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Putin Exposes Obama’s Lame Duck Attempt to Start a New Cold War by Refusing to Retaliate

Russian President Vladimir Putin broke with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — who had earlier vowed to expel 35 U.S. diplomats in response to the same move by the Obama administration — announcing Russia would not stoop to unilateral pettiness displayed by outgoing American leadership, stating:

“We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts.”

Further, Putin deftly admonished the timing of actions by the U.S., promising American diplomats in Russia would encounter no restrictions of movement or business — and even extended a personal invitation their children spend the New Year holiday celebrating around the Christmas tree at the Kremlin.

Yesterday, the White House issued an eleventh-hour amendment to a 2015 Executive Order allowing proportional cyber and military response to attacks on “critical infrastructure” to include State actors who “[t]amper with, alter, or cause a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.”

By so doing, the administration was then able to issue sanctions against Russian entities and individuals — including the expulsion of 35 diplomats from the United States within 72 hours of the decree, and barring entry to two compounds — as a response for allegations ‘Russian hackers’ had interfered in the presidential election.

Obama boldly declared “data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government” — intimating these actions were coordinated from as high a position as Putin, himself — an accusation previously and repeatedly laughed off by Russian officials.

Indeed, no proof of the ‘hackers’ claim has yet been offered — a joint ‘report’ from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation released the same day bore no evidence Russian State actors had meddled in the electoral process, much less hacked systems of the Democratic Party or the election.

Notably, that joint ‘report’ even came with a disclaimer which, in essence, says DHS does not back the information it contains, stating,

“This report is provided ‘as is’ for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.”

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Russian politicians expressed disgust with the moves by the Obama administration — undertaken despite the complete lack of evidence Russia had done anything wrong — as a provocation from a moot regime on its way out of office.

Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, replied to the expulsion of diplomats and barring of entry into two Russian-owned compounds located inside the U.S., noting,

“I can only reconfirm this hysteria demonstrates the complete lack of orientation by the outgoing U.S. administration.”

Lavrov balked at the overtly aggressive actions, stating publicly the moves could not go unanswered:

“Of course, we cannot leave such mischievous tricks without a response. Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and of international relations.”

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the International Committee of the Russian Upper House of Parliament, told RIA Novosti, as cited by the Observer,

“The leaving administration has no reason and no political or moral right for such drastic and disruptive steps with regards to bilateral relations with Russia. Forgive me for being harsh, but I just cannot find other words: this is the agony of not the lame ducks, but of political corpses. [President Obama] put at stake the US’ reputation as an adequate state that ensures policy continuity in the process of change of power.”

Putin — seemingly the only cool head in heightening tensions between the two former Cold War foes — decided against the tit-for-tat actions traditionally permitted under rules of international diplomacy, and instead brutally but flatly excoriated the Obama regime, noting:

“It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner.”

In one fell swoop — with an iciness biting to the bone — it appears Putin can be declared the victor in this absurd and unnecessary battle of will.

  • Tom Birmingham

    IF you haven’t noticed over the last couple of years. Putin is a dictator. He has killed people that disagree with him on the steps of their work. He has invaded his neighbors, waged secret wars and has put several countries on an edge they havent’ been since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    • Phil Freeman

      The US is number one terrorist nation on earth, head to head with Israel. Putin is a saint.

      • FiuToYou

        Agree 1000 thumbs up. You can see that simply in the way Putin responds to Obummer! There’s class and then there’s ass! Guess who!!!!

    • John Lawrence

      I doubt anyone’s going to claim the man’s a saint, but a couple things. First, everyone knows political figures in the states have been doing that same kind of stuff as far back as they go, so they’re not exactly innocent either. Second, no one in the government has produced any credible evidence he had anything to do with the election, and if Clinton had won, I guarantee this situation wouldn’t even be happening. Third, nothing will change regardless of who sits in the power until the wealthy elite are all put to the sword – the Rothchilds, the Soros, the Rockefellers, the Kissingers, the Saudi Royal Family, all those power-hungry lunatics who think they own the world, as well as all the people who are on their payroll, which include the media and the like. Unfortunately, since most people are too lazy, stupid, complacent or brainwashed to do so, it’ll continue till the day the sun implodes. Me? I personally enjoy watching stupid people starting shit with other stupid people and seeing how things turn out. Call it a guilty pleasure, but it feels like I’m one of the only ones left who sees things like that despite how grossly average people outnumber the elite and still do nothing about it.

