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Temple Chima UbochiSunday, December 18, 2016
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FACTORS WHICH DETERMINED THE 2016 UNITED STATES' PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION'S (7)

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Continued from Part 6

The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy (Donald J. Trump tweeted on November 7, 2012)

Trump 'acting like a third grader'. The President-elect's response to intelligence regarding Russian hacking is "almost treasonous" (Republican Congress man, Joe Walsh)

It could be us the next time - this is not a Republican, Democratic issue. My goal is to put on President Trump's desk crippling sanctions based on the fact that they interfered in our elections (Senator Lindsey Graham (SC))

They need to pay a price. That response could be through the use of treasury department sanctions, it could be covert action, and it could be forms of public diplomacy. If you mess with the United States, we will mess with you back (John Carlin, the former head of the Justice Department's National Security)

Russian Interference as a Factor:


(AFP)

hese are hard, but still interesting political times in the history of the United States. Infact, any American, no matter his or her creed, color or the country of residence, should be ashamed of the political happenings, in America, at this particular point in time. There's no justification for what the nation has been experiencing in this election. The events before and after this 2016 presidential election have cut America down to size, and have been making mincemeat out of all the over-bloated claims of America being the greatest this, or the greatest that. infact, America has proved now that it's not as it has been over-blown to be.

America used the cold war to cloak its inadequacies; and the disintegration of the former Soviet Union made it to look as if America won the cold war, but, it didn't. America claims superiority in most things, but that's not the case, only that technology has given it an edge over every other country. America is a technological giant through deceit, because it lured most foremost German scientists, such as Einstein, over to America, in the 20th century, and exploited their know-how for its own advantage.

Think of the military: America claims that it's the most powerful nation on earth, but it's technology that has helped it sustained this false view, as many Americans, who joined the military as recruits, are not well trained, but are sent to war fronts, just after three months training, and those recruits will only go there to put themselves in harm's way, or to commit blunders or atrocities. What happened during the Iraq war, especially the Abu Ghraib's torture and prisoners' abuse, is just a tip of an iceberg. Back into history: On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the attack took the country by surprise, especially the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. But, instead of retaliating with conventional means, America had to go and drop atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, and the devastation and the radioactive effects of those bombs will still be felt till tomorrow. For those who don't know: On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world's first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 bomber dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people, according to history.com.

America, despite its acclaimed military might or superiority, will never dare China, and it's a known fact that if China sneezes, America catches cold. Some people may say that Trump, as president, will antagonize China, as he called the Taiwanese president, few weeks ago, and China protested. But wait until Trump takes over, to know if he will ever do such thing again, and then one will see how he will be cowed by the America's China Policy he will meet in office. Trump can do anything now, but from January 20, 2017, we will see a different Trump, assuming nothing, from now till then, stops him from taking office. He will be putting his tenure in jeopardy, if he confronts China by mingling with Taiwan.

Politically, there's nothing to write home about America here: Tell me how somebody will win the popular vote, but will lose the election? Democracy says that what counts is the will of the majority, meaning that the American system, no matter the justification, and those who formulated it, is a booboo in democracy. The Americans can't even conduct a free and fair election, as we are learning that voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have, during the presidential election; so there were more votes than voters over there. I think the whole damn system needs to be overhauled, so that popular votes would be the determining factor.

I concur with the AP, where it wrote that "tumult and confusion continues to surround the recent presidential election in the United States, the most populous nation in North America and the world's largest military power. The winning candidate - a businessman and television celebrity named Donald Trump - received far fewer votes than his opponent, a former senator and secretary of state (as Americans call their foreign minister) named Hillary Clinton. Trump has nonetheless been declared the legitimate president-elect because of the United States' peculiar electoral system, a system that is poorly understood even by the nation's own citizens".

And now, it has been alleged that a foreign country interfered in the election, and helped influence the election of Trump. The CIA says that its analysis has confirmed Russian hacking operations, and that the cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect, Donald Trump, win the 2016 election. If really proven, it means then that Moscow intended to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. According to Reuters, the CIA assessed after the election that the attacks on political organizations were aimed at swaying the vote for Trump because the targeting of Republican organizations diminished toward the end of the summer, and focused on Democratic groups. Moreover, only materials filched from Democratic groups - such as emails stolen from John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman - were made public via WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization, and other outlets. The CIA conclusion was a "judgment based on the fact that Russian entities hacked both Democrats and Republicans and only the Democratic information was leaked. It has also been alleged that Vladimir Putin, a former KGB Agent, and the current Russian president, personally directed the cyber-attacks.

But why did Putin do all these to hurt Hillary Clinton? Vendetta against Hillary Clinton! As stated above, the US intelligence officials, according to AFP, now believe that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was personally involved in the hacking, during the American election campaign, as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton. The NBC noted that Putin personally instructed how material hacked from US Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.

The AFP wrote that Putin sworn not to forgive Clinton, then secretary of state, for publicly questioning the integrity of the parliamentary elections held in 2011 in Russia, and accused her of encouraging street protests. The intelligence officials told NBC that Putin's goals in the alleged hacking began as revenge against Clinton. But they transformed into a broader effort to show that the world of US politics was corrupt and to, in the words of one official, "split off key American allies by creating the image that (other countries) couldn't depend on the US to be a credible global leader anymore." The NBC then revealed that in preparation for possible retaliation, US intelligence agencies have intensified probing of Putin's personal wealth.

Hillary Clinton, few days ago, confirmed that the Russian leader's longtime grudge against her, dating back to 2011, when she made comments that were critical of Russia's parliamentary elections, was the major reason for Vladimir Putin's involvement in the hacking of Democratic organizations during the 2016 presidential election.

