Obama To Announce "Retaliation" Measures Against Russia As Early As Tomorrow

Tyler Durden's picture

With Obama vacating the White House in just over three weeks, the outgoing president is seemingly eager to make relations between the US and Russia as untenable as possible in his last days on the job (or as the Russian foreign ministry put it, "after him the deluge" comparing Obama to a certain French monarch) and ignoring today's warning that Russia would immediately respond to any sanctions by the White House, Obama is expected to announce a series of "retaliatory" measure against Russia for "meddling in the US election" as soon as Thursday, CNN reports .

As we detailed previously, the delay in sanctions against Russia had resulted from Obama's inability to take unilateral actions under current laws.  While Obama previously signed an executive order that would allow him to freeze the US assets of people overseas who have engaged in cyber acts, it only applies to actions that have threatened U.S. national security or financial stability.  Further, per a "senior administration official," use of the existing law would require (1) actual election infrastructure to be designated as 'critical infrastructure' and (2) the administration to prove that such infrastructure was actually "harmed," conditions which the National Security Council say have not been met. 

Additionally, earlier reports of Obama sanctions resulting in a warning by the Russian Foreign Ministry which on Wednesday said that any action by the US would lead to a prompt Russian retaliation.

Frankly, we are tired of the lies about the "Russian hackers", which continues to flow into the United States from the very top. The Obama administration has launched six months ago, this misinformation in an attempt to play up the desired for himself a candidate in the November presidential election, and not achieving the desired, looking for an excuse for their own failure, and with a vengeance is played on Russian-American relations.


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It only remains to add that if Washington really takes new hostile steps, it will get the answer. This also applies to any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which immediately ricocheted on US diplomats in Russia. Perhaps the Obama administration is quite indifferent to what will happen to the bilateral relations, but the story is unlikely to forgive her behavior on the principle of "after us the deluge."

Fast forward just a few hours when CNN reported that the "Obama administration is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the US election" even though the US has yet to demonstrate any evidence of Russian intervention, in effect making any action endorsed by Obama yet another unprovoked strike against a sovereign nation. Perhaps the only difference from the Iraq invasion is that this time the US is not "positive" Russia is also guilty of holding weapons of mass cyberdestruction.

Obama has been under pressure from some Democrats to issue a response to Russia over the hacking before he cedes the White House to Donald Trump in January. Critics fear that Trump, who has expressed a desire for warmer relations with the Kremlin, will take no action against Russia. which seemingly is unacceptable when engaging yet another fact-free narrative fabricated by the CIA.

The actions expected to be unveiled by Obama include expanded sanctions and diplomatic measures, the officials said, in what the administration deems a proportional response to a Russian operation that went beyond cyber hacking activities common among nations.

The problem, as the WaPo noted last night, is that if the administration relies on the original 2015 executive order which will be invoked to launch this diplomatic "retaliation", it will also have to demonstrate some proof that the individuals or entities it names were involved in the scheme, and until now, the White House has provided no documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election besides just repeating the allegation over and over and over, as if that somehow makes it true.

Ultimately, any action Obama launches will likely be undone by Trump in less than a month, which is why the only question is how material Obama's action would be, and what if any, the Russian retaliation will be shortly thereafter.

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1980XLS's picture

And, why should we care?

Obama is irrelevant. 

Turn the Page.

The end of an error.

Say What Again's picture

He told them that they're grounded.  He's taking away their iphone & laptop for a week.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Obama upping his game, 0-Man Style: "Cut it out! I really mean it!"

JRobby's picture

This should get ludicrous pretty quick. Deadly ludicrous.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

Obama is doing everything he can to pick a fight.  Put those two in the ring and see who wins! Lol

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Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) EmmittFitzhume Dec 28, 2016 5:56 PM

from the golf course in Hawaii?




Is he gonna tell Putin that he's not gonna concede the 2 footer?

TBT or not TBT's picture

He has a hollowed out volcano lair all decked out. 

HowdyDoody's picture

Oh FFS?! Is there an adult in the house?

DeadFred's picture

The Kenyan Guy is known for making grand statements and not actually following through.

are we there yet's picture

Sounds like a Michelle O private quote.

BullyBearish's picture

More Sancitions??  We should be THANKING Russia for bringing an end to a horrific war in Syria and defeating ISIS, AL NUSRA, etc.


Hackers don't like to be hacked...

Bunker Boy's picture

What y'all are missing here is Obama is trying to start WWIII between now and the 20th. He may do that tomorrow. The US is attacking, unprovoked, a sovereign and extremely dangerous nation. Russia is not Libya, Syria, or Iraq. 

DeadFred's picture

But Putin has consistently sidestepped provocations in the past. He knows the West is going down and sees no need for a radioactive future.

Bunker Boy's picture

Depending on the attack vector, target and impact,  Putin may have no choice but to aggressively respond in kind. 


That is what is going to happen. The attack is going to be calculated to touch off the proverbial powder keg. 

rockstone's picture

"That's a bingo!" Putin need only have patience.

BeanusCountus's picture

Agree Fred. Plus why start something now that he is (apparently) able to control our elections? /sarc. Dems (and now Senate?) convinced the Russians did something. I won't believe anything until I see proof, but let's just say they did for argument. So What? Non-violent dissemination of real information (no one denies it was real) hardly constitutes an act of war. Sounds to me like powerful people want to keep their ability to bullshit everyone un-interrupted. Face it Dems, you lost on this one. Move on, secure your fucking network. And if it WAS someone from Russia that released it, why is it any different than an ordinary person from, say, Norway that informed the American people of something? I call "sore losers" on this bullshit.

