Eight years of telling the American people all is well and he enemy is within just went out the door as one big lie.
President Obama started his reign of political lies quickly by trying to soften relations with arguably the most dangerous American enemy, Russia. He famously sent former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to offer a “reset” button. That failed and Russia grew stronger.
His internal deceit reared its head again four years later when he mocked the Republican candidate who said Russia is the greatest threat to our country. Obama ignored every Russian act of aggression from invading a neighboring state to computer hacking of American interests to slaughtering civilians in Syria.
Obama’s weak lines in the sand were kicked into dust as Russia grew stronger.
Obama and the Democrats never saw it coming on their watch when Russia hacked into American computers at will for years. Everything illegal done by Russia in cyberspace happened with Obama as commander in chief, the one most responsible for protecting the country.
But as it always has been with Obama, he believes and professes profusely his success no matter how destructive his tenure has been.
He still doesn’t believe he “underestimated” Russian President Vladimir Putin, and stated so in a Sunday news interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation for cyber hacking and so forth to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that I think are accelerating,” Obama said.
It has all accelerated under Obama’s watch. Obama finally decided to confront Russian interference only after his pre-selected successor failed miserably in losing to President-elect Donald Trump.
The president said he ordered a report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election to make sure people understand this is something Putin has been interfering in for “quite some time in Europe.”
“Initially in the former satellite states where there are a lot of Russian speakers, but increasingly in Western democracies,” the president said.
Where was Obama’s concern six months, four years, eight years ago? Attacking such a big enemy didn’t fit into his political narrative until he needed an entity to blame other than himself for election failures.
The intelligence community said in a declassified report released Friday that Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect Trump.
The report said Russia’s goals in the election were to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”
That intelligence report has been questioned as biased to help Obama and lacking details or support throughout the entire intelligence community.
Trump on Saturday tweeted that having a good relationship with Russia is a “good thing.” He also said the only reason the hacking of the Democratic National Committee is now being talked about is because “the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed.”
Obama not only underestimated Putin, he underestimated all other enemies of the United States. His policies have left the country vulnerable to attacks from computer-hacking foreign infiltrators, countries advancing their globalization interests, terrorists on the rise in the Middle East and Europe, and an economy that has left millions of Americans hopeless in finding a job.
One can’t help but be reminded of the president’s 2012 debate, when his opponent former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney asserted that Russia was the biggest geopolitical foe at the time.
“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” Obama retorted.
Here’s that clip:
Obama also underestimated the power of the American voter. His failures are why he’s leaving office knowing his successor is committed to removing Obama’s legacy and strengthening the security of the nation and advancing the economy to help everyone.
Source: The Hill