America: Do as I say, not as I do
The U.S. is the world's spoiled bully.
We have absolutely no ability to see ourselves through someone else's eyes, and we wouldn't be bothered to do so anyway.
Consider how we think some Russian Twitter bots and possible email hack is an "act of war".
Meanwhile, months before any of this possibly happened, this was the news.
“Cyber can be a tool that we can use against our enemies,” he said before the committee Feb. 25.
At the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, Carter added, “It is the kind of thing we’ve done in electronic warfare over the radio spectrum for decades and decades.”
It surprises no one that the U.S. government is using cyber as a tool for war. What was surprising was that the Pentagon publicly acknowledged it is waging active cyber campaigns against its adversaries.
Or to put it another way, the Russians should never have complained while we attacked them. Any response by Russia is unacceptable, in the same way as it is totally unacceptable for a smaller kid to fight back against a bully.
This was today's headline: How Putin meddles in Western democracies
It's not like we would ever do that.
Oh wait. We do it almost every single year for the last century.
Not only is It's-OK-When-We-Do-It, but when we openly rigged Russia's 1996 election, we thought it was a big joke.
No, really. Hollywood made a comedy about rigging Russia's election.
I'm sure the Russians took no offense at all.
This is how we know that Russia isn't a full democracy. Otherwise, how could we have rigged their election, amirite?
The U.S. is a flawed democracy, but there's a difference.
Russia is run by oligarchs. America is run by billionaires.
See the difference?
Another example is this article from yesterday.
Millions of smartphone users in the United States, and around the world, are vulnerable to being spied-on by the Iranian government, according to a new report.
OMG! How shocking!
It's not like we would ever do something like that.
Oh wait. We spy on everyone in the world, even our allies.
Finally, we can't overlook Russia's aggression in Syria.
instead of proper diplomatic or military channels, the Russians instead dispatched a general to knock on the American Embassy door in Baghdad roughly an hour before strikes began to send the message. The Russian parliament passed hasty legislation authorizing the strikes, and called on the U.S. to vacate Syrian airspace.
Can you believe that? The Russian parliament actually had the nerve to pass an AUMF before bombing a country that the recognized government invited in.
Fortunately, America is above all that.
The Trump administration has decided that it needs no new legal authority from Congress to indefinitely keep American military forces deployed in Syria and Iraq, even in territory that has been cleared of Islamic State fighters, according to Pentagon and State Department officials.
In a pair of letters, the officials illuminated the Trump administration’s planning for an open-ended mission of forces in Syria beyond the Islamic State fight. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson foreshadowed the plan in a speech last month, saying that troops will stay in Syria to curb Iran and prevent the Syrian government from reconquering rebel-held areas.
...The State Department sent him a similar letter, which also argued that international law provided a basis for American forces to remain in Syria — despite the lack of consent from the Syrian government — to protect Iraq and the United States from terrorists.
And both letters said American troops may strike at Syrian government or Iranian forces deemed to threaten Americans or Syrian rebel groups that are assisting the United States in fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Right. Because we don't need any legal authority to partition Syria, which will inevitably lead to war with Syria and it's ally, Iran.
Not to mention the fact that those "rebel groups" are at war with the Syrian government, and by protecting them we are by definition at war with Syria too.
American troops carried out strikes against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad of Syria several times in 2017 in the name of defending American-supported rebel groups.
If Syria has the temerity to attack the head-chopping jihadists that are our "moderate rebel" allies trying to overthrow the Syrian government, then we will be predictably outraged at this unacceptable aggression.
We are so sure Congress would approve of going to war with Syria and Iran that we don't even need to ask them. Or the American people.
And why would anyone else in the world complain? It's-OK-When-We-Do-It.