No matter the reason for the hacking, the American Intelligence failed, as it should have stopped it, and for that, the operatives should be ashamed of themselves now. The FBI was so fixated on getting at Hillary Clinton, but refused to investigate Trump and his Russian ties, despite glaring evidences. Now, America is falling on its own sword. Tell me how it was possible for Russia to do what it did, when it was America that invented the Internet, the WorldWideWeb (www)? Also, Americans are the owners of Microsoft, Google, Facebook etc, and still Russia used those American technologies to beat America in America. How did Russia defeat America in Cyber warfare so easily? America should be ashamed. This proves that the Russian president is the most powerful man on earth; and he will; most likely, influence, with same ease, the upcoming German election, against Angela Merkel. You can bet on that!

One thing is clear: The American Intelligence, the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, has been a big failure: The CIA claimed that Saddam Hussein had weapon of mass destruction; and for that, America was dragged through a senseless war; a lot of Iraqis were killed, and their land was ruinated; terrorist organizations, such as the ISIS, were created; many American soldiers were sent to their early grave; and America slipped into a recession due to what the prosecution of that war cost.

The CIA and the FBI were also there when foreign terrorists entered America, did their planning and training there, probably for years, then hijacked planes, and hit the Twin Towers in New York, and were about hitting the White House, if not that some brave Americans, in that plane (sent to hit The White House), overpowered the terrorists, and made the plane to crash land before it hit Washington. Where were the American intelligence, and all its acclaimed might, for these to happen?

The big problem isn't that Russian hackers tried to influence the American election; but that Americans let them, and The Salon added that media lameness, a gullible public, useful idiots on the left, and the GOP all helped enable Russian propaganda. The Russian government, according to the CIA, pulled off an astonishing bit of psychological operations on the American electorate without ever technically lying to anyone. CIA agents, according to news reports, presented a formal analysis to lawmakers, arguing that the Russian government had hacked the email accounts of Democratic Party leaders, and then used WikiLeaks to strategically release the emails, sowing conspiracy theories and paranoia to dampen voter turnout for Clinton. Assuming that the Russians did this, their strategy worked because too many power players in the American political ecosystem were too shortsighted, lazy and selfish to look past their own immediate self-interest, and consider the big picture. What the purported Russian email hack ended up doing was illustrating the various weaknesses in America's political systems and culture, weaknesses that Trump, likely with Vladimir Putin's assistance, was able to exploit to claw his way into the White House.

Instead of being outraged by what the Russian did, most Republican politicians put party before country. The Salon further noted that One of the scariest revelations in The Washington Post piece about the CIA report was that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in a secret meeting between Democratic and Republican leaders, "raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics." The threat - and it was a threat - seems like it was effective because the White House decided against the release. But the whole thing is a neat distillation of Republicans' attitude toward any Trump-based corruption: They're happy to look the other way as Trump and his supporters plunder the country, spread racism and bigotry and undermine our democracy, so long as they get a crack at destroying Social Security and Medicare.

The AP furthered the point, when it wrote that Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a state whose citizens are required to drink large amounts of bourbon whiskey, have expressed reluctance to move forward with such a bipartisan plan. Some observers suggest this is because their party's candidate was elected despite a large vote deficit, the most dramatic such result in the nation's history.

President-elect Donald Trump continues to downplay and dismiss the growing hacking concerns as politically motivated. The incoming commander-in-chief has called the report "ridiculous", and he even mocked the CIA for it, making one to wonder how he will lead the Agency, when he takes over, since he has started a war with it even before his inauguration? Trump even refused the daily intelligence briefing, saying that he's a "Smart Person", and doesn't need to hear the same thing everyday. But those who know the ropes have warned him not to joke about it.

Former congressman Joe Walsh was so sad, and despite what he said, that I quoted above, he added that he was outraged by the lack of outrage, especially by the Republican side. He wondered why people are not pissed off by the fact that a foreign government interfered with their election. He noted that the Republicans shouldn't keep quiet, about this Russian breach, just because a Republican won the election. He then disparaged Trump for calling the CIA Report "ridiculous", saying that he ought to be ashamed of himself. Joe Walsh added that Trump didn't get it, concluding that for Russia to have attacked America, and then all Trump did was to turn around to attack the men and women in CIA amounts to treason. It was after calls for investigation grew louder that some Republicans came out to support any such move.

Donald Trump is not yet the president until January 20, 2017. And from now till then, a lot of things might happen. Many Americans, including the Congressional leaders are calling for an investigation into Russia's role in the U.S. election. Infact, there's bipartisan support for this. Not only that; many of the electors, who will be meeting on December 19, are so outraged, and might vote against Trump, in order to stop him from becoming the president. It takes only 38 of them to vote against Trump for him to miss the 270 electoral votes' mark. Many of the electors have called for the Intelligence report linking Russia to the hacks, so that they can look into it before voting on Monday, December 19, and many Americans, including celebrities, are joining in urging the Electoral College voters to reject Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

If the Electoral College fails to stop Trump, then when the Congress finishes its investigation, and if proven that Russia meddled in the election, in favor of Trump, impeachment will follow. In the end, it might be easy come, easy go, for Trump.

If ever that Putin of Russia influenced the 2016 election in any way, then the FBI and CIA should be ashamed of themselves. Fact is that the FBI, all other things being equal, helped Hillary Clinton to lose the election, and Trump to win (because of the late report it released against Hillary Clinton, few days to the election). And, if the Electoral College should reject Trump, on December 19, then, the CIA helped in stopping Trump's presidency. And then, in all and all, one can say that the American Intelligence Agencies spoiled the 2016 presidential election.

To be continued!

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