Op-Ed: No apologies, it’s time for answers
In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday, former Bush 43 press secretary, Ari Fleischer, seemed to provide an excuse for the Obama administration’s actions regarding the Russia collusion narrative and their harsh attacks on Gen. Michael Flynn. Fleischer tweeted his appearance early Thursday morning:
“Let’s look at this from the Obama point of view. Here is what they knew at the time: Russia did indeed hack the DNC, disseminated the emails; we know that Russia interfered in the election; the Obama administration, through the FBI, knew that there were low-level Trump campaign people who had some sort of contact with Russians or Russian intermediaries — George Papadopoulos, Carter Page — the Obama administration knew because of the dossier. There were allegations that President Trump himself was involved in nefarious activities with Russia.
“That’s what they all believed; and then, low and behold, Donald Trump wins the election,” he continued. “Now, in my opinion, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, all their top people, made the worst cardinal sin you can make in politics; instead of seeing their opponents, now the incoming president, as a political adversary, they viewed him as a criminal.”
Fleischer’s arguments contain multiple fallacies starting with the notion that the Obama administration “believed” the dubious intelligence they helped create.
Much of Fleischer’s narrative has been disproved or, at the very least, considered highly suspect. Russia “hacked” the DNC and “disseminated the emails?” Clearly Wikileaks disseminated the emails and Julian Assange stated the emails were not obtained from a state actor, for whatever that is worth. The fact that Russia hacked the DNC servers has always lived in a legend created by Democrats. They told the FBI that Russia hacked them, and without FBI experts examining the servers, accepted what the Democrats told them. And what a coincidence, that fit the narrative invented by Democrats that Russia wanted Trump to win the election.
The idea that Russia interfered to help Trump is confounding. After eight years of Obama and Clinton genuflecting to Vladimir Putin and Russia, the notion that Russia would want Trump as president is ridiculous. In fact, many in the intelligence community believed all along that Russia preferred Clinton and fed Steele disinformation about Trump for his dossier.
Fleischer was wrong about George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. Papadopoulos had no known connections to Russia, and Page was interacting with Russians on behalf of the CIA. According to the Justice Department Inspector General’s report, the CIA informed the FBI that Page was working for them on two separate occasions.
Documents left behind by the Obama Administration that make themselves appear to have been benevolent actors should not fool anyone. With the dominant news media culture already providing support for the Russia collusion hoax and excuses for Democrat behavior, the nation needs more credible people demanding answers and fewer providing alibis for Democrats.
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