PICTURED: John Bolton and Wang Wenbin. PC: Gage Skidmore. CC 2.0.
When John Bolton appeared on CNN in early July to discuss the recent January 6th hearings on Capitol Hill, the former National Security Advisor under Donald Trump outright admitted he had helped organize the overthrowing of governments, known colloquially by its French name, “coup d’état”.
Bizarrely, the man who was also a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, admitted to organizing crimes against humanity in order to prop up a sort of half-measured defense of his old boss by insulting him.
“As somebody who has helped plan coups d’état — not here but you know, other places — it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he [Trump] did,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper, who to his great insult did not immediately pause the discussion of Trump to do his journalistic due diligence and find out just which ones Bolton was referring to.
Several days later on July 18th, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin spoke about the comments during his regular briefings with the Chinese press.
“Bolton’s admission is so revealing,” Wenbin said. “Leading US politicians trumpet the so-called ‘rules-based international order’ for one purpose: to ensure that the U.S. can easily interfere in other countries’ affairs and overthrow their governments at its own will”.
“For years, the U.S. has created political unrest in Latin America, played a part in the “Arab Spring”, and instigated color revolutions in Europe and Asia. Senior US officials even went to the streets themselves in some of those countries to support opposition forces in stoking political confrontation”.
“This is exactly the kind of “rules” and “order” that people like Bolton want absolutely to defend,” he concluded.
Tragically from the standpoint of American policy makers, the Communist mouthpiece is entirely correct.
It’s true that Biden Administration stamps the phrase “rules-based international order” on everything, and that most of the world outside NATO thinks it’s hypocrisy.
A scant few Latin American countries have escaped wide-ranging political instability resulting from U.S. covert and overt intervention. These range from opposition candidate funding, particularly for right-wing authoritarian types, as WaL reported in Bolivia, to destructive civil wars, like in Nicaragua, and outright ethnic cleansing, in Guatemala.
Furthermore, this sad history is so well known, it need not be written here, one need only find it on Wikipedia.
Arab Spring was certainly launched by dissatisfied Arab-speakers looking to replace metastasized dictatorships, like in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Syria. In Syria and Libya, U.S.-led regime change operations resulted in massive, almost irreparable destruction to the countries and their regions, while the ousted U.S.-funded dictator of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was replaced with Mohammed Morsi in the country’s first democratic elections.
However Barack Obama’s clear go-ahead signal to the military saw Morsi replaced with Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who has created one of the most totalitarian regimes on Earth, despite Obama cabinet saying he had “restored democracy”.
The color revolutions refer to the attempts, both failed and successful, to overthrow post-Soviet governments in European countries of Serbia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, and Georgia, and indeed, during the 2014 U.S.-led coup d’état in Ukraine, which was described as the “most blatant coup in history,” Senator John McCain and the State Department’s Victoria Nuland went to Kyiv to visit the protestors, with the latter even bringing them cookies.
The Chinese Communist Party is no object lesson in respecting people’s rights, but in this case, they are right, and John Bolton is wrong. The U.S. does not have the special authority to choose which regimes endure and which ones are to be replaced, and until Washington stops giving very convincing points of argument to the Chinese, her sway over the rest of the world will never be as easy as she likes.