In an op-ed for the New York Post, National Review’s Rich Lowry announced that there really was a Russian puppet in the White House — and his name was Barack Obama.
In the Monday piece, Lowry wrote that “circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels,” but that it was done during the Obama administration.
“He re-set with Russia shortly after its clash with Georgia in 2008,” Lowry wrote. “He concluded the New START agreement with Moscow that reduced our nuclear forces but not theirs. When candidate Mitt Romney warned about Russia in the 2012 campaign, Obama rejected him as a Cold War relic.”
“The president then went on to forge an agreement with Russia’s ally Iran to allow it to preserve its nuclear program. During the red-line fiasco, he eagerly grasped a lifeline from Russia at the price of accepting its intervention in Syria. He never budged on giving Ukraine ‘lethal’ weapons to defend itself from Russian attack,” Lowry continued.”
“Finally, Obama cut US defense spending and cracked down on fossil fuels — a policy that Russia welcomes, since its economy is dependent on high oil prices.”
And the chickens have now come home to roost, Lowry argued.
“The cost of Obama’s orientation toward Russia became clearer over the last two weeks. When he pulled up short from enforcing his red line, an agreement with the Russians to remove Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons became the fig leaf to cover his retreat,” Lowry said.
“Even if Obama eventually got tougher on Russia — imposing sanctions after the Ukraine invasion and sending contingents of US troops to countries near Russia — he never entirely shed his reflex toward accommodation.”
Lowry is 100 percent right. The Democrats’ neo-John Bircher hysteria over Russia may have reached a fever pitch now, but that’s mostly because it’s a convenient excuse as to why they lost the presidential election.
It’s worth pointing out that the president Donald Trump did something Obama never would: strike back at Russia’s client state of Syria after Assad used chemical weapons.