WASHINGTON, December 31, 2016 — In a CNN interview in February, 2016, President Obama scolded Americans for fretting so much over terrorism:
“What I do insist on is that we maintain a proper perspective and that we do not provide a victory to these terrorist networks by overinflating their importance and suggesting in some fashion that they are an existential threat to the United States or the world order.”
This was just two months after 14 Americans were killed and 22 wounded in an ISIS-inspired terror attack in San Bernardino, California. Four months later, an ISIS-inspired gunman killed 49 and wounded 53 in a Florida nightclub.
The president has displayed an air of urgency about suspected Russian hacking far surpassing his administration’s prosecution of the war on terror. He has urged U.S. “friends and allies around the world” to “work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behavior, and interfere with democratic governance.”
On Thursday, Obama announced in a statement that his administration had ordered Russians occupying two diplomatic retreats in Maryland and New York to vacate the premises.
The head of the defeated and humiliated Democratic Party declared the 35 Russians occupying those compounds “persona non grata,” ordering them to leave the U.S. by high noon Sunday.
He said in his statement:
“I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners.”
He said that the two compounds were used for “cyber operations … intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.”
The administration also placed individual sanctions on four Russian intelligence officials and three of their deputies, as well as on Russian cyber companies alleged to have trained the hackers.
Nowhere in his statement did Obama question the authenticity or veracity of the hacked DNC and Clinton campaign emails exposing the Democratic Party and their presidential nominee’s crooked dealings.
If the allegations prove true, we should consider the hacking episode as emblematic of a second Russian Revolution. “In a time of deceit,” said George Orwell, “telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
The urgency of Obama’s response to alleged Russian interference in American politics stands in start contrast to his comments on terrorism. He has refused to use the term “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism” to describe the violent totalitarian ideology animating the murderers of so many innocent souls around the world. When people shoot civilians with the cry of “Allahu akbar!” he argues that we need to be careful before attributing it to Islamist extremism or calling it “terror.”
But Obama, his party and the media can’t stop repeating, “Russian hackers influenced the 2016 presidential election.” over and over again. The evidence is classified, but they assure us that it exists, and this is one enemy that they dare name.
The truth is out there. Don’t expect to find it in Washington, though. For the Obama administration and the Democrats, it is the truth that is persona non grata.