Barack Obama used his remaining days in office to fabricate a Russia conspiracy and NYT spins it as an attempt to get the truth out.
Of course, rather than admit the creation of an anti-Trump Russia conspiracy theory, the New York Times headline claims Obama and his minions “Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.” Notice that they don’t claim anyone rushed to preserve evidence of such hacking, because then they would have to explain why it disappeared. There was nothing to preserve but allegations.
In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.
American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.
Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.
In other words, this misinformation campaign wasn’t only from rogue anonymous intelligence bureaucrats. It was from Obama himself—at the same time he was pushing BS clichés about how a “democracy” was able to enact a “peaceful transition of power” he was arranging for the CIA coup.
The deep state knew this was obvious, so they arranged for this story to spin it as an attempt to preserve the record from the evil Donald Trump’s interference. Rob Lowry points out how this story could be designed to tell the exact opposite of the truth:
By setting up a false narrative the media can then deliver this Leftist fantasy:
Mr. Trump has denied that his campaign had any contact with Russian officials, and at one point he openly suggested that American spy agencies had cooked up intelligence suggesting that the Russian government had tried to meddle in the presidential election. Mr. Trump has accused the Obama administration of hyping the Russia story line as a way to discredit his new administration.
I don’t want to leave the impression that Russia is being attacked because it is a way to delegitimize Donald Trump. Justin Raimondo recently reminded us that the same anti-Trump forces have been gunning for the Putin regime for a while.
As Glenn Greenwald writes in a recent piece in The Intercept:
“[I]t’s used to avoid confronting the fact that Trump is a by-product of the extraordinary and systemic failure of the Democratic Party. As long as the Russia story enables pervasive avoidance of self-critique – one of the things humans least like to do – it will continue to resonate no matter its actual substance and value.”
Well, yes, but the fact is that Mrs. Clinton likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler well before the 2016 election, and the same Democratic party foreign policy mandarins – Strobe Talbott comes to mind – were busy whipping up Russophobic sentiment in the years preceding Trump’s victory at the polls. Greenwald points out that President Obama’s policy toward Russia wasn’t at all Clintonian, but this is only true if one fails to look beneath the surface. The roots of the current hysteria were laid during his reign: after all, the US-German-EU effort to overthrow the democratically elected President of Ukraine, and the installation of a “pro-Western” regime, occurred while Obama was in the White House. The Magnitsky Act, targeting top Russian officials, was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2012.
And so while the present quite extraordinary campaign to portray Russia as our Major Adversary has been given considerable impetus by the Democratic party elites, eager to explain away their humiliating defeat – and discredit the current occupant of the White House – there’s much more to it than that.
Raimondo lists four reasons for the anti-Russia propaganda campaign. The second was the most interesting to me: there are exiled oligarchs who looted Russia during Boris Yeltsin’s presidency. They had to flee the country with their ill-gotten wealth after Putin came to power. They want to return, but they can’t while Putin is in charge. But they have plenty of money to buy up media outlets and to “lobby on behalf of the arms industry, and the political forces that stand to gain from the anti-Russian campaign.”
Of course, we already know that the Clintons were bought and paid for by the Saudis, who want the U.S. to engage in regime change in Syria and Iran. Russia is an ally to both non-Sunni governments and threatens to defeat Saudi-backed jihadists.
Thus, Barack Obama likely saw Russia as a way to attack Trump, but also saw Trump as a way to attack Russia.