By the end of World War II, the United States had become a serial meddler in the affairs of the nations of the world, friend and foe alike.
American intelligence services took particular aim at Third World and Western countries with large Communist Parties, and at countries on the other side of what used to be called “the Iron Curtain.”
Meddling there took some doing before the implosion of the Soviet Union. It still does in China and North Korea, and in countries with strong states, like Iran, that resist American domination. However, our intelligence services are well resourced and determined.
They are also inept. Therefore, their machinations fail as often as not.
Even so, with the Soviet Union gone, the European component of the formerly Communist world became easy prey.
It did not take long, in those circumstances, for American meddlers to become cruder and less subtle. But it was not until the Obama period that the extent of the transformation became too obvious to miss.
Thanks to Hillary Clinton’s stewardship of the empire’s affairs during her tenure as Secretary of State, and to the exploits of the liberal imperialists she and Barack Obama left in charge after she quit the State Department, the level of American brazenness in that part of the world has substantially increased.
This was especially evident in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, adjacent to Russia, deeply connected, historically and culturally,…