WASHINGTON: 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.”