      • FiuToYou

        I bet the house that Amerika has done worse then all the rest put together except Mid East Iran and China. Hell Clintons have been real nasty!

      • Murray Smith

        I can’t understand how after 9/11 and the Iraq WMD’s fiasco that people still swallow this shit in such large numbers. It doesn’t make sense. Everything Tom says applies to every US administration since WW2. But don’t blink or your world might change. Can’t have that can we.

      • Anthony Burkett

        Touche to you, John… Outstanding editorial… I must be in your club…. 😀 !

      • Bryan

        “When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” – George Carlin

    • MrRottenTreats

      Don’t bother trying to explain logic to these people. This site is all about truthiness. If it feels right, it must be.

    • Steve

      And your country has never done any such thing, right?

    • Lurdes

      WTF you are talking about? oh wait, you are talking about the ruling class in America, right?

    • Pavel Dokukin

      Name one person he killed.
      He never invaded anyone. It is USA who spend millions of dollars to have ultra nationalists to take over Ukraine, which lead to civil war and Annexation of Crimea.
      If you want to talk about secret wars than you shall mentions all of countries that CIA went in and overthrew democratically elected leaders in order to install US friendly dictators.
      As far as invading foreign countries-MILLIONS are dead in Iraq ALONE. Where are WMDs. Im sure dumb ass fucktard like you believed in taht blatant LIE and propoganda.
      The worse part this actions will go on as long as morons like you exist. Stop watching fox news and get some real news.

    • Anthony Burkett

      OMG! Don’t get me started about what we’ve done… Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt… The entire Middle-East is in flames because of US… and if you want to talk about the killing of one’s political opponents… one has no further to look than the Clinton’s debauchery… Get a clue, Tom, people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

      • gininitaly

        ….. + Mexico, South America, Vietnam, Haiti, Cuba, East Timor, Diego Garcia etc etc etc.

        • macnicolson

          More recently Ukraine, Honduras and Brazil

    • gininitaly

      And we are any better.. how? We’ve waged undeclared wars over the last century all across the world, killed and displaced millions, exist solely for the profit and imperialist ambitions of the .01 percent to rule the world and criminalize, torture and kill our own citizens. When was the last time you remember the US government giving anything to it’s people other than abuse and grief?

      • Ranaverde

        Did he say U.S. was better? If I say I don’t like chocolate ice cream does necessarily follow that I must love vanilla?

    • David Merrigan

      Like Obama, you’ll need proof Tom. I haven’t noticed as I live in the UK. Where did you notice it from Tom? Also, have a look at the definition of a dictator and lets not talk about countries on edge for fear of Russia. We all know who the war monger of the world is.

      • Ranaverde

        So if one is critical of Putin, you are suggesting that it necessarily follows that they are not critical of the Obama administration? Can’t we just be against proxy wars, against tyranny by any nation? Why do we have to pick one we like?

    • Peter Olvecký

      Tom, you are using words you don’t understand – dictator, for instance. I think you should go back to school first and then try to debate adult people again. I think you perfectly illustrate the problem – undereducated ignorant people with voting rights.

      • Ranaverde

        So if one is critical of Putin, you are suggesting that it necessarily follows that they are not critical of the Obama administration? Can’t we just be against proxy wars, against tyranny by any nation? Why do we have to pick one we like?

      • Ranaverde

        Would you consider Russia’s elections fair? Vocal opposition is suppressed, fraudulent votes added to the pro-government party, the voting process is greatly manipulated. While not an outright dictatorship, it’s not exactly democratic.

        • Peter Olvecký

          No time to reply to your assumptions but you have actually proved my point so I leave you and Tom with that. Wish you all the best in 2017!

          • Ranaverde

            I know what a dictator is. I didn’t make assumptions to get to my opinion about Putin. These irregularities have been widely reported. Social scientists consider Russia to be deeply flawed, massively influenced by Putin and not a true democracy. “Over the last 12 years, Putin has eliminated most elections, monopolized all major media and destroyed the political party system, leaving only the street for any opposition.”- Masha Gessen, “The Dictator”. Yes, it is my opinion that he is a dictator. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. I don’t understand the sudden love affair with Putin by a few of my fellow countrymen, I suggest you check your sources and question your beliefs regarding Putin.

