On Thursday, Obama announced sanctions against Russia for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sanctions were imposed on 35 Russian diplomats, who were then ordered to leave the country, as well as on numerous individuals and entities, and the Administration will close two Russian-operated compounds.
According to Obama,
“Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in US democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the US government.”
Obama suggested that over the next several days, the Administration will publish evidence for the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections. The announcement comes after millions of citizens called on Obama for more transparency regarding the Russian hackings. In such a context, the demand to see the clear evidence is obvious.
For his part, Putin announced that Russia will not impose sanctions on the U.S. because the relationship between both countries may soon improve once Trump becomes President. Trump has expressed countless times his admiration for Putin, which suggests that once he assumes the Presidency he may revoke the existing sanctions against Russia.
Democrat and Republican Congressmen/women have expressed their satisfaction at the sanctions adopted by Obama. However, most of them consider that the sanctions are too little, too late and that during his two terms as President, Obama has never been able to exercise influence over Putin.
Over the past few days, there has been a lively debate about the effectiveness of the sanctions. As mentioned earlier, Obama will soon leave the White House and Trump will then be able to revoke the sanctions. In such a context, many people consider that the sanctions are useless.
Regardless one`s political orientation, there is clear evidence that Obama has committed several irregularities in this case.
1- Lack of clear evidence for Obama’s accusations:
So far, Obama has not shown any clear evidence to substantiate Russian hacking. As a president, he was obliged to show it to the public before accusing Russia.
2- The hiding of the Russian interference during the 2016 election:
Obama suggested that despite knowing of the Russian interference during the 2016 election, he did not announce it so as not to influence the final result. However, the general opinion is that he committed a grievous error by not informing citizens about such a crucial issue before one of the most important elections in U.S. history.
3- Delayed response regarding the sanctions:
In the case that Obama knew about the existing Russian hacking during the last presidential campaign, the sanctions should have been imposed by then to make it harder for Trump to revoke them.
4- Unfounded Accusations of Wikileaks helping Russia:
Obama has accused independent news outlets and Wikileaks of working with Russia. Despite the lack of evidence, the accusations have provoked confusion among citizens who now have doubts about these journalistic platforms. Since its creation, Wikileaks’ publications have been 100% accurate. No one has been able to demonstrate any false news published by Wikileaks.
Accusations must be accompanied by clear evidence, so that their validity can be determined. Russia probably interfered in the U.S. election, but it has not been proven yet, so these are just allegations.
Regardless of political orientation, it is necessary to criticise all of the political misconduct, including those from our “heroes.” It is the only way to guarantee more justice in the world. Unfortunately, some journalists venerate corrupt politicians because they have the same political orientation. It contributes to increasing injustice in the world. Journalists and other people should abandon biased positions if they want to live in a better world. Misconduct must be exposed, and it does not matter from where it comes.
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