Those Americans outraged by Russian intervention on behalf of Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton have a short historical memory. Their country has a long track record of interference in the elections of foreign nations, despite being a self-proclaimed defender of the right to self-determination of all people.
According to a recent study by Dov H. Levin, between 1946 and 2000, Washington attempted to influence the results of 81 electoral contests around the world. Overall, the outcome of these meddling efforts was mixed. However, according to Levin’s data, in nearly 60 percent of the cases, the political forces supported by the U.S. won.
These interferences were not limited to during the Cold War, in the name of the struggle against communism. They also continued in subsequent years to bring to power governments willing to cooperate with Washington.
The favored victim of these initiatives was Latin America, which the U.S. has almost always considered part of its sphere of influence.