U.S. Meddled 80 Times in Foreign Elections: 1946-2000

Mueller’s indictment of Russians for meddling in the 2016 election is only of importance insofar as it forwards the attempt to dislodge Trump from office and/or prevent him from executing his agenda. There has been no discernible influence that has been proven to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. The difficulties in ever proving such an influence from a given source are enormous, because elections are very noisy processes with so many influences. Noise means “irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information”.

The Mueller indictments are abnormal. Usually, meddling is ignored. In this case politics are at work, namely, a concerted attempt to overthrow Trump, diminish his power, and come to the aid of the Democratic Party.

For perspective, note that one bona fide researcher finds that the U.S. has meddled 80 times in foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. He estimates that Russia meddled in various elections worldwide 36 times in the same period. Estimates exclude those cases in which the U.S. instigated coups. If a burglar who has 80 burglaries to his name accuses another burglar of burglarizing his home, how seriously are we supposed to take it? To me, it’s a joke.

Not to be outdone, Russia says it has proof that the U.S. is meddling in its upcoming election.

For further perspective, consider all the lobbying of Congress that goes on in order to influence votes on specific legislation and shape that legislation. There is a lot less noise in ascertaining the scope of this activity and its scope in Congress than there is in a general election.

Mueller’s indictments will have no significant affect on any future election. They are a purification ritual. Their effect is to keep the unrelenting attack going on Donald Trump. He’s blamed for everything in sight! If some White House staffer is accused of beating up on his wife, this becomes his fault and the ridiculous legacy media find a “scandal” in it. If Trump had some affairs in the past, this becomes grist for their mills.


3:21 pm on February 16, 2018