A Foreign Government Meddling in the U.S. Election Process??? Shocking!!!
Like most people, I don't like the fact that Trump got elected with the help of Vladimir Putin. But the people who are screaming the loudest about this are pretty much the same ones who think it's AOK for the United States to be hand-picking the leaders (and eliminating the ones who don't cooperate) of other countries. We've been doing this since at least the early 1950s (e.g. Guatemala, Iran), if not before.
Or as this columnist puts it:
“Now that the election is over, America is getting a little taste of the paranoia other nations know. And it isn't pleasant...And the suspicion that a foreign power was rooting for and acting on behalf of the candidate you opposed strikes not just at your sense of the election's fairness and integrity, but encourages you to indulge in the fantasy that Trump's supporters are formally cooperating in something wicked and seditious.”
More recent examples of American meddling include:
“The American government supported information campaigns as part of the color revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. Iraqis were probably surprised when U.S. media outlets informed them that figures like Ahmed Chalabi represented their national hopes during the Iraq War.”
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, will American politicians start having second thoughts about our own practice of choosing other countries' leaders? [just a rhetorical question]