With just 21 days left in the Obama administration, reports have begun surfacing that the incumbent president has made a massive move against Russia — and it’s unquestionably a retaliation against Russia’s alleged interference with the election.
On Thursday, the administration slapped Moscow, along with several Russian individuals and entities, with a slew of sanctions, citing alleged election-season hacks, according to Politico. The punishment was said also to have targeted the country’s primary security services and its main intelligence directorate.
“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” Obama said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. “These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.”
Many whining liberals are praising the move because they wanted someone to blame for the election going to President-elect Donald Trump. Rather than looking in their mirrors, they blamed Russia.
Democrats latched on to the speculation that senior Kremlin officials attempted to disrupt the election and hack it in favor of Donald Trump via a cyber warfare campaign.
The details of the alleged hacked material came primarily from WikiLeaks, which has said that the information came from someone other than Russia.
Hillary Clinton lost the election on her own, and her supporters saw her excellent example of being a sore loser by failing to give her concession speech on the night of the election, and followed suit with protests and chants of “Not My President” and “Never Trump.”
Donald Trump has been vocal about dismissing the scandal.
“I think we ought to get on with our lives,” he said Wednesday at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Nevertheless, the administration claimed in October that Russia had been responsible for the hack at the Democrat National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s personal email hacks.
So Obama brought down the hammer, bringing economic sanctions against Russia as well as shutting down two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that he said were “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes.”
“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” Obama stated.
But wait, there’s more: Obama announced that the State Department would expel 35 Russian intelligence operatives, declaring them “persona non grata.” The Russians listed have been given 72 hours to leave the United States, according to a senior U.S. official, and access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday.
And yet, there may be more still as Obama added: “These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.”
Obama has allowed Russia to walk all over the U.S. in the Middle East, Crimea and elsewhere. And Russian hacking isn’t a newly discovered issue. Why is he just now retaliating against Russia?
Maybe he’s just embarrassed at being continually shown up by Russia’s efficacy against radical Islamic terrorism, but the most obvious answer seems to be that he’s ticked about the Democrats’ massive defeat at the hands of Donald Trump. U.S. Congressman Trent Franks, R—A.Z., said as much earlier today when he slammed Obama’s “hypocrisy” in issuing the sanctions and saying that Obama’s retaliation was ultimately about the leaks that harmed Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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