In a column for the New York Post, political pundit, Rich Lowry, laid out a devastating case indicting former President Barack Obama as the "real Russian stooge," a stark contrast to the narrative currently being pushed by the mainstream media.
"The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels," stated Lowry, smartly hijacking the Left's talking point about President Donald Trump, and directing it toward Obama.
The National Review editor then set out example after example of former-President Obama's action and strategic inaction which emboldened Russia and President Vladimir Putin:
[Obama] re-set with Russia shortly after its clash with Georgia in 2008. He concluded the New START agreement with Moscow that reduced our nuclear forces but not theirs. When candidate Mitt Romney warned about Russia in the 2012 campaign, Obama rejected him as a Cold War relic.
The president then went on to forge an agreement with Russia’s ally Iran to allow it to preserve its nuclear program. During the red-line fiasco, he eagerly grasped a lifeline from Russia at the price of accepting its intervention in Syria. He never budged on giving Ukraine “lethal” weapons to defend itself from Russian attack.
Finally, Obama cut US defense spending and cracked down on fossil fuels — a policy that Russia welcomes, since its economy is dependent on high oil prices.
Lowry argued that an objective analysis of Obama's actions - which he says were committed out of "naïveté and weakness" - would lead you to conclude that "Obama was a Russian stooge."
Adding to the list of Obama's pro-Russian moves, Lowry recalled the infamous hot mic moment from 2012, when Obama assured Russia he'd be more "flexible" after the election.
"Obama didn’t expect any rewards when he asked then-Russian President Dimitri Medvedev during a hot mic moment at an international meeting to relay to Vladimir Putin his ability to be more 'flexible' after the 2012 election; he was, to put it in terms of the current Russian election controversy, 'colluding' with the Russians in the belief it was a good strategy. His 'kompromat' was his own foolishness," wrote Lowry.
And finally, the last piece of the Obama-Russian-Stooge puzzle revealed itself last week, when Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people with chemical weapons - the same weapons the Obama Administration boasted about ridding Assad of, seemingly in order to cover for his pathetically weak "red-line"-drawing flop.
"When [Obama] pulled up short from enforcing his red line, an agreement with the Russians to remove Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons became the fig leaf to cover his retreat," explained Lowry.
"This deal was obviously deficient, but Obama officials used clever language to give the impression that it had removed all chemical weapons from Syria," he added. "Never mind that Assad still used chlorine gas to attack his population - exploiting a grievous loophole - and that evidence piled up that Assad was cheating more broadly."
The conservative thinker noted that Russia had an interest in covering for Assad "because he's their client," but asked why Obama did as well. "[The Obama administration] effectively made itself a liar for the Russians," argued Lowry. "At the same time Moscow bolstered the Assad regime, we said had to go, smashed the moderate opposition we were trying to create, and sent a destabilizing refugee flow into Europe. This was a moral and strategic disaster."
Lowry also deflated the out-of-control Trump-Russian collusion narrative from the Left, highlighting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley "hitting Russia hard over the Assad gas attack and Trump’s strike challenging Russia’s position."
"No matter what conspiracy theorists might say, there’s nothing to suggest anything untoward about Obama’s relationship with Russia. But based on the record alone, you might have suspicions," concluded Lowry.