          • Peter Olvecký

            Masha Gessen, is a Russian and American journalist, author, and activist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gessen identifies as a lesbian, has written extensively on LGBT rights… Gessen was born into an Ashkenazi Jewish family in Moscow. In 1981 Gessen moved with her family to the United States. [4] She returned in 1991 to Moscow. [4] She holds both Russian and US citizenship… (Source: Wiki)

            A truly independent source of information ((o: Oh my, oh my… Give me a break.

          • Ranaverde

            You seem to be suggesting that anyone who is opposed to Putin is untrustworthy because they are opposed to Putin. That is not an argument. I could also say anyone who supports Putin is an untrustworthy source of information because they support Putin. See how that works?
            You also suggest that someone who is a Russian citizen is not a good source of information about Russian politics. Using that logic, anyone who is a U.S. citizen is unqualified to write about U.S. politics. Please explain why that would be so.
            She points out that the state controls the media, that Russians aren’t allowed to talk about being gay, (article 6.21), that Putin has eliminated most elections, these are the facts that she uses to support her opinion. They are facts that can be validated. That you don’t think those things make him a dictator is your opinion, but you haven’t made any kind of rebuttal to support that opinion.

          • Peter Olvecký

            No, I’m suggesting something completely else. They usually lie or distort the facts to support their case. You need to look at the motives and most importantly on history. Check who controls the media in US and Russia and you’ll get my point. I’m sorry, but I don’t have the time to research and give you all necessary facts to support my view, gotta work. Thanks for the small talk anyways (o: Cheers!

          • Ranaverde

            You dismiss an award winning respected journalist with many published works with “they usually lie” and don’t have any information about your own sources. What do you think would be Ms. Gessen’s motive, other than a desire for freedom to express herself, justice, and to not be persecuted by her government? You need to look at the motives of your source. Who controls the media that you get your news from? NBC, ABC, and Fox are owned by conservative privileged elites. Most journalists aspire to report objectively, but those who are in managerial positions in the media belong to the same class as the owners and share their values and class interests. You can tell which side the owners are on by looking at which candidates they have given money to. I get my information from NBC, ABC, and Fox, (only because that’s what’s on at the gym), but I listen for biased statements and differentiate between opinion, fact, and speculation. I also read articles by academics who are experts in their field. You are very dismissive of Masha Gessen, but she has excellent credentials. Who are your sources? What are the credentials of your sources? Do you simply dismiss information that doesn’t conform with your world view, and accept information that does? Or do you have an open mind?

    • politicalsanity

      So in other words, he’s the male version of Hillary Clinton?

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    The more Obamination talks the more asinine he looks. That said he is asinine and 90%+ of the worlds population know this. Keep going you Muslim fakir there are a few more that need this confirming. What a joke and Putin makes him look the inept incompetent juvenile thinking dolt that he is.

    • gininitaly

      He’s simply a good puppet following the orders of those who have owned us for the last 100 years across both parties.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        I concur. Methinks a new marionette and puppeteer is called for. 🙂

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        Methinks a new marionette is required for the puppeteer.

  • veggiedude

    Now I know this is a fake news site.

    • Wait til it gets into the mainstream press… most of these light weight basement published sites just cut and past from others of their ilk. Likely not an experienced journalist among them!

      • Anthony Burkett

        This is genuine and authentic… search it for yourself.

  • Tippy Doodle

    he is stoned…outta his friggin’ mind.

    • Tim Hardy

      OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FiuToYou

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

    President of Russia since 2012

    Remember this name OBAMA! This is a leader of a nation, something you’re not! This man has more brains in his big toe than you have in your whole body. You are a fake and a coward. You’ve done nothing for 8 years except tear the country apart. As far as I’m concerned, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the man of the century!! You on the other hand belong in prison for treason! You are nothing but a fraud!!!!

    • Anthony Burkett

      Well Stated~!

    • Ranaverde

      “Man of the century?” Does your admiration for Putin based on just this one decision he made, or everything he’s done since 2012?

  • Peter Toth

    That was the diplomatic equivalency of a good hard slap to the face of Obama by Putin.