The false Russian narrative
"And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years." This was President Obama's response during the third presidential debate on Oct. 10, 2012, when Governor Romney stated that Russia is one of America's greatest geopolitical foes. For WEEKS the Dems and the media scoffed and laughed at Romney's remarks.When Secretary of State Clinton sold 20 percent of America's uranium reserves to the Russians in exchange for campaign cash, a deal that she and Bill worked on during her entire tenure, did the media have a hissy fit? No, they yawned. Did the Dems express concern? Nope, they nominated Mrs. Clinton as their presidential candidate.
NOW, they are claiming that Russia and Putin are some kind of big, bad boogey men that we must all be deathly afraid of? What has changed? Russia hasn't changed. Putin hasn't changed. Trump became president, THAT is what changed.In an effort to damage the new administration, the Dems and the media are creating a false narrative that President Trump has some nefarious ties to Putin and/or the Russian government.Someone tried to hack both the Democratic National Committee & Republican National Committee email servers during the election. The Feds got wind of it and warned BOTH parties. The RNC upgraded its server's security system, and the DNC did not. THAT is why/how the DNC emails were hacked and the RNC were not, NOT any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.The successful hacking resulted in some "bad guy" getting the DNC's emails and giving them to WikiLeaks. It was Clinton's bad luck that so many of her top aides' emails revealed to the whole world her dishonesty, sneakiness, greed and corruption. The emails also revealed the chicanery that was employed by the DNC to get Clinton nominated over Bernie Sanders.
Had they been able to acquire RNC emails, would WikiLeaks have made them public? We can only speculate. Would the RNC emails have been as embarrassing or damaging as the DNC's? We will never know.
Did the information contained in the DNC emails cost Mrs. Clinton any votes? Again, we will never know. It certainly didn't change my vote.
There is no "there" there, according to everyone involved in the investigation who has chosen to speak publicly. Every American currently rides in an airplane piloted by Donald J. Trump. Why would ANY of us want this plane to crash? We should all be rooting for the pilot.
It appears that America is embarking on an exciting new chapter in our relatively short existence. Let's enjoy the ride.
Diane L. Gruber is an attorney in private practice and a longtime resident of West Linn.