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Susan Rice ordered the NSC to ‘stand down’ amid concerns Russia was meddling in the 2016 election

March 11, 2018

  This is a very long and concise article about Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election and the Obama administration’s lack of a response to the reports of Russian interference. I will share the parts I find most interesting but there is much more to read in the link I provided above.

  The Obama administration knew the Russians were trying to interfere in the election but there was dissension the ranks about how to respond to this meddling. 

Obama’s top national security officials were uncertain how to respond. As they would later explain it, any steps they might take-calling out the Russians, imposing sanctions, raising alarms about the penetrations of state systems—could draw greater attention to the issue and maybe even help cause the disorder the Kremlin sought. A high‑profile U.S. government reaction, they worried, could amplify the psychological effects of the Russian attack and help Moscow achieve its end. “There was a concern if we did too much to spin this up into an Obama-Putin face-off, it would help the Russians achieve their objectives,” a participant in the principals meeting later noted. “It would create chaos, help Trump, and hurt Clinton. We had to figure out how to do this in a way so we wouldn’t create an own-goal. We had a strong sense of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm.”

A parallel concern for them was how the Obama administration could respond to the Russian attack without appearing too partisan. Obama was actively campaigning for Clinton. Would a tough and vocal reaction be seen as a White House attempt to assist Clinton and stick it to Trump? They worried that if a White House effort to counter Russian meddling came across as a political maneuver, that could compromise the ability of the Department of Homeland Security to work with state and local election officials to make sure the voting system was sound. (Was Obama too worried about being perceived as prejudicial or conniving? “Perhaps there was some overcompensation,” a top Obama aide said later.)

  So, the Obama administration knew Russia was trying to interfere in the election but was concerned more about politics than protecting the integrity of the election: They simultaneously were worried about letting the people know about this concern because they felt it would look like like they were trying to help Hillary Clinton but at the same time were worried if they came clean it could help Donald Trump.

  While the Obama administration was trying to walk this tightrope a meeting was held between Susan Rice and the National Security Counsel in which Susan Rice ordered the NSC to stand down:

One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called Daniel into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. “Don’t get ahead of us,” she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: “Stand down.” She told Daniel to “knock it off,” he recalled.

Daniel walked back to his office. “That was one pissed-off national security adviser,” he told one of his aides.

At his morning staff meeting, Daniel matter-of-factly said to his team that it had to stop work on options to counter the Russian attack: “We’ve been told to stand down.” Daniel Prieto, one of Daniel’s top deputies, recalled, “I was incredulous and in disbelief. It took me a moment to process. In my head I was like, ‘Did I hear that correctly?’” Then Prieto spoke up, asking, “Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?” Daniel informed them that the orders came from both Rice and Monaco. They were concerned that if the options were to leak, it would force Obama to act. “They didn’t want to box the president in,” Prieto subsequently said.

It was a critical moment that, as Prieto saw it, scuttled the chance for a forceful immediate response to the Russian hack—and keenly disappointed the NSC aides who had been developing the options. They were convinced that the president and his top aides didn’t get the stakes. “There was a disconnect between the urgency felt at the staff level” and the views of the president and his senior aides, Prieto later said. When senior officials argued that the issue could be revisited after Election Day, Daniel and his staff intensely disagreed. “No—the longer you wait, it diminishes your effectiveness. If you’re in a street fight, you have to hit back,” Prieto remarked.

  And now because of Barack Obama’s inaction in the face of Russian threats the whole narrative has been turned around and Donald Trump is being investigated for the Russian interference the Obama administration knew was happening but did nothing to stop.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2018 11:01 pm

    Notice the date of this RT article. I think Hillary tried to smear any Republican candidate with the Russian bogeyman. The Russian bot farm story was a joke. The only person tampering with US elections is the Democratic Party through voter fraud. There are only 15 states that do not have a paper voter trail. The US does not use or have a national voting system. Each county is responsible for voting. We need voter ID laws.

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    • March 12, 2018 5:28 am

      I agree 100%! It is pretty telling to me that the Democrats are so vehemently opposed to voter ID laws.


  2. March 11, 2018 11:51 pm

    Here is an excerpt from Megyn Kelly and President Putin. (I can’t stand the videos of this interview. The US elite, Republican, Democrat shills and the msm propaganda organs have been on a nonsto anti Russia tirade that will destroy the US.)

    Megyn Kelly: But it was not Americans. It was Russians. And it was hundreds of people, a monthly budget of 2.5 billion dollars, all designed to attack the United States in a cyber warfare campaign. [I think she is talking about the cyber bot farm. A fake story and Mueller indictment] You are up for re-election right now. Should the Russians be concerned that you had no idea this was going on in your own home country, in your own hometown?

    Vladimir Putin: You know, the world is very large and diverse. We have rather complicated relations between the United States and the Russian Federation. And some of our people have their own opinion on these relations and react accordingly. At the level of the Russian Government and at the level of the Russian President, there has never been any interference in the internal political processes in the United States.

    You have named some individuals and said that they are Russian. So what? Maybe, although they are Russian, they work for some American company. [maybe Soros’ Open Society] Maybe one of them worked for one of the candidates. I have no idea about this, these are not my problems. Do you know that, for example, after the presidential election in the US, some Ukrainian officials sent messages congratulating Hillary Clinton, even though Trump had won? Listen, what do we have to do with this?

    My comment is in brackets

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  3. Brittius permalink
    March 12, 2018 3:04 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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