The US government just announced that the CIA will no longer use fake vaccination programs as a cover for operations. At a time when anti-vaccination movements have swept the globe, despite the positive effects of vaccinations in limiting previously devastating infectious disease, the US government was actively undermining life-saving, humanitarian programs by using them as cover.
Among the reasons people decline vaccinations is the idea that uniform public health projects must be a nefarious government conspiracy. The fact that the conspiracy theorists are not entirely wrong certainly does not help the fight against infectious diseases.
This is a step in the right direction relative to the previous steps in a horribly misguided direction; but, to my fellow US citizens, the view that our country is a force for good in the world is not an evidence-based position.