order to topple left-wing foreign governments.
In 1953, the CIA helped carry out a coup to overthrew Iran?s democratically elected government on behalf of oil corporations. The next year, the U.S. toppled Guatemala?s democratically elected government on behalf of rich land owners and food corporations. Both countries? elected left-wing leaders were replaced with brutal, authoritarian right-wing dictators…