Just in the past few days prior to this New Year, Obama has taken a tremendous number of steps in a very short time. You are all aware of the NDAA for 2017 having been signed by Obama. That document came with a “barnacle” attached to the hull of Portman and Murphy’s “The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act,” the joke of all jokes, supposedly designed to counteract false news and information. The irony of it that makes it despicably laughable is that every word out of the government’s mouth is a boldfaced lie or deceptive statement meant to steer the cattle in the direction the politicians want them to move. Perhaps their little “Act” now made into law can be used against them.
Or perhaps not. Congress put forth an act to try and counter Obama’s executive orders before he leaves office. We see how that works, as one branch of Congress (Senate or House) comes up with “legislation” to make themselves appear “tough,” but it is stopped either in the second branch, or when it crosses Obama’s desk. Such “kangaroo” legislation has been the barritus for Congressional “phony resentment” and “the offense of their tender sensibilities” for years, with no results ever obtained.
Why? Because no results were every truly desired. Everything was part of the paradigm shift, and the continuing efforts by both parties to ruin the United States. These loud, crying decrees and then calls for action resulting in nothing happening? These blusters were all the designs of RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) such as McConnell, McCain, Ryan, and the rest. The prime example was Boehner in 2012 having the House of Representatives read the entire Constitution on the House Floor…and then Boehner did everything imaginable to subvert the Constitution and knuckle under to Obama, so much so that he was finally taken out of there as the Speaker, and replaced by Ryan. Yeah, not Nolan Ryan or Matt Ryan, but Paul Ryan: Proof you can’t replace a rotten apple with a rotten pear.
Here is a good example of how these next 20 days are critical, and how this transition period is such a dangerous time for the country from inactivity as well as activity. On December 29, 2016, Obama imposed measures directed against the Russians as reported on ABC News and he stated the following:
“I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber-operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.
These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.
We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized. In addition to holding Russia accountable for what it has done, the United States and friends and allies around the world must work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behavior and interfere with democratic governance.”
Now these words are quite serious. As you can see, they follow up on Biden’s pledge several months ago, when interviewed that the U.S. would begin cyberattacks to “embarrass and humiliate the Kremlin at a time of [our] choosing.” That pledge is repeated here. So, in other words, at first DHS assessed the hacking of the Democrats’ Convention and assessed that it was Russian in origin…then they flip-flopped and said that it wasn’t. Now it’s “on” again, with Obama telling the public the Russians are going to be held accountable. We’ll come to the main point in a second.
For Donald Trump’s role in all of this, he promised a “reset” with Russian relations, and his words were both accepted and lauded by Putin. Regarding what Obama said in the statements above, Trump spoke to reporters on December 28 and was asked by reporters what his opinion was regarding U.S. intelligence efforts on the matter. His response was not exactly a confidence booster, as such:
“They [U.S. Intelligence] should do the best they can, figure it all out.”
That statement is almost non-existent. Trump should be meeting with (at a bare minimum) the Russian ambassador to reassure the Russians that he does not intend to follow up with the policies Obama has pursued during the past 8 years. Some reading these words may think that is a sign of weakness, but it is not: if Trump did that, it would be a sign of strength, of the willingness to pursue diplomacy. He would not be apologizing for Obama’s actions, but simply stating that the course of his own administration would be different.
It is not weakness to try and ensure that a large percentage of the American population is not burned to a crisp by a nuclear exchange, an event that Obama seems bound and determined to happen before he vacates the Oval office.
Returning to Obama’s statements, please focus upon this highlighted sentence mentioned earlier, and consider it carefully:
“We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized.”
Our choosing? And who is the “we” he was referring to? Neither of these two pronouns refer to either the incoming administration or the American people. In addition, he refers to actions that will not be publicized. No surprises there. Yes, Obama is still the president, and Trump is just the guy sitting on the sidelines waiting to be sworn in as the president.
Obama still has the launch codes and the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to Russia, or any place that will allow him to ensconce the U.S. into a war. There yet remains plenty of time to do it. The expulsion of Russian diplomats and personnel is a big step toward the actions he may be referring to. The Russians are not biting; however, they’re not going to sit by idly when Obama takes a “variety of actions” that they may see in a different vein. That is why he used the term “variety of actions,” because he is gauging what will be done by the most probable Russian response. He wishes to elicit a response from them that can either be looked at as an “attack” or one that will “deserve a military response.”
The assassinations of the Russian diplomat in Turkey and the one in Moscow were (beyond a shadow of a doubt) performed with Obama’s full awareness, if not ordered by him. Just as he said regarding the Russians, these were matters so significant that there is no way the highest levels of government (in this case the U.S. government) would not have directed it.
Fast and Furious happened with the full sanctioning and awareness of Obama. Benghazi happened with the full sanctioning and awareness of Obama. If you really want to become infuriated, watch “13 Hours,” and read the book as well by Mitchell Zuckoff. There is one point in the film where a drone is capturing images of the Libyans attacking the CIA annex and relaying the images to the Americans besieged in it. One of the operators asks another if they knew in the U.S. what was going on. The second defender replied, “Whatever we see here, they see and know even more over there.”
That is the man who is in office: a man who permitted an American Ambassador and his staff to be killed, and a diplomatic embassy of the United States to be attacked, burned to the ground, and overrun – all for his personal political agenda. That is treason…and vile almost beyond description.
Obama also knows what he will do in the next (almost) three weeks before the inauguration. He knows what buttons he will press. It doesn’t take all that much to start a war. Just think: a false flag or managed crisis to escalate hostilities, and whatever city Trump happens to be in (along with others, of course, for “cover”) just disappears. Obama wouldn’t leave, then, would he? He already declared that he would’ve “beaten Trump hands down” if he had been able to run against him…that’s what he just said in Hawaii…his latest vacation that adds to the $85 million in vacations they estimate he has spent thus far while in office.
He isn’t out of there yet. There is a lot that can be done in 20 days, especially on the weekends when everyone is sitting around eating, drinking, and staring at the television screen. The problem is, he doesn’t pay the price for the consequence of his actions…we do. Remember what executive order he signed a few years back? The one that gives presidents (including himself, of course) lifetime secret service protection on the public payroll. For right now, though, any problem that surfaces and he’ll be whisked off to Cheyenne Mountain or whatever bunker is nearby…on the public dime…completely protected from whatever nightmare scenario he initiates. 20 days is a long time…long enough to end the U.S., if you’re the president.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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