In desperation, Obama is working overtime to leave a legacy that he did not work for in his eight years in office. He is now trying, in just six weeks, to burnish a corporatist presidency and Democratic Party with the fantasy image of a caring group who worked tirelessly against great odds for peace, for the environment, for economic policies that benefited all and enriched none, and a foreign policy that promoted peace. He gave endless flows of cash to the big banks, while their leadership continued to ignore the masses and enrich themselves.
Obama and his State Department also led a Kabuki theater group, early in his presidency, that was to give the appearance to the world that the US was really interested in Israeli-Palestinian peace. That little charade lasted until it was shelved when Israel built more housing on contested land and no one in the administration had the cojones to condemn this affront. Despite Israeli PM Netanyahu publicly dissing him he continually turned his back on Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and rewarded this arrogant behavior on the PM’s part by signing a ten-year, multi-billion dollar military weapons deal that no other president had even considered. Thus losing what little leverage we had over Israeli misbegotten policies.
Now to cap this dismal performance off with a final bravado performance, Obama has capitulated to a folly of monumental proportions, the supposed interference of no less than Vladimir Putin, personally, in our presidential election.
By publicly using the CIA’s and FBI’s very suspect “analysis” of Russian interference in our recent election to back up his claim, one can not help but recall Bush’s use of the same sources to rationalize his catastrophic Iraq invasion that continues to reverberate through the region, and the world, fifteen years later. Let us be clear. These agencies do the Presidents bidding, right or wrong.
Let us look closely at what might really be Obama’s reasons for using this dicey “intelligence” to escalate confrontation with Russia that carries many downstream risks…
- On the legacy level it makes him look tough on foreign policy matters (and very Republican).
- It inadvertently reveals his revanchist neo-liberal support of “regime change” foreign policies.
- By featuring the idea that the Russians were responsible for how the election turned out, he allows the narrative to discount the content of the documents that showed the collusion of the Clinton campaign with the DNC to sabotage the Sander’s campaign.
- It is also a pathetic attempt to pull the rug out from under Trump’s only realistic foreign policy position, vis-a-vis Russia, to de-escalate tensions resulting from our neo-liberal participation in the overthrow of the previous Ukrainian government.
The Republicans in congress have delighted in Obama’s policy and their only criticism is that it does not go far enough. So it sets up a key divisive issue between congress and Trump. Trump, for his part is ready later this week with information that may pull the rug out from the CIA-FBI and Obama’s ploy.
Stay tuned for what could be the game changer between peace with Russia or continued confrontation. Putin is playing it cool.