The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewPaul Craig Roberts Archive
What Is the Obama Regime Up to?
🔊 Listen RSS
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

Obama has announced new sanctions on Russia based on unsubstantiated charges by the CIA that the Russian government influenced the outcome of the US presidential election with “malicious cyber-enabled activities.”

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report “related to the declaration of 35 Russian officials persona non grata for malicious cyber activity and harassment.”

The report is a description of “tools and infrastructure used by Russian intelligence services to compromise and exploit networks and infrastructure associated with the recent U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. government, political and private sector entities.”

The report does not provide any evidence that the tools and infrastructure were used to influence the outcome of the US presidential election. The report is simply a description of what is said to be Russian capabilities. https://diplopundit.net/2016/12/29/dhsfbi-issues-joint-analysis-report-grizzly-steppe-russian-malicious-cyber-activity-read-report/

Moreover, the report begins with this disclaimer: “DISCLAIMER: This report is provided ‘as is’ for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.” https://diplopundit.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/jar_16-20296.pdf

In other words, the report not only provides no evidence of the use of the Russian tools and infrastructure in order to influence the US presidential election, the report will not even warrant the correctness of its description of Russian capabilities.

Thus the DHS report makes it completely clear that the Obama regime has no evidential basis for its allegations on the basis of which it has imposed more sanctions on Russia.

What is going on here?

First there is the question of the legality of the sanctions even if there were evidence. I am not certain, but I think that sanctions require the action of a body, such as the UN Security Council, and cannot legally be imposed unilaterally by one country. Additionally, it is unclear why Obama is calling the expulsion of Russian diplomats “sanctions.” No other country has to do likewise. During the Cold War when diplomats were expelled for spying, it was not called “sanctions.” Sanctions imply more than unilateral or bilateral expulsions of diplomats.

Second, it is clear that Obama, the CIA, and the New York Times are fully aware that the allegation is false. It is also clear that if the CIA actually believes the allegation, the intelligence agency is totally incompetent and cannot be believed on any subject.

Third, President Trump can rescind the sanctions in 21 days, a third reason that the sanctions are ridiculous.

So why are President Obama, the CIA, and the New York Times making charges that they know are false and for which they have not produced a shred of evidence?http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/opinion/president-obama-punishes-russia-at-last.html?_r=1

ORDER IT NOW

One obvious answer is that the neoconized Obama regime is desperate to ruin US-Russian relations past the point that Trump can repair them. As the New York Times puts it, “Mr. Obama’s actions clearly create a problem for Mr. Trump.” The question the New York Times says, is whether Trump “stands with his democratic allies on Capitol Hill or his authoritarian friend in the Kremlin.”

Can Trump’s foreign policy be controlled by false allegations? According to the New York Times, Trump has relented and agreed to being briefed by the CIA about the Russian hacking now that Republicans such as Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham have lined up with Obama and the CIA in accepting charges for which no evidence has been presented. However, a briefing without evidence would seem simply to further discredit the CIA in Trump’s eyes.

As I have emphasized in my columns, facts no longer have a role in the United States and its empire. Allegations alone suffice, whether in court cases, interrogation centers, foreign and domestic policies, or classrooms. The US even bases its military invasions on false allegations—“weapons of mass destruction.” Indeed, the entirely of US foreign policy since the Clinton regime has been based on nothing but false allegations.

The Russian government should have learned by now, but perhaps Moscow still thinks that facts matter in Washington’s decisions.

Possibly we should consider that more is going on than meets the eye. Perhaps the propaganda about the Russian cyber threat to democracy is being used to prepare American and/or European populations for an incident. The CIA has morphed into a “deep state” that uses disinformation and propaganda to align decisions of Congress, the executive branch, and foreign governments with secret behind-the-scenes agendas. Many books, such as Stephen Kinzer’s The Brothers and Douglas Valentine’s CIA As Organized Crime have described some of these secret agendas.

In order to deter Trump from restoring normal relations with Russia, an incident would have to be severe and irreversible. Rather than accept defeat for their agenda of US world hegemony, the neoconservatives are prepared to take high risks. The willingness to take risks is demonstrated by the public effort of the CIA Director to discredit the president-elect.

As expected, Putin’s response to the latest provocation is low key as the “sanctions” appear to be meaningless on the surface. However, in the event that something dangerous is below the surface, the Russian government might want to consider putting its military forces on alert.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Russia 
Hide 14 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
    []
  1. I seem to hear stains of “the mouse who roared” in the air. Clearly our President must be the Mortimer Snerd to some Deep State ventriloquist whose lap he adorns. For an apple polisher deluxe this is the most out of character action imaginable. Payback time, you think? Or maybe the wheels coming off the bus.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

  2. You think that this is all about Trump and Russia, which is perhaps part of it.

    There is, however, another way to look at this: it’s about the Democratic party. The Democratic party has been spectacularly fucked (self-fucked); just think of the DNC ‘get Sanders’ operation. It’s literally a criminal enterprise, with Mr Obama being, at the moment, its criminal boss. The anti-Russian hysteria is his desperate attempt to deflect, to save their skin, their pathetic little ‘cosa nostra’.

