Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Misplaced Outraged Indignation

"All Americans should be alarmed by Russian actions. Such activities have consequences."
"These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government."
"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."
U.S. President Barack Obama

"The Russian diplomats returning home will spend the New Year holidays with their relatives and dear ones. We will not create problems for U.S. diplomats. We will not expel anybody."
"Moreover, I am inviting all children of U.S diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties at the Kremlin."
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Mikhail Svetlov via Getty Images

Did Barack Obama suddenly awaken from a long, leisurely nap that kept him too busy to act out his role of commander-in-chief for the past eight years? The thunderous outrage he evinces at the outcome of the November presidential election, attributing the Democratic loss to Russian intervention is fairly cringeworthy, as though powerful America has been brought to its knees by the nefarious activities of intelligence cyber espionage on the part of an adversary America has, up to now, 'trusted'.

The sanctimony behind the outrage would be understandable coming from a source other than one that has itself continually engaged in efforts to destabilize other nations' political outcomes. Like Russia, the United States has even invaded another country -- Panama -- to halt an election it felt not in its best interests. When a popular protest movement in Egypt led to the downfall of a former ally of the U.S., Hosni Mubarak, by inaction and the courting and support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama interfered in Egyptian politics.

And American sanctions against Cuba have everything to do with the politics of another country; here too American intervention was deleterious to the economy of another nation. But for full head-on interference in another country's political affairs, Israel stands out as a major recipient of negative interference when Mr. Obama felt himself justified in manipulating events to favour his view of what a foreign nation should commit to in reflection of U.S. financial influence entitling it to run the Israeli show.

But of course, interference by the United States in other countries' politics is a standard, and those countries who have suffered such interference are legion. Even planned assassinations by U.S. agents dispatched by the government to do their dirty work to stop a political ascension viewed with disfavour by Washington are nothing new. So, now that the Democrats are history and the Republicans have returned, Barack Obama is furious and there will be consequences before his last two weeks in office have completely vanished.

Quite the legacy he has left for posterity which will doubtless validate the impression of many that he has been a complete and utter failure. Bipartisan relations between the two American political parties have disintegrated during his presidency, his legacy projects are soon to be undone by an incoming presidency whose election has caused widespread dismay, but who in the end, may yet rescue the United States from the dungeon that Mr. Obama has left it in.

And crafty Vladimir Putin will have the last laugh. For all his machinations and immoral, illegal trysts with his own destiny, as a pirate of the first order on the world stage, Barack Obama's insipid responses to the Ukraine debacle and the Syrian implosion has resulted in a beleaguered Europe, a catastrophic massacre of citizens by their own government, a spreading Islamist fascistic threat to international security and an Iran/North Korea nuclear threat hanging over the world.

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