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American Misadventures

The USA has a long history of interventions and regime changes. Perhaps this is the secret of its success as a superpower.

By Taha Kehar | April 2022

America has undoubtedly emerged as the busiest busybody in the realm of global politics. Through a slew of tactics, the superpower has meddled in the internal affairs of other sovereign states by toppling functioning democracies to serve its own gains. If statistics are to serve as a gauge, the US has interfered in copious foreign elections between 1946 and 2000, and engineered six overt and 64 covert attempts to change regimes during the Cold War.

At first glance, beleaguered Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s claim that the US is embroiled in a conspiracy to oust him is arguably the latest instance of America’s imperialistic misadventures. Even so, Imran’s allegations can’t entirely withstand scrutiny as they are seeded with a perilous implausibility and reflect a thinly veiled attempt to find international scapegoats for domestic crises.

The embattled premier views the no-confidence motion bolstered against him by the opposition as a US-backed conspiracy to chastise him for pursuing an independent foreign policy. As per Imran’s allegations, the US wasn’t pleased with his decision to visit Moscow at a time when a full-blown conflict had ensued in Ukraine. According to the PTI leader, a threatening letter -- which was penned by a Pakistani envoy -- states that bilateral ties with the US will remain fraught if Imran is at the helm.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supremo’s anti-American rhetoric isn’t a radical departure from his hitherto aggressive posture towards the superpower and its motives. What stands out is the fact that Imran’s claims are laced with speculations of an international conspiracy to thwart Pakistan’s democratic process. This narrative, though unsubstantiated by the country’s security agencies, has the sizzling intensity to earn the ire of the public. By invoking America’s role in efforts to destabilise his government, Imran has cast himself as a victim of circumstance who challenged the vagaries of Western imperialism and paid a heavy price for it. Days after he cried foul over the foreign conspiracy, the beleaguered statesman’s image as the shield against excessive American involvement was further solidified when the vote of no-confidence was blocked following a narrow interpretation of Article 5. Once the vote was dismissed on the pretext of a disloyalty towards the state and Imran requested the president to dissolve the assemblies, a calculated endeavor was set in motion to rescue the nation from the clutches of a foreign conspiracy. That the country had been plunged into a constitutional crisis was a matter of a little or no significance. Pakistan’s sovereignty was at stake and Imran sought to protect it from those who were eager to compromise it on the directives of international players.

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