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.