OBAMA ORDERS SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA. BUT WHY NOW?
by John Hinderaker at PowerLine:
“Today, while on vacation in Hawaii, President Obama announced mild sanctions against Russia, which he attributed to Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and also to unspecified harassment of U.S. diplomats. The Associated Press reports:
In a sweeping response to election hacking and other meddlesome behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S.
The press uses the phrase “election hacking” deliberately, I suspect, to convey the false impression that Russia somehow altered vote totals in Donald Trump’s favor. No such claim has been made. “Election hacking” refers to someone’s breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s email system, and possibly into Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, although the reporting on that intrusion is not clear……” Please continue reading below: