Obama Vows Retaliation Against Russia for Nonexistent US Election Hacking

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by Stephen Lendman
The atmosphere in America is the most surreal and dangerous in my lifetime – imperial madness combined with escalated war on fundamental freedoms.
With five weeks left in office, Obama seems determined to leave in a greater blaze of infamy than already, the most loathsome, lawless, reckless president in my lifetime.
He’s a greater war criminal than all his predecessors, heading America’s police state apparatus hardened on his watch, a serial liar, a moral coward, a disgrace to his high office, a dangerous rogue leader, trying to provoke Russia into a belligerent confrontation.
In a Friday interview on National Public Radio, a known proliferator of fake news, he said “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections…we need to take action.” 
“And we will – at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized. Some of it may not be.”
While reserving judgment on Russia, pending a report he ordered on the impact of (nonexistent) US election interference, he lied claiming “the (nonexistent) hack…creat(ed) more problems for the Clinton campaign than (for) Trump…”
He attacked Putin at the same time, saying “(t)his is somebody, the former head of the KGB, who is responsible for crushing democracy in Russia, muzzling the press, throwing political dissidents in jail, countering American efforts to expand freedom at every turn, is currently making decisions that’s leading to a slaughter in Syria.”
Sounds like his own rap sheet high crimes, certainly not Putin’s, a disgraceful denigration of a preeminent world leader, polar opposite himself.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest lied, telling reporters only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized (nonexistent) US election interference.
Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes claimed “I don’t think things happen in the Russian government of this consequence without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.”
Sergey Lavrov was “dumbstruck” by these baseless allegations, he said. “I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious,” he added.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the phony allegations “laughable nonsense.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakhorova blasted “Western media (for being a) shill (and) a mouthpiece of various power groups” – not a legitimate source of news, information and opinion. How true!
Obama will elaborate further at a Friday afternoon press conference – certain to focus on nonexistent US election hacking and Syria, especially Big Lies about nonexistent massacres by government and allied forces in liberating Aleppo.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.