The government has a tendency of sweeping their mistakes under the rug and proceed as if nothing has happened.
Because admitting failure is not an option.
Many of these cases exposing common global corruption – including bribery, extortion, and embezzlement – have come to the surface in the digital age, but many other forms of corruption have long proliferated our world's history that remains baffling.
Curious to learn more about the greatest political blunders in history, Redditor Ebvardh-Boss asked:
"What's the biggest governmental f'k up of your country's history?"
These Asian countries had their fair share of corrupt leaders.
In South Korea
"In recent history, our president (first female one at that) was brainwashed since birth by a Rasputin-like cult leader which led to a slew of influence peddling and corruption scandals."
"Not surprising she went to jail though, since every single president in our history has either been assassinated, sent to jail, had their family members/close relatives sent to jail, or committed suicide."
Speaking Out Against Rodrigo Duterte
"I started working within the annals of the Philippine government 9 years ago up until I left in 2015. I was working under somebody who was and still is deeply connected with the Arroyos. The stuff I was privy to would knock your socks off. But, I will spill about the ex-prez and the pardon."
"Way before Duterte announced his run for presidency in November 2015, remember when he flip-flopped for months? Saying he'd run then he'd take it back, saying he would leave it up to God and stuff. We all knew already way back in 2014 that he would definitely be running and by all means he would win. How? He was hand-picked and backed by the FG with the deal that he would pardon the then jailed ex-prez. There were a slew of deals but this one was the big fish."
"Seeing his speeches and hearing his claims during the campaign disgusted me knowing how many people blindly and rabidly believed in them. Knowing he was picked, fed and bought. I personally am not in favor of Duterte and have since been speaking out against him."
Bungled Pandemic Response
"Malaysia. So many but I'll just do the most recent Covid 19 f'k up. Last year Malaysia was a leading example of managing the pandemic but the backdoor govt (backdoor because quite a few MPs jumped ship from the democratically elected govt and formed another govt) decided to hold by-elections in the state of Sabah, and no standard SOP's were followed leading to a spike in cases."
"We were well on our way to single digit cases and today we have an average of 7k cases daily."
Europe is rich in culture but also has plenty of unscrupulous history.
The Divide Between Northern And Southern Italy
"Everything (Italy). However one particular f'k up by the government after the reunification was developing only the north, leaving the south poor and underdeveloped. This gap still exist today, after 150+ years."
Aiding The Nazis
"We decided that helping the nazis was a good idea until it wasn't."
"Even better: it was the most craptacular 'jumping on the winner's bandwagon' operation in history."
"Joining a war that was 'surely to be won', only to suck hard and actively dragging Germany down with us (to save us in Greece Hitler lost crucial time to invade Russia, with the wintry results we all know)."
"That's like going to a place where your friend is getting laid and using him as a wingman, then failing to score with any of the girls, and being such a useless and annoying loser that your friend can't even score his own anymore."
A Democracy Of Nobles
"Long time ago, when every country in Europe still had proper monarchy, Poland effectively had democracy of nobles. There was a king, but he was powerless (much like modern monarchies), and the actual power was in hands of nobility. At the time it was very progressive."
"The problem? They had a rule, that in order to introduce a new law, everyone present had to agree. Everyone. Which means that one bribed jerk could just say 'nope, I don't want this' and veto everything."
"This led to stagnation of law, which led to stagnation of economy, which led to conquest of Poland by neighbours."
"Britain once managed to send a warship to Iceland rather than Ireland. Since then the RN has always written Iceland as Iceland(C) in all documents to avoid this mistake."
Many Redditors had plenty to say about the historical corruption in South Africa.
"I live in South Africa.. where to begin."
"It really is hard to know where to start. The story I usually tell is when the ex-president, Zuma, built a house with taxpayers money and claimed his swimming pool was a security feature. In the event of fires, the pool was a water source, therefore it wasn't an illegal use of taxpayers money. Just grab a bucket and put that fire out."
"But really, that doesn't scratch the surface of South African governmental f'k-ups."
List Of Grievances
"Remember the arms deal? Marikana?The Gupta saga? Literally anything to do with Eskom...the time Mbeki denied the link between HIV and AIDS, or the time Zuma said a shower would prevent infection with HIV.. I need a drink."
With various responses to the virus responsible for the global pandemic – some effective, others not so much – I found out about another mismanaging of another pandemic, the Black Plague.
It was believed the Black Plague was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis which is commonly present on fleas carried by rodents. The pandemic then claimed the lives of people all over Europe between 1346 and 1353.
Because doctors did not have knowledge of what caused the plague in London during the 1300s, it was rumored that cats were the reason for the spreading of the virus, since felines were associated with the devil at the time.
