US Officials in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“[US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken] apparently couldn’t resist an opportunity to bash Russia. Cautioning the Kazakh government, he observed that ‘One lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.’ Given Washington’s track record over multiple decades of similar behavior, Blinken was very far out on a fragile rhetorical limb, and Russian foreign ministry officials quickly sawed it off. ‘If Antony Blinken loves history lessons so much, then he should take the following into account: when Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive and not be robbed or raped,’ the ministry said on its social media channel. A ministry spokesman specifically cited Vietnam and Iraq as countries in which prolonged, horribly destructive US military occupations had taken place.” (01/11/22)