Sunday, January 1, 2017
Obama’s hypocrisy when it comes to interference in our politics
NYPOST by Benny Avni --
President Obama’s announced retaliation against Russia’s interference in last month’s presidential election is welcome, but spare us the sermon about interfering in other countries’ politics.
Obama did his utmost to manipulate internal politics in allied countries — and specifically democracies boasting special relationship with America.
He accuses Vladimir Putin’s Russia of violating “established international norms of behavior” by interfering in our political process. So did Obama, although he was never all that successful.
Let’s first stipulate the obvious: The Russian hacking is real. Our infrastructure and some of our most cherished institutions, as well as our political system, are under cyberattack.
So if Obama, in the last three weeks of his presidency, can find ways to instill fear in Moscow and build up some cyber-deterrence, he’ll have used his 11th hour well. It’d be a welcome change, too: The world has stopped fearing America in all other fields during the last eight year.