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OPINION PIECE - Obama mocked Romney over Russia, but now he blames Russia for Trump

Posted by on Dec. 13, 2016 at 5:45 AM
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Now that the 2016 election is long over and online hackers have had ample time to cover their e-tracks, a bold President Barack Obama has decisively ordered a “full review” of Russian and other interference in the United States electoral process.

We should probably say alleged Russian interference since no one has offered any proof, just reasonable suspicions of who might benefit from the release of documents that Democrats wanted to keep hidden. The Trump campaign criticized the move.

A government spokeswoman in Moscow claims numerous requests for evidence to back up the U.S. charges have gone unanswered.

On Oct. 7 the office of James Clapper, Obama’s director of National Intelligence, released a statement: “The U.S. Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.”

Again, no evidence. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was suggesting Russia and Donald Trump were in league to deny her rightful political inheritance, grasped the line. In fact, she often claimed that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies were certain it was the Russkies.

Was the president not listening during his daily intelligence briefings?





Why a voting hack favors Russia

CrowdStrike cofounder Dmitri Alperovitch says any hack during today's election plays into Russia's hands.

Clinton’s convenient charge raises a serious question: Why in the world does one nation need 17 intelligence agencies? Seriously, especially since 9/11’s failures to connect the dots demonstrated those agencies’ instinctive bureaucratic preference for disaster over sharing intel.

Although, honestly, young male Saudis taking passenger-jet flight lessons with no employer and no interest in landing procedures could raise suspicions among even unintelligent intelligence agents.

Speaking of intelligence failures, we’ve experienced Obama’s notably false claims that al-Qaida was on the run, weeks before the 2012 Benghazi attack killed four Americans.

Almost two years ago, Obama infamously dismissed ISIS as a “JV” team, and it took him six months to devise a “strategy” for his “No. 1 priority” – defeating ISIS.

Last week Obama admitted surprise over the rise of that terrorist movement in the Iraqi power vacuum after his 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal. Was the president not listening during his daily intelligence briefings? Or did those agencies miss that too?

When Edward Snowden flew off to China and Russia with reams of national security secrets in 2013, Obama initially dismissed him as “a hacker.”

Now, hacking into American institutions has become sadly routine during this administration. Among the targets: Defense contractors, millions of federal personnel files and even entertainment companies.

Finger-pointing at foreign powers makes for good media, even on Fridays. Unidentified administration officials have named Russia, China and North Korea as culprits. They even identified a Shanghai military building where such hacking originates.

Obama’s standard response to bad news is to launch a distraction. Hence that phony anti-Muslim video tale he blamed for Benghazi, even weeks after its debunking. Feds arrested the videographer anyway.

Obama’s damage controls also include flurries of PR activity, mainly verbal. Remember his “swift justice” for the Benghazi killers? Obama’s outrage over the IRS persecuting conservative groups to help his 2012 campaign?

Results: One Libyan mob member was captured. No one was charged at the IRS or elsewhere.

Maybe the Russians did do something. That’s not the issue.

That will be a major legacy of Obama’s 2,922-day presidency. No consequences. Solyndra. Fast and Furious. You can keep your doctor. And Clinton’s national security violations, among many.

Now the Washington Post, which still can’t believe Trump won, reports that the CIA has concluded Russia was actively trying to help the billionaire win. Because, clearly, without communist subversions Americans would never elect him on their own.

Maybe the Russians did do something. That’s not the issue.

Besides complaining publicly, has the Obama administration done something, anything, besides whine about being victimized by hackers? Maybe take responsibility and tighten security?

And why did alleged hacking only bother Obama after a Republican victory, not his own two?

In 2012, Obama mocked Mitt Romney for suggesting Russia was our top geopolitical foe. Now it’s expedient for the Democrat and minions to ensure the focus is on Moscow as foe. After all this time and those breaches, and only in his final meaningless month, does Obama order a report (which will be largely secret) allegedly to explore the allegedly Russian threats.

Because, see, that way the public discussion won’t be where it belongs: On how, after eight long years under Barack Obama, the cybersecurity of America’s government and even the president’s own political party remain so pathetically vulnerable?

Again, no consequences.










