Petulant and arrogant as always, President Obama wanted to make sure he left relations with Russia far worse than he inherited them for the incoming Trump administration. Honestly, that’s all you need to know regarding the newly imposed “sanctions” against Moscow for allegedly “hacking” the November elections, whateverÂ thatÂ means.
But this latest landmine left for Trump by Obama, we are now learning, was months in the making. And to be frank, it looks as though Obama had at least tacit support from the Republican House leader, Speaker Paul Ryan, and some of the Old Guard RINOs in the Senate.
In fact, what the Obama administration is doing is running the very same kind ofÂ disinformation campaign–using fake news and phony narratives–that it is accusing Russia of doing. And what’s more, the Russians know it.
As cited byÂ The Observer,Â Maria Zakharova, anÂ official representative of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, toldÂ Lifenews:
They are once again trying to frighten us with the widening of anti-Russian sanctions, with measures of â€˜diplomatic nature,â€™ and even with the sabotage of our computer systemsâ€¦ Frankly, we areÂ sick and tired of the outright lies about â€˜Russian hackersâ€™ that continue to pour down in the United States from the very top. The Obama Administration launched this disinformation half a year ago in anÂ attempt to support the position of their desired candidate for the November Presidential elections. Having not achieved their desired outcome, now they are looking for the justification of their failure and, doubling their efforts, they are taking revenge on the Russian-American relations.
She also made a prediction:
Sooner or later, the truth about this campaign will eventually come out, and it is happening already. On December 8, American media reported that the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brian Kemp, made it known that local officials tracked the hack that attacked hisÂ electronic vote-counting system soon after the elections. The traces led to aÂ computer address within the Department of Homeland Security of the United States. What else we can talk about here? About the fact that this [revelation] was covered with the flood of the new accusations that had not a single evidence?
And she added this:
It must be made crystal clear for people [who are] in the White House now that if Washington will implement new hostile steps then it will get the [appropriate] answer [from Russia]. It concerns all the acts against Russian diplomatic representatives in the US and will immediately bounce against the American diplomats in Russia. [The] Obama administration, probably, does not care what will happen with bilateral relations with Russia, but it is unlikely that history will forgive the attitude based on the principle â€˜let there be even flood after we are gone.’
As to who else was in on this, we can only speculate but the signs are ominous. Consider:
- About six months ago,Â legislation was introduced in Congress called the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016; this legislationÂ heÂ United States Secretary of StateÂ to collaborate with theÂ United States Secretary of DefenseÂ and other relevant Federal agencies to create a Global Engagement Center to fight against propaganda from foreign governments, and publicize the nature of ongoing foreignÂ propagandaÂ andÂ disinformationÂ operations against the U.S. and other countries.Â The bill said this inter-agency effort should “counter foreign propaganda and disinformation directed against United States national security interests and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support United States allies and interests.” This measure is nowÂ law; it was part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. What it essentially does is establish a governmentÂ Minstry of Truth, tasking officials within said departments and agencies withÂ identifying ‘fake news’ and ‘propaganda’Â allegedly planted by foreign governments. Who gets to decide what is and is not propaganda? TheÂ government, of course. Who will actuallyÂ counter the alleged propaganda?Â The same mainstream media that lies to you all the time as it is. And understand this: Disinformation campaigns are as old as intelligence operations. George Washington was running them during the Revolutionary War; the Soviet UnionÂ carried them out all through the Cold War, andÂ so did the United States. So why do we need this legislation t all? And whyÂ now?
- No sooner than the Obama administration began pushing this fake “Russia hacked our elections” nonsense then the old Guard in the Republican Establishment–led by Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, neither of them presidential winnersÂ or fans of Trump–jumped right on the bandwagon, calling for ‘actions to be taken’ against Moscow for its alleged misdeeds.
- After Obama announced his actions, no less than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan chimed right in to support them, saying they are “overdue.” And of course, the mainstream media is happily reporting that. Graham and McCain also voiced support.
- In an attempt to “explain” her loss, Hillary Clinton piled on as well, using the disinformation campaign as a crutch and claiming a) the hacks wereÂ real; b) Russia did it; and c) it happened because, you know, Putin hates her.
So there is a multi-pronged effort to sell this nonsensical narrative to the American public–many of whom believe it because they are Obama and Clinton supporters andÂ they want to believeÂ someone other than Donald Trump was responsible for the loss of their deeply flawed and uninspiring candidate. When Trump vanquished all 16 of his rivals, include the RINO’s preferred candidates (Jeb Bush being primary among them); and it began looking like he would give Clinton a serious run for her money–shazzam. Russia hacked the DNC and Clinton campaign, while planting fake news/propaganda in hundreds of web sites throughout the election campaign (which has been discredited already, by the way).
This isn’t about “taking Russia’s side” over that of our own country, it is aboutÂ knowing who Obama, Clinton and the political establishment are and what they are capable of doing. This charade has been months in the planning and it smacks of the very same disinformation campaign that Russia now stands accused of. And it’s being carried outÂ as aÂ way to sabotage a president-elect who was never supposed to win.