Over the last year, there’s been much noise in liberal news outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN about Russian influence on the American political system. And as it turns out, progressive talk of Russian infiltration of our government at the highest levels might in fact be truer than most people realize.
Increasingly, there’s evidence that the United States has looked the other way at Russian military aggression, agreed to one-sided nuclear deals favoring Russia, pretended that Russia is no longer the major geopolitical threat it once was and has given the country a foothold in the Middle East.
This is all in addition to the U.S. cracking down on global fossil fuel use, driving up the prices of Russian oil and gas — moves that put a smile on the face of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. And who was responsible for these moves? Why, it was none other than the president of the United States at the time — Barack Hussein Obama.
Yes, in fact, it may be true that Obama — not President Trump — may be more responsible for the growth of Russian power and influence in global affairs than any other American leader in history.
To be precise, in 2009, Obama “re-set” the United States’ relationship with Russia when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bafflingly handed then-Russian President Dimitri Medvedev a bright-red plastic “reset button” at a diplomatic ceremony. (Perhaps Russia used the button on the day of the 2016 American election?) This reset came in spite of obvious Russian violations of cease-fires in the Russo-Georgian War in the previous year, among other offenses.
In 2010, Obama signed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Moscow that called for an effective reduction in American nuclear missile launching mechanisms, but not Russian ones. In 2012, when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised the specter of Russia as a geopolitical foe, Obama called this idea a relic of the Cold War. In 2015, Obama made his disastrous nuclear deal with Iran — a major Russian ally — that allowed the former country to preserve its nuclear program pretty much intact.
In Syria, after a horrible Sarin gas attack in 2013, Obama allowed Russia to step in to work with the Middle Eastern nation to remove chemical weapons stocks, a step that likely never was completed, based on the most recent attack there that occurred this month.
In the process, Obama implicitly gave Russia permission to expand its foothold in the country, which allowed a military stalemate to develop, as the U.S. cannot proceed with airstrikes there as long as Russian jets and troops maintain a significant presence.
Obama’s second Secretary of State John Kerry oversaw several cease-fire agreements in Syria, but each time, the Obama administration gave the OK to “moderate rebels” in the country to violate them. Russia then bolstered the regime of Bashar Assad, creating a flow of refugees from that country’s civil war into Europe and a demand that the U.S. accept these refugees as well, which worked in the interests of globalists like Obama.
This flow was further enabled by the U.S. destruction of the Libyan government under Muammar Gaddafi, which allowed migrants unfettered access to the shores of the Mediterranean.
By contrast, President Trump has attempted to halt this refugee flow to the United States with his travel ban and has sent a strong warning to Russia regarding Assad with his recent strike on a Syrian airfield. But Trump still has to contend with the fact that Obama’s actions in Libya had the effect of pushing China and Russia together in the UN Security Council, moving them to vote as a bloc and inhibit U.S. initiatives there.
Obama also held back from giving nationalist forces in Ukraine the lethal weaponry they needed to defend themselves from Russian attack in 2015, despite the U.S.’s helping to sponsor the overthrow of that country’s previous constitutional government.
Meanwhile, Obama slashed U.S. defense spending, effectively making the Russian military more powerful. Putin took control of Crimea in Ukraine — an important strategic region offering easy access to the Mediterranean, the Balkan region and the Middle East. He then built up Russian domestic food production to replace imports that had been cut by sanctions imposed on Russia by Obama. Now, that same food outsells Moscow’s weapons when Russia exports it.
And because Ukraine severed financial ties with Russia, the former country is no longer an economic competitor to Putin’s government. This action also had the effect of a million Ukrainians moving to Russia, forming a new low-cost Russian-speaking labor pool for the latter country and giving it a demographic boost.
Whereas previously, Ukraine was able to play games with Russia regarding pipelines flowing through its territory, now Russia’s hands are untied, which has had the effect of providing Russia new pipeline deals with Germany and Turkey. In the meantime, the new Ukrainian government is highly dependent on the United States for vital handouts.
After all this, in the last days of his presidency, Obama talked up the threat of “Russian aggression” and potential “Russian invasion” of the Baltic Republics of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia (for which no evidence existed) and forced NATO to hold useless military exercises on the Russian border, depriving the organization of legitimacy even as then-President-elect Trump criticized it.
And finally, Obama chose to throw his support behind hopelessly corrupt and inept Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, helping to ensure the win of a president who’s much friendlier to the Russian regime and is more eager to make deals with it than Clinton would ever have been.
In all, it’s difficult not to conclude that President Obama was anything other than a Russian stooge during his tenure — likely not via his conscious efforts, but largely because of his weakness and naïveté.
Does anyone recall Obama saying on a hot mic that he could offer Vladimir Putin “more flexibility” after the 2012 elections? In essence, Obama was colluding with the same enemy that he’s recently accused the Trump administration of consorting with. His ‘Kompromat’ (Russian for “compromising material”) in this case was his own foolishness.
Perhaps it’s Obama that should have been awarded the Russian Order of Friendship, rather than new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2013.