Putin and the Russian Hackers

You’ve gotta be quick around here.  Before I had a chance to write a post on this story, I saw Streetwise Professor had already said everything I was going to.  Never mind I thought, I can emphasise the main point.  Nope, Mick Hartley as already said it:

Well, this must’ve been a chilling moment for Putin:

President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia’s Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election.

Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: “Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”

The president said he had warned Mr Putin of serious consequences at a summit in September.

A month later, the US accused Russia of meddling in its democratic process.

Feeling the full force of Obama’s wrath there. “You just cut it out, you big bully. Or else….or else….”

It’s another one of his famous red lines, like Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

Obama is cutting an increasingly pitiful figure as his lame-duck Presidency comes to an end.  Who does he think he’s fooling with this “tough talk” when he has just over a month to go in office?

Putin must be laughing his socks off.  Every time he opens a western newspaper he learns that he is the orchestrator of every political development the Establishment classes find upsetting.  There’s an old Jewish joke that goes like this:

An elderly Jewish man is sitting on a park bench reading Reverend Farrakhan’s newspaper. His best friend walks by, sees the paper, and stops — in shock.

“What are you doing reading that crappy newspaper?” he says incredulously.

“Better, you should be reading the Jewish Magazine!”

The elderly man replies, “The Jewish Magazine has these sad and disturbing stories about intermarriage, anti-Semitism, problems in Israel — all kinds of troubles of the Jewish people. I like to read about good news.

In Farrakhan’s paper, he says the Jews have all the money … the Jews control the banks… the Jews control the press … the Jews control Hollywood…the Jews are going to steal Iran oil. With this anti-semite newspaper I get to read about good news!”

I imagine this is how Putin feels these days.

Regarding whether Putin’s army of hackers swung the election for Trump, this article says it all.

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20 thoughts on “Putin and the Russian Hackers

  1. As far as I know, no evidence at all has been found of this alleged hacking of the DNC. One chap claims that the DNC “hacks” weren’t hacks but leaks, which were handed to him in a covert meeting in NYC.

    If the Russkis hacked Hellary’s server with a view to embarrassing her, why didn’t they release her ‘deleted’ e-mails?

  2. Its pitiful.

    You have Obama presiding over their departure from Iraq and Afghanistan, something that we don’t talk about in the family.

    Then we have Putin the opportunist taking Crimea and now victorious in re-establishing Russia in the Mid East and a major player in the Arab world.

    Wouldn’t it be just if Putin was also responsible for the end of the dreadful drone that is the BBC. I am staying in a hotel and watched the Beeb coverage on this and Aleppo, it now appears that they have lost all desire to appear impartial.

  3. @Bardon: It is not news any more; it is re-education. You will learn to accept the dominant left-wing view, and better still, you will pay — on threat of imprisonment — for the privilege of being lectured to.

    I would agree, Mr Tim, on the sad but largely expected fading of Obama’s lame duck presidency. He rarely cut an imposing figure in full flow (despite Al-Beeb’s strenuous efforts to make him look statesmanlike) but at the end he is just a bitter man showing how feeble his acuity. For the smartest man in the room, he seems unable to have the smarts to bow out gracefully.

    Also the Jewish joke was great.

  4. A slightly different version of that has always been my favourite (my business is in trouble, my wife won’t talk to me and the children despise me but hey, I secretly rule the world!)

    It has been my general observation over the years that the left care little what occurs outside their borders, giving priority to retaining power inside. There are obvious exceptions but Obama is no different in that respect.

  5. American foreign policy has been in the hands of three dud, two-term Presidents in a row: Slick Willie, W, and O. So perhaps it should be no surprise that the US is being routinely outmanoeuvred by a regime that is not only thuggish, but seems to be intelligent, rational, cautious, and well informed. Given Russia’s economic and demographic problems, it’s a remarkable achievement. They’d better not push their luck though.

  6. dearieme,

    As far as I know, no evidence at all has been found of this alleged hacking of the DNC. One chap claims that the DNC “hacks” weren’t hacks but leaks, which were handed to him in a covert meeting in NYC.

    Exactly. “Blame Russia” is simply a handy excuse.

    So perhaps it should be no surprise that the US is being routinely outmanoeuvred by a regime that is not only thuggish, but seems to be intelligent, rational, cautious, and well informed. Given Russia’s economic and demographic problems, it’s a remarkable achievement. They’d better not push their luck though.

