It's already become a transition cliche that Donald Trump is turning the US into a banana republic. We've got the situational diplomacy, the crony appointments and the massive conflicts of interest as the president-elect clings to his global real estate and branding business even as he is about to take power.
Now, we have confirmation of what everybody knew during the election, which is that Russia supported Donald Trump and engaged in a hacking campaign to help his efforts during the election, hoping perhaps to weaken Hillary Clinton had she won but contributing instead to a surprise result.
To even a casual observer of US policy in Central and South America, there is some definite schadenfreude to be had. Given all the US has done to subvert other democracies and revolutions in Chile, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Venezuela, well... you get it. I'm not saying we shouldn't be outraged that a foreign power tried to manipulate our elections (and apparently succeeded) but I am saying that this is another example of the chickens coming home to roost.
This should be taken seriously, more seriously than I'm seeing so far. This should be considered a constitutional crisis. This should be bigger than Watergate. Of particular interest should be whether or not anybody in the Trump campaign aided and abetted Russian efforts. So far, I'm seeing this as something that might well blow over and that is not good.
At the very least, we should also be re-evaluating our own policies in the world. I do not know whether or not foreign powers have successfully interfered with US elections before. I can only imagine this is not a first. But this is public knowledge. Now we know how it feels. We should be better global citizens going forward.
America is not so exceptional that it is immune to the forces that affect people in other countries.
This Nicaragua feeling sucks, doesn't it?