This morning NPR had an extraordinary story about how Robert Ford, the US Ambassador to Syria who had left that country because of the deteriorating security situation there, had sneaked back into the rebel-held northern part of country to meet with and provide aid to one of the many factions that is fighting the Syrian government. So it looks like the US government has come down firmly on one side in the civil war that is raging in that country and causing immense hardship.
But that was not what was extraordinary. It was how the NPR news anchor and correspondent treated this somewhat matter-of-factly and spoke mostly about the nature of the aid being sent to Syria. They missed the real story and that was that a US ambassador to a country with which it still has full diplomatic relations and whose government it officially still recognizes, was sneaking illegally into that same country in order to aid a faction that was seeking to overthrow that government. This bland reporting is a testament to how behavior by the US government that flagrantly violates diplomatic protocol is now seen as not even worth commenting on.
We know of course that the US meddles in the internal affairs of other countries all the time, from open invasion to covert actions via the CIA and other agencies. But to have the official US government representative to a country be involved in such things is to raise it to another level.
If the roles were changed and (say) the Iranian ambassador to a country that is a US ally were to be so blatantly involved is supporting groups that sought to overthrow that government, you can imagine the massive outpouring of outrage from the US government and the media.