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From the moment President Trump won the 2016 election, the mainstream media started increasing their rhetoric against him. They told us that the Russians somehow helped Trump secure a victory over three-time loser Hillary Clinton. The Deep State pulled every rabbit out of every hat during the Mueller investigation, to the point of charging Trump associates with process crimes, but to no avail. For nearly three years we’ve listened to how Trump was in Putin’s pocket and did his bidding. But, when we look back at how things have transpired since that fateful day, it’s becoming quite clear that it was former President Obama who was doing the heavy lifting for the Kremlin.
Trump Versus Obama
It became clearer in the recent testimony of Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council officer. During her Congressional hearing, Ms. Hill testified that former President Barack Obama ignored the interagency consensus on sending weapons to Ukraine, citing political reasons. The interagency consensus is an umbrella term which loosely translates as, “everyone agrees that this should be the United States strategy”. It was generally believed that America should be sending arms to Ukraine for defense; however Obama wouldn’t allow it to happen. His reason was that he didn’t want to arm the Ukrainians for fear it would upset Russia. Ironically, the interagency consensus today is saying just the opposite, as we learned from Mr. Vindman, who worked for Ms. Hill during her tenure and still serves as Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council.
President Trump did not take the advice of the interagency group, just as Obama didn’t, but for some reason when Trump deviated, it became an impeachable offense. The double standard shows itself once again; a Republican President is investigated, while a Democratic President gets a pass. President Trump did hold up aid to many nations earlier this year due to corruption concerns, but eventually the aid was released. President Trump has shown he is a loyal patriot and supports America first, yet he’s demonized multiple times each day for it. Many media outlets have attempted to show “proof” that Trump is an agent of Russia, but refuse to even look at the numerous things Obama did while in office. During his Presidency, many high-profile events took place that all seem to show support for Russia.
The largest and most documented cover-up took place in 2010, when ARMZ, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rosatom, a nuclear energy conglomerate owned and operated by the Russian government purchased 51% of Uranium One; giving them a controlling interest in the company. Despite the many red flags this transaction should have raised, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the transfer. CFIUS is an inter-agency committee of the federal government charged with oversight. All attempted acquisitions of American assets, by a foreign national government that are considered to be central to American national security require the review and approval of CFIUS. Many media sources have debated whether Hillary Clinton was involved directly in the deal, but there is no concrete proof. Most people find it odd that nine of those foreign investors in the deal gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation upon the deal being closed. Using the U.S. Government as cover, Obama helped the Russians acquire uranium which can be used to make weapons.
Obama's Failed Foreign Policy
Another little reported on topic was when former President Obama cancelled a proposed missile defense system for Europe. The system was being designed to prevent Iran from being able to attack Europe. Vladimir Putin was strongly against it, and Obama once again showed his support for the Kremlin and stopped it from happening. As part of the overall project, missile sites and radar stations were being planned for construction in Poland and the Czech Republic. President Putin was very clear that he felt these were a threat to Russia’s nuclear arsenal. Both nations were extremely disappointed at the decision, especially since they had invested six years’ worth of planning in the joint project. Supporters of former President Obama made claims that by stepping back from any provocative stance, it would be easier to “reset” our relationship with Russia; a relationship which had been distant under former President Bush.
The “Russian reset” was a huge talking point for the Obama Administration, but as we later discovered, it was nothing but lip service. In fact Russia not only continued to be aggressive, but became blatant. The Russian army invaded and still holds portions of Georgia. Obama did nothing from the moment he was elected until the day he left office. He was caught on a hot mic during a public event, pledging flexibility once he was reelected. Later Obama once again did nothing to stop Russian aggression as Russian troops invade Ukraine. Also the Russian annexed Crimea and Obama did nothing. Other things that caused mass speculation during the Obama-era was a radioactive poisoning of a British spy in London, downing of passenger jets over Europe, and events in Syria and Iran.
Syria and the "Red Line"
Former President Obama handed over leadership in the Syrian conflict to Vladimir Putin. The Russian president immediately rearmed Syrian President Bashar Assad. Recall that in 2012, former President Obama drew his “red line” in the sand against Assad. He threatened military force against Syria if chemical weapons were used in the Syrian civil war. Despite the empty-threat, 1,500 people died in August 2013 from deadly chemical attacks. Since then Assad has used a litany of chemical weapons including sarin gas. Obama’s failed to enforce his own “red line” and made America look weak, while allowing Russia to thrive in the war zone.
To make matters worse, former President Obama then went on to forge an agreement with Russia’s ally and one of America’s enemies. He allowed Iran to preserve its nuclear program; which gave them the means to produce nuclear weapons long after he was out of office. Combine this with the fact that Obama slashed American defense spending, weakened the leadership of our military by replacing combat leaders with political leaders. He allowed ISIS to prosper and put our troops in harm’s way. All of these demonstrate his weakness on foreign policy, and a strange loyalty to supporting Putin.
Trump Always Puts America First
In the years following his departure from the Oval Office, there has been much speculation that Obama allowed the innermost workings of the U.S. Government to be infiltrated. Our State Department demonstrates almost daily that our foreign policy, especially concerning the Middle East and areas surrounding Russia, has been compromised. Many bureaucrats placed by the Obama Administration are more loyal to outside interests rather than American ones. President Trump is slowly exposing the inner-workings of the Obama Deep State, but it has proven to be a difficult battle.
President Trump has been strong on Russia from the beginning of his term. He’s pushed for NATO countries to increase their defense spending while simultaneously increasing our national defense budget. He’s provided weapons to Ukraine to fight back against Russian aggression. Trump has expelled over 60 Russian diplomats from the United States. Through diplomacy, he got Germany to cancel a huge contract for Russian natural gas, hurting Putin’s main source of funding. He also used strategic military strikes against Russian troops in Syria, killing over 200. Independent analysts say Trump has been tougher on Russia than any President in modern history.
© 2019 Ralph Schwartz
James A Watkins from Chicago on November 29, 2019:
You are absolutely right. Obama was in Putin's pocket and as always the Left projects their own sins onto those they hate.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 23, 2019:
Great explanations and background info, but can you tell me why funds to Ukraine were postponed? Seems they were only released after a whistleblower stepped forward. Seems like the testimonies all point to lots of evidence of a deal being cooked up contingent on an announcement of investigations to benefit the Prez politically. That's what I'm concerned about in the present. That and all the folks locked up connected with Trump. It seems weird to me. Explain Rudy and his cronies. Great article, add all that stuff, and you've got a winner.
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on November 23, 2019:
you would think so - but he was a Democrat
The Logician from then to now on on November 22, 2019:
Tell me Ralph, when Obama was caught on an open mic telling Medvedev to tell Putin he’d have more flexibility after the election isn’t that evidence of Obama asking for a quid pro quo with Russia? Withholding flexibility to them for political reasons, the election?