The White House has strongly rejected the victory of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s elections in Belarus (bella-ruce), and has suggested sanctions may be on the way for that country.
Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said, “The United States does not accept the results of the election,” and pointed out that in addition to violence, election-related fraud occurred.
What, now they suddenly have a problem with questionable election results?
Lukashenko’s government is accused of intimidation, false imprisonment and human rights abuses, among other offenses. Opposition groups and independent media are not tolerated by his regime.
How can Bush object to an election under those conditions? He’s practiced all of the same policies at some point during his term of office.
If Bush truly objects to the Belarussian election results, perhaps he can get his handpicked Supreme Court to nullify them. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s called in a favor from that court after an election.
The fact that the US government doesn’t have legal authority to undo a foreign election shouldn’t be seen as an impediment. It didn't stop us in Chile or Venezuela, for example. And illegal actions at home and abroad are the modus operandi of our current administration.