Former CIA director James Woolsey, in a recently resurfaced video, casually admitted that the United States (US) has “interfered” in foreign elections in the interest of democracy.
Woolsey, who served as the top official with Central Intelligence under President Bill Clinton, made the blunt remarks during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham in 2018.
When asked by Ingraham if the US “meddles in other country’s elections,” he replied: “Oh probably, but it was for the good of the system in order to prevent the communists from taking over.”
Pressed on whether the American government continues the tactic Woolsey laughed, coyly mumbled, and said, “Only for a very good cause and in the interest of democracy.”
Former CIA Director James Woolsey laughs when Laura Ingraham asks if the U.S has “tried to meddle in other countries’ elections” & he says “oh probably, but… for the good of the system…to avoid communists from taking over.”
LI: “Do we do it now?”
JW: “only for a good cause.” pic.twitter.com/sr2v0e8Ro6
— Fiorella Isabel (@FiorellaIsabelM) July 23, 2022
Former CIA Director Admitted US Interfered in Elections
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James Woolsey’s admission that the US interferes in elections was seen as hypocritical by some considering the country was in the middle of a four-year propaganda effort by Democrats and the media denouncing interference in America’s elections.
In fact, according to The Hill at the time, “the Russian embassy flagged his comments.”
“Says it all,” the embassy tweeted along with the quote from the former CIA director.
Former CIA director James Woolsey: “US meddles in foreign elections – but only for a very good cause”. Says it all. pic.twitter.com/ib51oA1rC8
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) February 17, 2018
Woolsey’s comments also stand out as Democrats and the media have insisted that “democracy” was almost lost during the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
While there is no indication any government entity meddled or meddles in American elections we have to quote Woolsey and say, “Well … yum, yum, yum, yum.”
Remember everyone, if other countries try to meddle in our elections, it’s an act of war.
But when we meddle in their elections, it’s okay, because it’s “for a good cause.” https://t.co/m5THNOv9EF
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) July 24, 2022
US Planning Coups
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton, in a recent discussion about the alleged ‘coup’ attempt on January 6th, also seemingly casually admitted to having interfered with foreign governments.
“Mr. Bolton would know” about planning to overthrow governments, writes The Political Insider’s Kathleen Anderson, “since it takes someone with real smarts and experience in the dark arts, like him, to orchestrate a coup d’etat.”
When pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper that it doesn’t take a mastermind to plot a coup, Bolton replied, “As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat – not here, but other places – it takes a lot of work.”
Jake Tapper: “One doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”
John Bolton: “I disagree with that. As somebody who has helped plan coup d’etat, not here, but other places, it takes a lot of work.” pic.twitter.com/REyqh3KtHi
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 12, 2022
It would be naive to think the US government hasn’t interfered in foreign elections or plotted coups throughout its history.
Documents showed in 2015 that the State Department under Barack Obama used taxpayer money to interfere in the 2015 Israeli elections in an attempt to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But the casual admission out loud that such efforts had been made is different and would seem contradictory to everything we’ve been told about a hyperventilating media and their concern over the fall of democracy under former President Donald Trump.