Tom Malinowski, who served as Barack Obama's assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor from 2014 to 2017, has admitted in a Washington Post article that the United States "meddled" in Russian elections by financing political groups.
Malinowski says: "until the U.S. Agency for International
Development was expelled from Russia in 2012 [it
helped] fund some of the country’s leading nongovernmental
organizations. These included the human rights group Memorial,
Against Torture and, most important, given the drama to
come, a group called Golos,
Russia’s main nongovernment organization for election fraud
Malinowski demonstrates his imperialistic attitude with the
claim: "This effort was non-partisan and it aimed to
strengthen democracy for everyone in Russia, not to steer the
outcome." What gives Malinowski and the United States
the authority to claim they know what is best for Russian
democracy? The term "non-partisan" is a nonsense
word because issue positions and election procedures may not
have the same impact on all parties. Any claims about
corruption in the Russian government are inherently partisan because
the claims place the governing party in a negative light.
Malinowski may be too ignorant to understand the potential
implications of such spending, but former KGB officer President
Vladimir Putin probably knows why the Soviet Union financed
comparable groups in the United States during the 1950's.
Americans called such organizations
designed to support the communist view of the world "communist
front groups". When a nation finances
alternate political groups in another nation, it is meddling in that
nation's politics if any of those connected with those organizations
participates in politics regardless of whether the
participation involves issues or personalities. I
wonder what Democrats would say if Russia financed a group in
the United States whose purpose was monitoring election fraud.
Malinowski is out of touch with reality. He suffers from the
delusion that American foreign policy has some idealistic
purpose. As a Vietnam vet I know that isn't true..
Many American foreign policy actions are just a response to
events. Actions that have a purpose usually are designed
to serve corporate interests.
The best example of this situation is the Obama administration's
efforts to push the crooked Enron corporation's global
warming fraud. The claim that carbon dioxide
causes global warming is based on a primitive early 19th Century
belief that was disproved in 1909. Malinowski talks about
corruption in Russia. I wonder what he would say if
Russia had made a major effort to discredit Hillary Clinton by
exposing the global warming fraud prior to last year's election.