File photo of U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012. Obama cancelled a meeting with Putin planned for next month in Moscow over frustration with Russia's asylum for fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS)

Thank God we only have three weeks left of this cretin. Yes, I think Obama is a cretin, a fool and childish to boot. One week ago he gave the green light to betray Israel. Remember when he was whoring himself for Jewish votes? He promised to preserve the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

So much for his “promise” and assurance that he was being clear. He made his true feelings last Friday in signing off on a Security Council Resolution that rejects Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as its capital. What Barack Obama did, boys and girls, is called a big, damn lie.

Now comes his posturing against Russia for supposedly having spearphished emails from the DNC and from John Podesta (leaving electronic footprints like the term, Derzhinsky, as “evidence” that this was a Russian intel op) and then turning the whole load over to Julian Assange and his crew at Wikileaks as part of a clever intel operation to “smear” Hillary Clinton by exposing the truth about her lies and manipulative behavior, which would then ensure the election of Donald Trump. Wow!! What an operation.

Only one tiny little baby-sized problem–there is no hard evidence, only conjecture. Let’s review some alternative real facts:

1. The early indicator that the info initially presented to the public alleging that the Russian Government had “hacked the DNC  and Podesta” was not true was when the DNI, James Clapper,  claimed on 7 October that “17 intelligence agencies agreed” the Russians were implicated.  The only way that such “consensus” is reached and communicated is through a written estimate or an intelligence community memo. No such document was produced then and none has been produced as of this writing.
2. Ambassador Craig Murray states he met with the source of the material provided to Wikileaks. The emails came via a leak, not a hack.
3. Julian Assange has stated repeatedly that Russia was not the source.
4. (Most important in my view) Bill Binney, given his prior experience and knowledge of the NSA collection systems, insists that NSA would know, with a high degree of certainty, whether or not a Russian hand was involved.
Now we have the latest twist in this manufactured drama–Obama is expelling Russian diplomats (some who almost certainly are intelligence officers) and imposing new sanctions on two individuals and four different entities.
This is a bizarre action given that Obama was waiting on the Intel Community to report on what actually happened. Remember this?
“The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders,” 
Hell, why wait for a report. Let’s just go with a gut feeling. Obama is now behaving very much like a drunk who is angered after last call at a bar that he can’t get another shot of whiskey. Rather than quietly shuffle out the door and head for home, Obama has decided to throw drunken punches and smash furniture. He is leaving the bar in worst shape then when he came in the door.
These sanctions help Putin rather than hurt him. They coincide with the news that Russia and Turkey, with the cooperation of the Syrian Government, are implementing a ceasefire in Syria today. Whether connected on not, the U.S. action will be viewed in Russia as pique by a weak, frustrated foe.
The sanctions also will boost domestic support for Putin. The lack of clear, concrete evidence that Russia was the source and mover for the Wikileaks dump reinforces the existing perception that Obama is a spoiled juvenile who throws temper tantrums when he can’t get his way.
But this is a dangerous action by Obama. It comes in concert with steps by NATO to put more Western troops on the border of Russia. It comes with increased bellicose calls by leading Republicans like Senators McCain and Graham for confrontation with Russia. I can understand how hardliners in Russia can view the latest U.S. actions as part of a coordinated effort to isolate Russia in preparation for an attack.
It is important that someone on the Trump team reach out to Putin via back channel and assure them that there is a genuine desire to restore civil relations with Russia. Obama’s real target in these sanctions is Donald Trump. He is trying to box Trump in and force him into the failed, hostile relationship that Obama produced. I am hoping that Trump stands his ground and starts dealing with Russia like an adult.
One final thought about how the U.S. Government acts when it actually has real intelligence about foreign misbehavior.I remember the process we went thru when I was at State and a terrorist attack was launched from the sea against Israel by Libyan trained and equipped terrorists. This was the summer of 1990. The Intel community subsequently pulled together evidence, which included imagery, sigint and humint, showing beyond any doubt that Libya was behind the attack. Armed with that info, my boss, Ambassador Morris Busby, and an interagency team went around Europe and North Africa and briefed key governments on our findings and informed them how the United States planned to respond. None of this was done in public. Quite a contrast with Obama. Who in the hell announces they are going to do something “COVERT?” Does he even know what the term means?
Barack gives new meaning to the phrase, “Lame Duck.”
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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.