Obama's Farewell Gift to Russia

Is the Obama administration so eager to destroy Donald Trump’s supposed future legacy of improving relations between the United States and Russia that it needs to rush in those all-important economic sanctions that do nothing to deter the government that is targeted? When presidents leave office, they may become nervous about some of their accomplishments, or lack thereof, being replaced or shattered, but is it really in America’s best interests to risk a large-scale war with a powerful, nuclear-capable nation just because the Democrats lost the election?

President Obama’s executive edict in response to the alleged Russian hacking kicked out thirty-five Russian diplomats from the United States and attempts to punish Russia’s intelligence services for their naughty behavior, but instead of giving into the retaliatory, elementary school drama that is often associated with international politics, Russian President Vladimir Putin overruled his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and decided to disregard the sanctions. Waiting to see what Trump’s next move will be is prudent. At this point, the president-elect is skeptical about the American intelligence agencies’ reports, and if it comes to light that they issued false reports for partisan ends, it could mean another scandal perhaps worse than that of the preposterous Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction under the Bush administration.

In fact, John McAfee, founder of McAfee Antivirus, raised concerns about how the Russians could not have been responsible for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) hack, and Julian Assange has claimed that he did not get his information from the Russian government. Therefore, either the Russian government and Julian Assange are lying, or the American government is lying. Is it really out of the realm of possibility for the United States government to mislead the American people? Is this whole thing just anti-Russia propaganda?

Plus, even if Russia did leak the emails, does the United States have any room to speak? First of all, the United States uses cyber warfare on a regular basis (one such example is the Stuxnet virus released on Iranian facilities), and even President Obama has admitted that countries do this to each other. Secondly, Russia has accused the United States of influencing their elections. The American government has also been responsible for involving itself in other foreign elections, and even worse, it has overthrown numerous governments that it dislikes (from Guatemala and Panama to Iran and Libya to Indonesia).

It is a bit hypocritical for President Obama and other American officials to condemn this type of action. Regardless, the only data that has likely been released is embarrassing information on the Clinton campaign. Now that Clinton lost the election, it is time to look for someone or something to blame. So, here’s an idea: let us blame Russia for the loss, even if it means bringing the United States closer to conflict with another powerful nation. As President Obama packs up his things and prepares to leave the American castle, one thing that can be expected in his farewell address is more anti-Russia rhetoric.

Relations between Russia and the United States have been rocky over the last several years, and American propagandists will blame that on Russia’s interventions in Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia), Transnistria, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea (without considering the wishes of the people who live in those places), in conjunction with Russian deployments in Kaliningrad and violations of NATO’s airspace (a response to an ever-expanding American presence in the region). However, Americans should look at the United States’ expansion of NATO eastward, the deployment of missiles and troops in Eastern Europe (on Russia’s borders), and overall intimidation of the Russian Federation. We would feel uncomfortable if Russia had troops and missiles stationed in Canada and Mexico and was spreading anti-American propaganda.

For more information on how the United States government uses violence and intimidation both internationally and domestically, please check out my book, The Global Bully: How the United States Government Has Supported and Committed Acts of Terrorism from the Cold War to Today or my link.
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Published on January 09, 2017 10:10
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