In the name of Allah, the Merciful to all, the Compassionate
Yesterday the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian estates in New York and Maryland. Obama also sanctioned the Russian external intelligence service FSB and the military intelligence service GRU as well as some of its leaders. The reason given was to retaliate for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election.
Let’s put aside the debate about what really Russians did and how successful their “hacking” to influence the U.S. election was. The more important issue is that the President of United States claims that one of many of their adversaries could hack into the election and influence the results, and they could not do anything about it.
Attention anyone who still thinks the United States is a superpower:
The president of United States confesses that a foreign country could change the results of presidential election, and all they could do is to haplessly watch and silently cry. It means he considers his country on par with a third world one, let alone being a superpower. He knows that the cancellation of the election and having another one is not a choice, because they may end up as a shattered union.
Moreover, he is not the only one who feels pity. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of four senior senators put it this way:
While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyber-attacks that have cut to the heart of our free society.
Cut to the heart of a superpower? And all they could do is to expel some diplomats and prevent their kids from going on vacation for the holidays?Are they serious?
Many scholars, in last decade, elaborated on why the U.S. is in decline and they cannot keep their status as a superpower. Now the U.S. is in a situation where its leaders cannot hide the pain with a fake smile. Just a week ago, when Syrian legitimate government could capture Aleppo and threw NATO’s mercenaries out of that area, the U.S. left out of the negotiations of a new ceasefire in Syria, by Iran and Russia. That was a serious loss of face for Obama, and a clear indication that nobody offers the U.S. a seat in any negotiation table anymore, let alone considering them a superpower.
Think about U.S. failures in recent years:
- They tried everything to curb Iran and they failed. Iran and its allies are stronger than ever.
- Their new Middle-East peace initiative is in shambles.
- Regime change in Syria failed and Libya’s regime change ended in a disaster.
- U.S. allies like Turkey and Philippine actively seeking for alternatives and distance themselves from U.S.
- TTP and TTIP trade pacts did not finalize. Because all the players in the world stage can see the signs of weakness on U.S.’ face.