U.S. intelligence officials clinging to power
“Russia, Russia, Russia,” that’s who the left and some on the right blame or credit for president-elect Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton.
GOP Senator John McCain, chairman of the senate armed services committee, scheduled a hearing, purportedly to get to the bottom of the alleged Russian conspiracy.
But come on — it was really a hearing for the old codger to exert his waning influence as the Trump administration begins to assemble, as well as a deliberate attempt to soil the credibility and legitimacy of the 45th president.
President Barack Obama’s intelligence officials, who were trotted out by the committee to testify, were more than happy to oblige McCain’s smear of Trump (who has vowed to overhaul the nation’s intelligence agencies).
You see, it’s all about these government bureaucrats clinging to their power.
After preparing a top secret 50-page report for Obama, James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testified that he and his comrades believed without a doubt that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 election.
Clapper characterized Russia’s meddling in the election as moving beyond the cyberattack of the Democratic National Committee e-mail to “activism.”
Along with spreading fake news on social media, Clapper said the Kremlin used the Russian government-funded RT America channel to pump out news “disparaging our system, our alleged hypocrisy about human rights.”
Well duh, that’s what the Russians do. RT is a hard charging, anti-American propaganda machine whose mission is to help fulfil Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to make Russia great again on the world stage.
But the bigger problem here was the failure of U.S. intelligence.
“Whatever crack, fissure, they could find in our tapestry … they would exploit it,” Clapper added.
If it turns out that the Kremlin is to blame for the hack, what this looks like is an embarrassment for Obama’s top spies who couldn’t prevent it. Note to Barack Obama: feckless foreign policies have consequences.
U.S. intelligence still isn’t absolutely certain (without a doubt) that Russia interfered with the election. This top-secret report concludes that Putin directed the cyberattacks to rig the election. It also mentioned U.S. intelligence officials intercepted messages from the Russians who cheered Trump’s victory.
I was happy that Trump won and I’m not Russian.
Buried in a Washington Post story, reporters wrote that U.S. officials said “although the messages were seen as strong indicators of Moscow’s intent and clear preference for Trump, they were not regarded as conclusive evidence of Russian intelligence agencies’ efforts to achieve that outcome.”
No wonder Trump is skeptical and dubious of these claims.
The article noted that U.S. officials warned that such communication “signals intelligence” which can be taken out of context and isn’t always reliable, because the Kremlin is a cagey and formidable adversary.
Buried even deeper, the Washington Post reported that the messages from Russian officials revealed that they thought Hillary was going to win, and were stunned when she didn’t.
This “intelligence” report appears to be anything but conclusive.
But that hasn’t stopped the liberal news media and the left from trying to take down Trump — even in the face of his obvious victory and fast-approaching ascension to the presidency.
As I’ve argued on multiple occasions, the “who” behind the leaked e-mails doesn’t change what they say.
Those e-mails exposed to the American people the dishonesty and ruthlessness of the DNC and the liberal media, which colluded with Hillary’s campaign to elect her at any cost — including propagating fake polls. The ever-diligent DNC staff worked assiduously to take out Hillary’s competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in the primaries.
Maybe we actually needed Russia or somebody to dump some intelligence on voters and level the playing field in the 2016 election.
After all, Hillary had the left-wing media trying to dishonestly rig the election in her favour.