    Indeed.

  7. RlJ,

    It has been my general observation over the years that the left care little what occurs outside their borders, giving priority to retaining power inside. There are obvious exceptions but Obama is no different in that respect.

    True.

  8. Watcher,

    He rarely cut an imposing figure in full flow (despite Al-Beeb’s strenuous efforts to make him look statesmanlike) but at the end he is just a bitter man showing how feeble his acuity. For the smartest man in the room, he seems unable to have the smarts to bow out gracefully.

    Indeed. For all his faults, George Bush seems to have cut an extremely graceful and respectable figure in retirement. I suspect Obama and his wife will not refrain from keeping their mouths shut once they leave office (like Blair and Cherie couldn’t), and will become an utter liability to the Democrats.

  9. Bardon,

    Then we have Putin the opportunist taking Crimea and now victorious in re-establishing Russia in the Mid East and a major player in the Arab world.

    Indeed. Syria is the beating heart of the Middle East, Russia’s future arms sales alone should reach at least $100.

  10. Yes, another good example of this masterstroke is the live marketing showcase of its military products and the increase in sales that this brings. It will be interesting to see if this strategic victory extends to the economy as well.

  11. It will be interesting to see if this strategic victory extends to the economy as well.

    Oh, I’m sure it will. The Americans will soon learn the stupidity of developing expensive precision weapons when the future of warfare lies in the wholesale flattening of cities.

  12. “when the future of warfare lies in the wholesale flattening of cities”

    Well it has happened before and it will happen again. Take “Mad Dog” Mattis the new US Secretary of State who earned his nickname for razing Fallujah to the ground, a flattening event that never done his military career path any harm.

  13. Take “Mad Dog” Mattis the new US Secretary of State who earned his nickname for razing Fallujah to the ground

    Well, the media – who didn’t know any better – thought Fallujah was razed to the ground before the Russians showed us how to do it properly. Hence the new found admiration for Russia in the Middle East and elsewhere.

  14. Well maybe the Western media still dont know any better and maybe they still don’t like him in the West either. Afterall why would they say that Putin proposing and taking firm steps to solve the Syrian situation in a peace conference to be held in Kazakhstan with a stakeholder inclusive process to be the most dangerous occurrence of all?

    “The third aspect is diplomatic: namely, Russia’s bid to take charge of peace negotiations that until now have been overseen by the UN and largely driven by the US and the EU. Putin’s unilateral announcement of ceasefire talks in Kazakhstan later this month, co-sponsored by Turkey and excluding the western powers, illuminates his ambition to elevate Russia as the Middle East’s premier power-broker and sideline the US and Europe. By posing as peacemaker, Putin hopes to confound those who accuse him of barbarism and war crimes. In Putin’s old KGB playbook about ends and means, a Russian-imposed settlement in Syria, however crude, would justify his brutal and illegal methods. For the world at large, that is the most dangerous outcome of all.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/18/observer-view-middle-east-putin-obama-aleppo

  15. Afterall why would they say that Putin proposing and taking firm steps to solve the Syrian situation in a peace conference to be held in Kazakhstan with a stakeholder inclusive process to be the most dangerous occurrence of all?

    Because they are clueless. But I’ll believe the process is “stakeholder inclusive” when the Syrians, Iranians, Turks, and Russians have emerged with a plan that they have all agreed to. Thus far, they haven’t managed to agree on what to do with the survivors in Aleppo. The EU and America should leave them to it, in fact I think they should be thanking Putin for stepping into this mess and taking possession of it.

  16. But would the Saudis, George Osborne and probably Israel just allow the EU and Americans to leave Russia to it?

  17. But would the Saudis, George Osborne and probably Israel just allow the EU and Americans to leave Russia to it?

    I don’t think Israel wants to get involved. They might have serious concerns about an Iranian-controlled Syria fielding Shia militias against Israel, but that’s nothing new. The Saudis, Qataris, and other Gulf States will do everything they can to disrupt it, for sure. As for the EU, they’ll make enough noises to demonstrate their impotence and nothing more.

  18. The inevitable crash of the Euro program and the resultant cracks in NATO resolve is yet another aspect to Putins opportunist time in the sun.

  19. The inevitable crash of the Euro program and the resultant cracks in NATO resolve is yet another aspect to Putins opportunist time in the sun.

    I guess it keeps the focus away from Russians dying from drinking cosmetics.

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