Jimmy Twinkle's picture

if obama attempts to take military action i think there will be a military revolt and obama will be led out in cuffs. flynn and matis are there for this reason.

Jimmy Twinkle's picture

if obama attempts to take military action i think there will be a military revolt and obama will be led out in cuffs. flynn and matis are there for this reason.

Mr. Bones's picture

Democrats were telling me that there was no impact from sharing debate questions with Clinton, therefore there was no reason to be offended.

What is the demonstrated impact of the Russian interference that no one seems to want to testify about?  Why do I keep hearing about super secret squirrel reports, when Obama has been more heavy handed with leakers than "secretive" Bush?  Why isn't he releasing statements condemning the leaks?

nmewn's picture

The finer point my friend...

The Fake Nuuuz Press has reported they have spoken to numerous anonymous sources within the Obama administration (confirmed by other anonymous sources who wished to remain anonymous also in the Obama administration, so we are compelled to believe its completely reliable) who say that they have unquantifiable and therefore unimpeachable evidence that the Russians hacked DNC emails...but not the >>>unsecured<<< email server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who sat on Obama's cabinet with direct access to top secret information. Taken with the freshly minted Fake Nuuuz story & admission as inculpatory evidence that DNC "IT experts" (lol...is there such a thing?) and staff are now saying that John Podesta himself (or some other hapless twerp WITH ACCESS TO John Podesta's personal email account) clicked on "a fake Google email button" sent from Vlads personal G-Mail account deep in the bowels of the Kremlin which opened up a veritable treasure trove of information on how Debbie Wassername-Schultz, Hillary Crony and Donna Brazzile were brazenly interfering with "our democracy" in cutting the legs off of Bernie Marx in the democratic primary.

How can you possibly not believe this non-evidentiary trial in the .gov press?! ;-)

Idaho potato head's picture

because corruption deep and near complete.

L Bean's picture

And here we'd thought it was GWB who'd cornered the banality of evil market..

ronron's picture

gonna up his game to knock it off.

VD's picture

nobel peace laureate "community organizer" chomping at bit for WW3.


total ne0-marxist madness.

max_leering's picture

besides being, simply, a stupid nigger

Vigilante's picture

...and a muslim nigger at that.

He hates Russia on a primordial level.

Racial AND religious hate.

Fuck the gay niggro I say!

Cynicles's picture

War is always a good reason to care.
Putin knows Øbama is gone in a few.

Øbama sure is lookin for someone to start Putin their foot up his ass. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Obama sure is doing his best to create as much chaos as possible, with pissing off both the Israelis and the Russians.

Either that, or he's trying to stir up trouble that would tank the Markets on Trump's watch, and thus tank his plans.

Are his backers that desperate or unstable, to have him do all these erratic moves, or is he losing his marbles?

Lumberjack's picture

Christ almighty Puttster, give this and the rest of us a fucking break. Smoke a doobie and relax. Same goes to your advisors.

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_'s picture

Does anyone besides Obama's ego, think Putin is worried about sanctions?

Antifaschistische's picture

and Trump should announce to all those responsible for executing Obama's "measures" that they will be given a cease fire command on 1/20.  Which, for a government employee means, "we don't really have to do anything"....which is always preferable.

Shue's picture

Cant wait to see the back of this Groids head.

TalkToLind's picture

I'm positive they've got WMD's too! But what catchy/creative name will they use for this operation?

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Operation Enduring Laughter.

L Bean's picture

Operation Siberian Melt. I'm only half kidding.

ali_baba's picture

Let's see, it was shock and awe right?

Perhaps in keeping with the homosexualisation of mankind they'll go with 'operation dazzle and delight'. Send in a bunch of trannies led by commander Jenner in crotchless uniform.

land_of_the_few's picture

Operation Ludicrously Overthetop Stupid Eejit Roaring

Perhaps Today's picture

Hope Barry doesn't hit him with his purse....

TBT or not TBT's picture

The wookie will rip Pootie's arm off though.  

Skiprrrdog's picture

Im sure Obozo would call it a "man pouch"... not to be confused with a nut sack...

L Bean's picture

Cute, stating your plans for retaliation after your spies and mercenaries have already retaliated in multiple, coordinated, and epically evil ways. Killing an ambassador on live TV...downing a jet full of carolers on Christmas morning...not to mention the untold massacres that seem to have occurred(mass graves) as Obama's mercenaries were forced to retreat. Illiterate and venal as he is, Obama has been somewhat of a dark humorist.

This country deserves nothing less than the finest nuclear warheads, and I say this living a few miles away from Raytheon, Lockheed, Harris, and General Dynamics complexes. No fallout here! Instant pearly gates!

Jambo Mambo Bill's picture

Tell me about it...

I wonder what I would do if i had a prick poking me like that...

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Dec 28, 2016 5:48 PM

Lets get that WWIII going hurry up! Gotta keep those fake bank wars going JEWerica.


What are you going to do now? start a war with russia for some made up imaginary election hack?


Trump and his jew friends will attack iran? 


Just do it already you evil sick bastards

larz's picture

Theatre.  Very bad theatre

Winston Churchill's picture

I wish.

Obozo has his orders and who really has the nuke codes ?