Friday, December 30, 2016

Obama Abuses Russia, Which Does Not Repay in Kind


Obama Abuses Russia, Which Does Not Repay in Kind

By Julio Severo
As a tenant who trashes everything when evicted, U.S. President Barack Obama took several offensive actions against Israel and Russia recently, apparently seeking to hit the new White House tenant, President-elect Donald Trump, especially because for Obama, Trump would not have won the U.S. election without Russia’s assistance.
Stung by new punishments by the Obama administration — the closing of two Russian compounds and the expelling of 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. —, Russia did not react in kind and did not expel 35 Americans diplomats. On the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the kids of all U.S. diplomats to the Kremlin’s New Year’s and Christmas parties. In Russia, Christmas happens in January.
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham and chosen to pray officially for Trump in his inaugural, said, “Has Russian President Vladimir Putin been reading his Bible? Is he turning the other cheek? I don’t know, but I find it interesting that he’s not going to retaliate against President Obama whose administration has just ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave this country and two of their U.S. compounds to close.”
Putin’s answer was actually praiseworthy, recognized even by Trump, who said, “Great move… I always knew he was very smart!”
Trump’s move to side with Putin over Obama has been offensive to the left-wing billionaire George Soros and other socialists.
Soros, who supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as well as other liberal causes worldwide, says that the rise of Trump and his affinity for Putin threaten the “democratic” model championed by the European Union.
He remarked that Putin helped Trump win the U.S. election by utilizing social media to disseminate fake news stories, and he is moving against it.
He said that the Russian leader is now using the same tactic to advance European right-wing groups and undermine left-wing governments throughout the EU.
Even though Trump seems to side with Putin, there are uncertainties about how he will actually act on Russia once he takes office Jan. 20. Though he’s praised Putin as a strong leader and said it would be ideal for the U.S. and Russia to join forces against ISIS, warmongering Republicans, who did not support Trump before the election, have for years argued Obama wasn’t tough enough against Russia and the U.S. needs a president to increase pressure on Russia.
“We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia,” said neocon Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Enraging these neocon Republicans, Trump has praised Putin and chosen Rex Tillerson for secretary of state and Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for national security adviser. Both are seen as friendly to Russia.
Throughout his campaign, Trump denounced neocons and promised to fight them. Whether he will prevail or not over them will be one of his major tests.
With information from DailyMail and Associated Press.
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