  3. Philippic says:

    Come January 21, Trump can order declassification of all the evidence of hacking.

    Until then, it’s wiser to let people apply huge amounts of egg to faces.

  4. rharwell says:

    It’s safe to state Mr. O at this stage (and his war lovers, Russian haters) are not to be trusted. They are far too eager for war with Russia and to stop Trump from getting into the White House–and block any positive efforts he would have with Mr. Putin.

    Mr. O and his war cabal got into bed with Clintonism and have lost all sense of reason. She has been promoting regime change in Russia for decades, using nukes if necessary to bring that about (as well as that in Syria and Iran). I have never considered Mr. O a smart person, but one who can be led (Ohio politicians have that corrupt streak in them) and held on a leash. Now he is showing his true colors as that of a sociopath, a petty, sore loser (with HRC urging him on behind the scenes).

    As I have stated, a win for her is a win even if it destroys the Trump Administration. After all, according to her Putin is Hitler re-incarnated. Assad is a threat to US national security. Iran, well, Iran is Iran and just pisses her off that they won’t kneel to her.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @UuuMmmmmm
  5. Only 20 days left ’til he’s out of there unless this is an effort at a coup to secure “emergency” continuation of his fascistoid regime. It also looks like Trump has already indicated he won’t be boxed in. Too bad he doesn’t take over on new year’s like the California governor.

    • Replies: @Realist
  6. UuuMmmmmm says:
    @rharwell

    Er, except,,…….
    I am proud to say ..’Mr. O’ has nothing to do with Ohio, genius.
    So much for your insights there.

  7. “One obvious answer is that the neoconized Obama regime is desperate to ruin US-Russian relations past the point that Trump can repair them.”

    Senor Trump is also surrounded by Neo-cons.

    The rest is simple”: On the left hand of the puppetmaster the puppet wants war (or Cold War) on Russia. On the right hand of the puppetmaster the puppet wants war with Iran and China.

    What is going on is an attempt along the lines of the US role in fomenting the Sino-Soviet Split, except im reverse.

    The key is that the US puppetmaster is hostile to all the parties, but plans to use one against the other.

    The Trump puppet is Punch–bositerous, unruly, etc. but still a puppet. Clinton was the Judy puppet, but she will soon be replaced with Warren.

    And oh, the Russians have not fallem for the con. But they pretend to have done so.

  8. Realist says:
    @exiled off mainstreet

    “Only 20 days left ’til he’s out of there unless this is an effort at a coup to secure “emergency” continuation of his fascistoid regime.”

    I have stated this in recent posts.

  9. KenH says:

    The question the New York Times says, is whether Trump “stands with his democratic allies on Capitol Hill or his authoritarian friend in the Kremlin.”

    If Trump rescinds the “sanctions” unilaterally imposed by Obama then the media will explode and charge Trump with “being a Putin stooge” and “tool of Russia” and other such tripe so they can pat themselves on the back and crow that they were right about Trump and Putin’s bromance all along.

    ….now that Republicans such as Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham have lined up with Obama and the CIA in accepting charges

    All three are also witting tools of AIPAC and I’m sure that’s just a coincidence in this case.

    It does seem that the establishment is not going quietly into that good night and is trying to box Trump in perhaps by staging an incident so serious that it would force Trump to be a war president from day one. Or, risk impeachment for “treason” or another pretext that is bound to be cooked up by the usual suspects if he doesn’t play along.

    • Replies: @Divine Right
  10. David says:

    Allegations alone suffice, whether in court cases, interrogation centers, foreign and domestic policies, or classrooms.

    Or in PCR’s writings. For example, he several times asserted that the US backed the “coup” in Honduras but never pointed to any evidence.

    But this column is interesting, thoughtful and light on false assertions. It’s a pity he still has to fit in some hypocritical self-aggrandizement.

  11. MarkinLA says:

    Indeed, the entirely of US foreign policy since the Clinton regime has been based on nothing but false allegations.

    SINCE? I seem to remember that we needed to fight them there or we would be fighting them in Oklahoma City when a certain Alzheimers riddled President was messing around in central America.

  12. @KenH

    “If Trump rescinds the “sanctions” unilaterally imposed by Obama then the media will explode and charge Trump with “being a Putin stooge” and “tool of Russia” and other such tripe so they can pat themselves on the back and crow that they were right about Trump and Putin’s bromance all along.”

    That’s why Trump should declassify the evidence and release it publicly before rescinding any sanctions. He should also consider discrediting the CIA by declassifying information regarding some of their more nefarious efforts world-wide efforts and releasing it as well.

  13. Renoman says:

    Devine is the right one.

  14. De Gaulle says:

    Obama does not appear to be in control of his administration. He looks to be a good president but he is a puppet. The recent Obama activities are proof of bad intention toward America. Who is pulling his strings?

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to All Paul Craig Roberts Comments via RSS