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billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 6:26 AM
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Very true.
I remember how the media and Obama mocked Romney for his comment at the debate.
They won't admit that he is right
broboxer
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 6:38 AM
I remember Obama mocking him as well.

Quoting billsfan1104: Very true.
I remember how the media and Obama mocked Romney for his comment at the debate.
They won't admit that he is right
Lisa1273
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 6:43 AM

My immediate response after reading that is WOW!!  


GloriousChaos
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 6:43 AM
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So let's just pretend this has some merit for a moment and we should have placed Russia before ISIS on the list of Dangers.

Shouldn't the Republicans be extremely concerned that intelligence agencies are reporting Russia interfered? Shouldn't they be investigating the extensive ties of stump and his staff and his proposed SOS with Russia?

Let's say for a moment it's true: YOU SHOULD BE CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP
billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 7:04 AM
They all did. Even late night talk show hosts. Even the women in this group.

Quoting broboxer: I remember Obama mocking him as well.

Quoting billsfan1104: Very true.
I remember how the media and Obama mocked Romney for his comment at the debate.
They won't admit that he is right
MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 7:57 AM
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First of all President Obama kept quiet on this as to not interefere with the election.

Unlike Comey who had no problem reopenning accusations on Hillarys emails.Yet had no problem keeping a lid on Russia and Trump??Why??

All Americans can see that Russia(Wiki-leaks) and Comey wanted Trump to win the election.

Once again we need to look at congress(not just president Obama)and why they did not make American security tighter??

Now we ALL know why.

And it wasnt to benefit president Obama or Democrats thats for sure!!


broboxer
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM
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During the previous campaign, Romney warned Obama about Russia, Obama mocked him. Fact.

Quoting MomTiara19:

First of all President Obama kept quiet on this as to not interefere with the election.

Unlike Comey who had no problem reopenning accusations on Hillarys emails.Yet had no problem keeping a lid on Russia and Trump??Why??

All Americans can see that Russia(Wiki-leaks) and Comey wanted Trump to win the election.

Once again we need to look at congress(not just president Obama)and why they did not make American security tighter??

Now we ALL know why.

And it wasnt to benefit president Obama or Democrats thats for sure!!

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 8:16 AM
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All the more reason to take hacking charges seriously and investigate, wouldn't you say? Can't have it both ways, you can't gripe about Obama ignoring a threat and then ignore that threat.

Quoting broboxer: During the previous campaign, Romney warned Obama about Russia, Obama mocked him. Fact.

Quoting MomTiara19:

First of all President Obama kept quiet on this as to not interefere with the election.

Unlike Comey who had no problem reopenning accusations on Hillarys emails.Yet had no problem keeping a lid on Russia and Trump??Why??

All Americans can see that Russia(Wiki-leaks) and Comey wanted Trump to win the election.

Once again we need to look at congress(not just president Obama)and why they did not make American security tighter??

Now we ALL know why.

And it wasnt to benefit president Obama or Democrats thats for sure!!

GloriousChaos
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 8:34 AM
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So you believe Russia is a true threat?

Are you supporting McCain and other republicans who want to pursue Russia influencing the election?

Do you object to the use of an oil executive who directly profits from not sanctioning Russia as Secretary of State? Should the CIA continue to look into whether Trump is unduly influenced by Russia?

If you TRULY believe Russia is a threat you should support these things.

If you DON'T then you believe Obama was right.

Which is it?

Quoting broboxer: During the previous campaign, Romney warned Obama about Russia, Obama mocked him. Fact.
Quoting MomTiara19:

First of all President Obama kept quiet on this as to not interefere with the election.

Unlike Comey who had no problem reopenning accusations on Hillarys emails.Yet had no problem keeping a lid on Russia and Trump??Why??

All Americans can see that Russia(Wiki-leaks) and Comey wanted Trump to win the election.

Once again we need to look at congress(not just president Obama)and why they did not make American security tighter??

Now we ALL know why.

And it wasnt to benefit president Obama or Democrats thats for sure!!

SuG4
by Firestarter on Dec. 13, 2016 at 8:36 AM
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I thought Obama mocked Romney for calling Russia the Soviet Union, and that they were a MILITARY threat.

I never thought they were, although there are women in this group who thought that Russia would attack us if Clinton won the election.
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