In case you hadn’t heard, President Obama responded to Russia’s cyber attack by expelling diplomats and levying new sanctions against the country. That move would almost certainly lead to some sort of retaliation from Putin and the Russian government, right?
Well, not this time.
In a rather stunning move (until you realize Putin’s long-con with supporting Trump), the Russian president/dictator has said that he doesn’t plan to respond to President Obama’s move to remove diplomats and impose new sanctions against Russia.
“While we reserve the right to take reciprocal measures, we’re not going to downgrade ourselves to the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy,” Putin said. “In our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia-United States relations, we will proceed from the policy pursued by the administration of D. Trump.”
At this point I feel it’s important to emphasize that this is the leader of a country who practically all of our national intelligence agencies have confirmed ordered a cyber attack against the United States. Yet Putin seems supremely confident that Trump’s not going to do anything about the fact that he ordered an attack against this country.
Putin’s avoiding doing something he almost certainly would have done had anyone else been elected president (retaliate against new sanctions and expelling diplomats), because he knows this move plays right into the incompetence and ego of Donald Trump. He can use this opportunity to act as if he’s “taking the high road” as his “proof” that he has a legitimate desire to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia — even though he just ordered a cyber attack against us.
You have to be an absolute fool not to see what this is about.
I would also like to point out that it’s not as if the United States hasn’t wanted a better relationship with Russia. It’s not our fault that Putin has ordered political rivals killed, all but eliminated freedom of the press in his country, and invaded Ukraine.
Remember when Republicans publicly mocked the whole “reset button” President Obama and Hillary Clinton supported in an effort to improve our relationship with Russia? They called Obama and Clinton weak and foolish for trusting Putin and the Russian government. As much as I hate having to say it, they were right about that.
However, now we have a Republican president-elect who’s not only refused to speak negatively about a nation our intelligence agencies say attacked us, he’s made it a point of emphasis to say that he wants to do the very same thing his own party mocked President Obama and Hillary Clinton for doing — trying to improve our relationship with Putin.
It’s obvious that Putin has absolutely no desire to have any sort of relationship with the United States that doesn’t include us bending to his will. This is the reason why the “reset” failed and the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has been so contentious. He’s fine working with any nation just as long as they’re doing what he wants them to do. Something Putin seems absolutely confident he can con Trump into doing.
That’s why Putin’s decided not to retaliate against the United States for President Obama’s expulsion of diplomats and added sanctions. He’s well aware that we’re about to replace a president who he can’t manipulate with an incompetent puppet who he’ll be able to easily outsmart at every turn.
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