Putin Goes High When Obama Goes Low
In a move reminiscent of Michelle Obama’s remarks from the 2016 Democratic convention when she said, “When they go low, we go high,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin refused to respond in kind when our President Barack Obama does one of the pettiest moves of his presidency.
On Thursday, the outgoing Obama announced the expulsion of thirty-five Russian diplomats from the United States. The president revoked their diplomatic immunity and they must head back to Russia on Sunday. This comes at the most inopportune time because of the holiday season and finding a flight back home is very difficult. Knowing this fact, Russia is sending a government aircraft to pick up the expelled officials and their families.
The expulsion of these diplomats is in retaliation to allegations that the Russian government hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee which were leaked by Wikileaks. Although Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has denied that leaks were given to him by Russia, it is being reported that several intelligence agencies are making a direct connection to Putin and the Russian government.
Interesting enough, these intelligence agencies first notified the Obama administration of potential Russian hacking eighteen months ago but the president did absolutely nothing although he stated that he told Putin, “Cut it out!”
The email leaks revealed certain unflattering things about the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign team. In the primary against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was colluding with the Clinton team to insure her victory in the primaries. One of the leaked emails revealed that the Clinton team wanted to find a way to attack Bernie’s religious views in the Bible Belt South. Another email showed their strong distaste for the Catholic religion stating the church is in need of a “Catholic spring.” Wasserman-Schultz had to resign from her post as DNC chair because of the hacks but the leaked emails also revealed that her replacement, Donna Brazile, may had gave Hillary questions ahead of time before one of the debates when Brazile was working for CNN.
Of course, the hacked emails highlighted Hillary’s corruption problems to the American people and in addition to the FBI director James Comey publicly calling her handling of government email “reckless and irresponsible,” it was easy for her opponent, Donald Trump, to paint her as “Crooked Hillary Clinton” and the “most corrupt person to seek the presidency.”
The American people did not trust her and that is why they did not elect her.
Since her epic fail to capture the presidency, the Democrats have been endlessly blaming Putin and Russia for the hacks. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) inferred that the Russians were deliberately helping Trump to win the election against Hillary and called for an investigation to look into the allegations to “deter and defend against further cyber attacks.”
An anonymous senior US official stated to the Washington Post, “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected.”
Throughout all these allegations, Putin has flatly denied that they had anything to do with the hacking and President-Elect Trump has refuted the allegations as well, “I don’t believe they (Russia) interfered. Could be Russia and it could be China and it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
However, the current president has led the onslaught against Russia and by kicking out those 35 Russian diplomats is his way of seeking revenge. On the other side of the world instead of sinking down to Obama’s level, Putin wished Obama, Trump and the United States a “Happy New Years” and invited the children of US diplomats in Russia to the Kremlin’s New Years’ party.