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    Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimper

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    This is the way the Obama administration ends; not with a bang, but a pathetic whimper.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y.
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    Queen of War Hillary “We Came, We Saw, He Died” Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

    Queen of War famously insisted throughout the campaign that “17 US intelligence agencies” confirmed Russian hacking of the Podesta emails, then slow-dripped – Chinese torture-style – day after day by WikiLeaks, revealing the slimy inner workings of the DNC. In fact there was no damning 17 intel agencies verdict, just a dodgy comment by further disgraced Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper offering no evidence whatsoever.    

    Now Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ two-bit neocon-infested rag The Washington Post – once upon a time a decent newspaper – piles up, mouthing a sensationalist CIA spin according to which Langley has proof the Russians did maneuver to install their Manchurian, Trumpian candidate.  

    And this right after the same rag went the full McCarthy, promoting a long black list remix of websites/news agencies, Sputnik included, denounced as fifth columnists and/or propaganda ops. Further enhancing its already negative credibility – constantly boosted by the neocon/neoliberalcon ravings of its editorial pages — the Post to this day has not retracted its infantile, bogus “report”.

    The intersection of The New McCarthyism and the CIA at the Post couldn’t be more predictable; after all Bezos’ Amazon is a major contractor with the CIA, thus configuring the Post as a key US deep state asset. So welcome to Washington’s alleged newspaper of record regurgitating a US government (USG) blacklist of American and foreign journalists.

    One false flag too many

    As for the CIA’s intel breakthrough, it amounts to the proverbial “senior US official” reassuring US public opinion that the “consensus view” of the “intelligence community” is that “individuals with connections with the Russian government” provided WikiLeaks with the Podesta emails. WikiLeaks had already debunked this narrative way back in October.  

    Now picture Langley hacks “secretly” briefing senators on Capitol Hill last week, breathlessly reassuring them the Russians did it. Yet even the Post’s shoddy report was forced to acknowledge the proverbial “senior US official” saying “there were minor disagreements…about the agency’s assessment” – as in no solid evidence of “the Kremlin ‘directing’ the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks”. 

    So this is essentially old debunked news repackaged – with no supporting facts — as a powerful indictment, planted by the CIA on Washington’s alleged paper of record. No wonder the Trump transition team – under White House chief strategist Steve Bannon – duly punctured the CIA strategic balloon; “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” Case closed. Go back to play with your plastic toys.

    Even kindergarten hopefuls know, based on the historical record, that the USG as well as the CIA are specialized in lying non-stop. Sometimes the lies are cumulative, sometimes they contradict each other. Take the sarin gas attack in Ghouta in August 2013 – which propelled the USG to the brink of a renewed Shock and Awe on Syria. 

    US intel at the time was sure that Jabhat al-Nusra – a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria (or “moderate rebels”, according to the Beltway “consensus”) – was capable of producing sarin gas. And yet Obama insisted Bashar al-Assad had done it, thus violating Obama’s silly self-proclaimed red line. Straight out of the neocons-do-Iraq playbook, Obama picked intel to justify what would have been a war on Syria.

    The fact was that the sarin gas was transferred to al-Nusra under the influence of notorious Bandar Bush – then tasked by the House of Saud to provoke regime change in Damascus by all means necessary. Bandar in fact was even more influential than the CIA; he was directly coordinating the handout of tons of cash and weaponizing to jihadists in Syria, as well as concocting false flags such as Ghouta. And all this after Obama himself had ordered, in early 2012, the CIA rat line through the Turkish-Syrian border of Libyan weapons destined to supply the “moderate rebels”.

    The bottom line is that Nobel Peace Prize Obama – lying through his teeth like a lowly neocon – had been on the brink of launching a full-scale war on Syria for a “crime” about which there was no evidence. 

    And the lies accumulate as the Obama administration’s elaborate Syrian plans flounder in the East Aleppo cauldron. This (in Arabic) is how the “moderate rebels” were expelled – revealing, in parallel, how Damascus profited from inside intel as myriad “rebel” outfits were fighting among themselves. This is about actual facts on the ground – not the relentless USG propaganda/psy ops campaign about evil Russians bombing hospitals.

    The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag. 

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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    • avatar
      topolcats
      Obama Real Legacy can be summed up by song written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1900., which goes something like this!
      "Mammy's little baby loves short'nin short'nin/Mammy's little baby loves short'nin bread."

      And Yes Soros and the other controllers of this plantation servant is going to give plenty of shorting breat in cold cash to Mr and Mrs Obama to insure they continue to spin the gullible!
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      jas
      And this right after the same rag went the full McCarthy, promoting a long black list remix of websites/news agencies, Sputnik included, denounced as fifth columnists and/or propaganda ops.
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      Hey, Pepe. How come you give Glenn Greenwald a pass? You link to his article that includes the quote,
      "Some of the websites on PropOrNot’s blacklist do indeed publish Russian propaganda — namely Sputnik News and Russia Today, which are funded by the Russian government. But many of the aforementioned blacklisted sites are independent, completely legitimate news sources that often receive funding through donations or foundations and have been reporting and analyzing news for many years."

      I keep warning people about Greenwald. Russia is the only country keeping Snowden safe and Greenwald writes such drivel?
    • avatar
      posttrumpism
      Obama, Clinton, Bush, Soros, Neo's... were and are actually spending other people's money Because there is a spigot from Congress and QE for the Plutocrats lol
    • avatar
      Ajokete
      I think the only good thing Obama's presidency has done is opening people's eyes to the cynical hypocrisy of neo-liberalism. Up until Obama came to power there were still many decent people who sincerely believed that neo-liberals are better than neo-cons. Now Obama has unwittingly destroyed that fallacy. now it is crystal-clear to all, except opportunistic liberals and conservatives, that there is no daylight between neo-libs and neo-cons. If a prize could be given for that awareness, I think Barack Obama should be a top candidate for it. Although like every prizes he has been given, it does not mean that he merits it because he works for it. It's just one of his lucky picks.
    • hp b
      PresidenT oBarnum..
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      Luis Alcalá
      The problem is that most people have access to the lies of the CIA and very few to the truth. Although the most stupid person will be wondering if the streets of Aleppo were full of corpses, those who go on those green buses, are they zombies? You can not fool everyone all the time.
      By the way, I do not understand that terrorist criminals of Eastern Aleppo are not in prison.
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