And since the royal family was more concerned about saving themselves rather than the commoners, citizens took matters into their own hands and started killing cats.
This was a grave mistake that only exacerbated the problem as the real culprits were mice and rats. With fewer cats to eradicate the problem, the plague wound up killing more people.
Is it any wonder why governments have secrets?
Corruption, poor decision making, and nefarious intentions are routinely kept hidden from the general public. Some of the information that government officials decide to keep hidden would undoubtedly cause uproars. But people can't keep secrets forever.
Redditor u/HerpaDerpHolmes started a discussion about the most alarming classified information that we've learned in the last ten years when they asked, "What were the creepiest declassified documents of the last decade?"
10. "Yes, Prime Minister"Giphy
"It recently came out in released Cabinet Office documents in the UK that, in 1984, a French security officer placed two REAL bombs in the grounds of the French Embassy in London, in advance of a visit by President Mitterrand, in order to test British security. He just casually carried them past British border checks by telling them he was an intelligence officer.
Sound familiar? That's because it became a story on the sitcom 'Yes Prime Minister.'"
9. Failed surprise attacks
"Operation Unthinkable, the plan for the UK and US to launch a suprise attack against the USSR at the end of WW2"
8. What else are they spending money on?
"My vote would be for the Mars remote viewing document declassified by the CIA. Even if it's something made up by the remote viewer, WTH is the CIA doing spending money on this kind of stuff?"
7. These kinds of stories are becoming all too common
"Kincora Boys home. A boys home in Belfast NI where a lot of high profile politicians and even royalty are said to have abused the boys. MI5 are supposed to have known about it and used the info to blackmail people.
what really went on that the govt wants to keep it secret for another 65 years?"
6. A potential nuclear tidal waveGiphy
"A 2015 declassified Russian document verified the existence of a drone called the Poseidon drone. This is no ordinary drone, it is an underwater drone containing the largest nuclear weapon ever created having a yield of 200 Megatons, 4 times larger than the Tzar Bomba the largest nuclear bomb ever created. Furthermore, it contains a cobalt style bomb which when detonated unleashes a 200m nuclear tidal wave which can destroy any coastal city in it's path. Just for context the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami had waves as tall as 20m this is 10 times larger and full of dangerous radioactive material. Obviously this is a last ditch effort but it makes me think, if this is declassified what horrors still remain classified."
5. This is arguably common knowledge
"The document declassified just a couple weeks ago, the war in the Middle East that we've been fighting for over a decade is completely unwinnable and they've known this for a majority of the war."
4. Where are the bombs!?
Basically every Broken Arrow incident, especially the ones that occurred during the Soviet collapse. The idea that the military can just lose track of a nuclear bomb, a miniature sun basically, is already terrifying, even if most of the devices are recovered. However, Russia lost track of about 200 nuclear bombs after the collapse of the USSR, and they STILL have no idea where they are! I understand that the Soviet union fell apart in the 90s, but since so many of their nuclear bombs are still unaccounted for, I consider it an ongoing crisis
3. Pure evil and scary
"Operation Sea Spray. The US Navy literally released pathogens in San Francisco in order to affect the whole population, just to see what happened. A lot of people developed diseases like pneumonia and UTIs."
2. Staged terrorist attacks
"Personally, I would say Operation Northwoods. The fact the the government has no qualms about staging a terrorist attack and killing its own citizens is scary."
1. "5 Eyes" sounds so sinister
Whenever the country you live in needs to spy on it's own citizens they ask another country to do it for them, completely circumventing any percieved "rights" to privacy, a fair trial or due process, among others. Also sharing among member and associated states, if reports are to be believed, beyond-cutting-edge technology that frankly borders on science fiction."
The CIA burst onto Instagram with an "I Spy" photo that was trolled the second it went live.
It was a pretty glorious moment.
Though you can't fault the CIA for trying to cut through its super-serious image and have a little fun with its official social media account.
If you've ever played "I Spy," you know how this goes. But one of the world's most recognizable intelligence (read: spying) agencies went ahead and posted a picture of a desk topped with stereotypical spy agency materials such as a wig, headphones, maps, documents, badges and clocks.
We spy a government agency with something resembling a sense of humor.
But does that desk really look like the desk of someone who works at the CIA? Instagram didn't think so.
It certainly looks that way.
Yeah, what's up with that?
So are we... we think.
Yeah, good luck with that!
Minnesota is surely more exciting than this desk!
Step up your game, CIA.
Pack it all up, boys. We're going home.
Clean it up!
The CIA hasn't responded to any of these observations, presumably because it already figured out where all these people live and is totally having the last laugh.