How Eligible is United States, A Country that Invaded 50 Countries Since WWII, to Criticise Russia for Invading Crimea?

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 6, 2014 4:15 PM EST

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leads the pack of potential Democratic 2016 presidential contenders, speaks to a group of supporters and students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida February 26, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leads the pack of potential Democratic 2016 presidential contenders, speaks to a group of supporters and students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida February 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton harshly criticised Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula, while she sarcastically compared Vladimir Putin's country with Nazi Germany helmed by Hitler.

Ms Clinton who is most likely to be the next presidential candidate in 2016 seemed totally infuriated about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She was particularly displeased with Russia issuing passports to ethnic Russians in Crimea. She said during a fundraiser in California on Tuesday March 4 that it was exactly what Hitler did in the 1930s. He claimed that ethnic Germans were not treated well in countries like Romania and Czechoslovakia; which eventually became his excuse to invade countries, she said, according to The Long Beach Press-Telegram.

One may wonder why the U.S. became so much disturbed with Russia invading the Crimean Peninsula as the United States itself invaded 70 countries since 1776. The U.S. government, which has often been blamed by many nations for interfering in the internal matters of other countries, invaded about 50 countries since the World War II, according to Dr. Zoltan Grossman. The list of countries invaded by the United States include Iraq (2003), Afghanistan (2001), Yugoslavia (1999), Haiti (1994), Kuwait (1991), Panama (1989), Grenada (1983), Dominican Republic (1965), Cuba (1961) and Japan (1945).

Russia, or its previous version of the Soviet Union, is no stranger to invasion either. It has the history of invading several countries in the past, including Georgia (2008), Afghanistan (1979), Hungary (1956) and Poland, Austria and Eastern Germany (1945). However, if compared with the U.S. military achievements, it is bound to fall short of the numbers.

According to the Official Web site of the U.S. Department of State, the relation between Russia and the U.S. had a "new dimension" after the Soviet Union was broken into pieces in 1991. However, even after 200 years of diplomatic relations, the relation between the two continues to move in "both expected and unexpected" manner, it read.

While Russia's invasion of Crimea continues to disturb the Obama government, one wonders if the U.S. - with its history of invasion - is ethically eligible enough to be the moral police of Mr Putin.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leads the pack of potential Democratic 2016 presidential contenders, speaks to a group of supporters and students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida February 26, 2014
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