January 07, 2017
Congress completed yesterday the certification of Donald J. Trump as
the next president of America. Still, grieving Democrats, minds of
the “Never Trumpers,” like Senators McCain and Lindsey Graham
are yet to settle on the news - with ease.
But will this easing ever happen?
groups may not agree that Trump is fit for the presidency,
nor think that the nation of America is in
But they may find it hard to debunk the
thought that to “Make America Great Again” is now the ruling
theme, at least for the next
For this lot, all is not over for as long as
they can cause some turbulence by pointing to flaws everywhere
in the process that selected Trump.
Senators John McCain and and
Lindsay Graham may easily qualify for a slot within this group.
Senator McCain has a strain for preferring his own foreign
policy goals, even above those of serving Presidents.
Ask George Bush.
By every indication to date, he is
not going to ease up on Trump. He and Graham have found a
common cause with Democrats in bashing the Russians for
supposedly meddling in the 2016 US election.
We ought to find the behaviors of McCain and Graham strange,
considering what the Democrats have been up to since they
The Democrats, as observed by many,
are out to de-legitimize Trump before he assumes his
administration. And the probe into the Russian affair, headed by
McCain at the Senate, gives them a handle.
Heads of five US intelligence groups
have testified in front of McCain's committee on the
matter of Russian meddling. Their conclusion, though, is not
exactly in sync with what the Democrats have already put out
before the hearings: That the
Russians have aided and abetted Trump's victory.
for the view that the Russian
meddled in in the 2016 election is obvious. Because it
diminishes Trump's success.
The horrific loss of November 07, 2016
has reached such a bitter level that they can't help pushing for the investigations, if only
will further help to dishonor Trump.
So, it is
appropriate at this stage to wonder why Senator McCain and Graham are avid
supporters of the investigation without having first pushed aside the
The Democrats are adept at this
propaganda game. But, Senator McCain and Lindsey are not
inept politicians either. Therefore, the failure to defend their party's nominee should raise a concern.
Pertinent and probable as the answer to the question of Russian
involvement in the 2016 elections is, it still raises another,
Russia has always been a villain in
the sights of America's super power interests. It is extremely likely
that they have interfered in many past American elections, long
But Democrats know that the charge against
Russia now can be enough red meat to draw in hawks like Senators McCain and
Graham to their cause.
For McCain and Lindsey, the accusation is
what they need to provide them the excuse for not embracing
Trump right away. He is a man they don't like, or
appreciate – at least since the
beginning of the 2016 primaries.
On the charge of Russia
interference alone, there are ample evidences
that other nations, could have done it too.
There are records of cyber attacks
on the US Federal system stretching back for decades. None
has ever received this frantic response like it is in 2016.
A cursory glance of the website of
CyberSecurity Law & Policy will show the number of times the
US Federal System has been attacked recently.
2006 – Representative Wolf and Foreign Affairs Committee offices
– the computers at his personal office, a number of unnamed
March 2009 – Senator Nelson
confirmed that his personal office computers had been subject to
three separate attacks.
June 2011 – The U.S. Senate’s
website was hacked and files from the website were posted
December 2011 – Iran claims to gained possession
of RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone with a cyber attack.
February 2012 – Department of Defense: F-35 development – cyber
attacks that stole classified information discussing the high
cost technology reported.
September 2015 - Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen
in cyberattack, five times as many as previously thought (reported
by Washington Post.)
So why now the exposure of
Russian skullduggery in 2016?
The answer is the 2016 loss and the evidence is Wikileaks exposure of DNC and
the Clinton Campaign Chairman, John Podesta, files.
Suddenly Liberals and Democrats, all formerly peaceniks and
doves, now see Russia as an existential threat to US interests
and are asking for confrontation.
We shouldn't, however, forget the other excuses that came before the
Remember the cry that the popular vote counted
more, the call for re-count in three key Democrat states and the
attempt to hamstring the electoral college and its processes?
All these calls came to naught.
Hillary rather lost more of her electors after a raucous
campaign by her supporters to get Trump electors to defect.
The Russian campaign
the same intent as the above back stories. Trump's
victory notwithstanding, there is a real attempt out there to
de-legitimize his administration before it starts.
Some are even wishing for his impeachment
at this early stage of the process.
Senators McCain and Lindsey, both Republicans, are providing
the bi-partisan blind. Why? Because, it may look more
noble and patriotic.
But, unfortunately, the Democrat
guile will be ongoing, even after McCain and Graham quit.
Recall that Senator McCain, at the early stages of the
Republican primaries, was the first to call Trump's supporters a
name akin to the “deplorables” that Hillary was to perfect later
in her campaign.
McCain and Graham are known as two of a
political tag team.
Graham was vanquished early in the
Republican primaries by Trump. The lack of open defense for
Trump on the part of these two, in the face of this Democrat assault,
ought to be seen as an outgrowth of a personal peeve.
The Russian involvement,
true or not, may have given them the perfect excuse.
Sadly, President Obama, the outgoing leader, has taken on the
onerous mantle. He is the one who has made
the Russian involvement a newsworthy issue. With this, he has
also put his face firmly on an international crisis with the
Obama has also brought on his head a crisis of
confidence for the US Intelligence services by involving them in
two controversies on his watch. They
were the ones who reported the "video" as cause
(proven false) for the Benghazi
fiasco and now are calling out the Russians for hacking.
Until this point,
Obama has done enough for his party, backed
Hillary to the hilt, campaigned vigorously on her behalf while
putting his own legacy on the line.
Why Obama couldn't overlook this Russian
situation during the last weeks of his presidency is puzzling.
He should have concentrated on a trouble
free transition and left his legacy, like others before him,
solely for the probes of history and decency.
Rather Obama has to put his legacy out
there, and on behalf of Hillary, to be used as a foil.
Or for what, the Russian re-set both he
and Hillary promised at the beginning of their administration
and failed to deliver?
Meanwhile, Hillary has pulled herself to the sideline, away from
all the current turmoil and is now beginning to smell like a
She has cleverly left Obama to do the dirty work - to
destroy Trump's chances for a successful presidency - and to
provide a bridge for someone like her to come back to the same
Well, the last time there was such an attempt, it was against
George Bush after the 2000 election. It left him vulnerable to
all sorts of attacks, including those from our very Senator
McCain who, providentially, came to lose his own bid for the
presidency to Obama in 2008.
The anger against Trump is worse than
that for Bush. But there is a
real fear. As unfit as they claim he is, there is also the
possibility that he might succeed. And that is the real
Trump may end up doing what
hardened political pros, the McCains and the Clintons, talked about but never did.
But first, let's hope people will respect the process that
selected Trump. We were given a choice between an
outsider/political novice and an establishment political pro.
And Trump won.
So those who were hurt by Trump's victory
must put the insult and the degrading description of his
personality on hold for now and give the man a
chance. He may be able to “drain the swamp” as promised, Russian
help or not.
www.ghanadot.com, Washington, DC, January 07, 2017.
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