In an op-ed for the New York Post, National Review’s Rich Lowry decided that there really was a Russian puppet in the White House – Barack Obama.
In the piece, Lowry wrote that “circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels,” but 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 U.S. defense spending and cracked down on fossil fuels — a policy that Russia welcomes, since its economy is dependent on high oil prices.”
Lowry then continued with the following:
“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 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 U.S. troops to countries near Russia — he never entirely shed his reflex toward accommodation.”
Lowry is correct. The Democrats’ hysteria over Russia may have reached a fever pitch, but that is because it is an excuse as to why they lost the election.
For all the talk about President Donald Trump to be a Kremlin puppet, it is worth noting that the president did something Obama never would: strike at Russia’s client state of Syria after Assad used chemical weapons.
The thing that necessitated that? Obama’s accommodation that bordered on appeasement.
There was a Kremlin puppet in the White House, but luckily he is gone now.