Anti-Russia Republicans are agreeing with Democrats, claiming that Russia helped Trump become President and must be punished for it.
Paul Ryan, as the leader of the anti-Russia Republicans, could only find fault with Barack Obama for not attacking Russia sooner
Yahoo News reports,
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., thinks the Obama administration was justified in retaliating Thursday against Russia with sanctions for interfering with U.S. institutions. But he said it should’ve been done long ago.
Far from a full-throated endorsement of Obama’s actions, Ryan’s statement condemned the commander in chief for eight years of what he considers “ineffective foreign policy” that left the United States more vulnerable than it was when he took office in 2009. Nevertheless, Ryan agreed that Russia is a threat to global security.
“Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world,” Ryan said shortly after the White House announced the punishments. “While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration’s ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world.”
Russia doesn’t share America’s interests? They obviously don’t share all of them, but the destruction of ISIS and the end of terrorism is an obvious interest they share with us.
The Obama Administration has claimed that Russia helped Trump win, and has shown zero evidence to back up that claim. Why would any Republican join Democrats and the Leftist media in claiming Trump had help from a foreign government?
The article describes Paul Ryan’s statement attacking Russia as “evenhanded.” Trump refusing to believe such an assertion without evidence is somehow less than evenhanded, according to the perspective of the article.
Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain also approved of Barack Obama’s actions against Russia. Unlike Ryan, they didn’t even bother to find reason to criticize Obama.
A few months ago, I claimed that elites hated Trump because he wasn’t anti-Russia enough. The fact that anti-Russia Republicans are publicly making statements against Trump confirms what I wrote then:
Elites hate Trump and the media attacks him for allegedly admiring Vladimir Putin. Even Barack Obama’s refusal to name Islamic extremism as the threat that it is figures into this network of propaganda. Only the Syrian government and its ally Russia are routinely demonized. To mention Islamic radicalism in similar terms brings up the question of why we are making enemies with governments that fight ISIS and oppose jihadists.
I pointed out that a lot of “defense” spending is at stake. Traditional Republicans quite commonly favor policies that bring money to the “defense industry.”
When the people elected Trump, they knew he was not a traditional Republican. They also heard he campaign promises that he would keep us out of needless wars. Republicans have no mandate from the voters to pick a fight with Russia. Paul Ryan should learn to be quiet. We want ISIS defeated, not Russia scapegoated.