Does the United States interfere with the Internal Affairs of other countries? Russia, China, and yes other powers including the United States do this kind of thing.

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By Lynn Woolley

I wondered this – and decided to surf the internet to see what I could find.

Specifically, I was interested in three things: First, did Obama attempt to influence the outcome of the Brexit vote in the UK? Second, did the Obama administration try to undermine the reelection of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu? Third, I wanted to refresh my memory of Obama’s actions in the 2009 Iranian “Green Revolution” in which the people rose – and Obama seemingly did not support them.

Obama issues a warning to the UK.

As is always the case, there are details – but the quick answers are:

Obama was firmly against a UK pullout from the European Union and he assuredly tried to influence the vote. With regard to Israel, he was part of a movement to sow discord and chaos. And on the Iranian issue – he seemed more concerned with cutting a nuclear deal than with freedom.

Obama and Brexit.

I looked at various accounts of this – from the left and the Right – to make it fair. Right-leaning Newsmax called the “leave” vote a rebuke of Obama:

So strong was the backlash to Obama’s blatant attempt to influence the Brexit vote – polls following his April visit to London showed the opposition to his remarks running at about 60 percent – that a reasonable case could be made he contributed to the outcome. Obama’s threatening remarks against Britain over Brexit seemed to have ignited a tempest. Upon leaving the EU, Obama said, Britain should not expect a new trade deal with the U.S., that it would be “in the back of the queue.”

Politico — not a right-wing outlet by any stretch of the imagination, also referenced Obama’s threats to the UK over trade, and noted that Hillary Clinton also meddled with Brexit.

President Barack Obama urged Britons to think carefully about the choice ahead of them. Leaving the EU would move the U.K. to the “back of the queue” on trade deals, he warned in April, and cast doubt upon the global institutions created in the wreckage of World War II. Hillary Clinton, too, cautioned Britons against scuppering decades of ever-growing trans-Atlantic cooperation.

Video: Interference? Obama warns the UK not to pull out of the EU

Obama and Netanyahu.

Is it no secret that Obama despises the Israeli prime minister and vice versa. But did he try to tamper with Israeli elections? For that, we went to left-leaning Politi-Fact, which took us through a chain of methods and movements. The question was:

Did President Barack Obama spend U.S. taxpayer dollars trying to toss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of office?

Drilling down to the basics, most liberals including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama support a so-called (but totally illogical) “two-state solution” between the Israelis and the Palestinians. So in September, 2013, Obama’s State Department funded a couple of projects under the auspices of OneVoice – a New York-based non-profit. $233,500 went to an affiliate in Israel and $115,776 went to an affiliate in the Palestinian territory — ostensibly to fund anti-Likud groups. Or, in other words, to fund a program to boot Netanyahu out of office. OneVoice says the money was all spent before the election was even scheduled.

PolitiFact tells us:

In January 2015, after the Israeli elections had been scheduled, OneVoice announced a partnership with V15, a new Israeli voter mobilization project. The partnership’s mission, as stated in its press release, was to “disrupt the status quo.” Using methods honed from the Obama campaign, including a key staffer from the president’s 2012 field operation, V15 aimed to put a center-left coalition into power. While its leaders officially denied that they opposed Netanyahu, it was a difference without a distinction. V15 wanted a government that would do more than Netanyahu’s Likud Party to negotiate with the Palestinians.

Or, to simplify it all:

So the connecting of the dots goes like this. Obama’s State Department gives OneVoice money. OneVoice trains student activists. Later, OneVoice strikes up a partnership with V15, which is aided by a former Obama campaign hand. V15, a voter mobilization project, wants to “disrupt the status quo.” The status quo in this case is Netanyahu.

Note that part about “disrupt the status quo” – exactly what we constantly hear the Russian desires to do in our elections.

Video: Obama — in the midst of Iran nuclear negotiations, is not happy with Netanyahu (March 3, 2015)

Obama and the Iranian “Green Revolution.”

This was a time when most conservatives in the United States saw an opening for regime change in Iran, and wondered why Obama seemed to be twiddling his thumbs. Ah but regime change would have meant no nuclear deal for Obama’s legacy.

Video: John McCain is critical of Obama’s lack of response (June 23, 2009)

For this, we went to no less trustworthy a site than CNN itself – a known Obama-worshiping, Trump-hating cable network. In a fact-check article, CNN was discussing Mitt Romney’s criticism of Obama’s inaction regarding street protests, three years after disputed elections in that country.

As you will recall, the Iranian government was not amused and it cracked down hard on the protesters. Romney was adamant:

“When millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, ‘Are you with us, or are you with them?’ — the American president was silent,” Romney said.

The CNN fact-check tells us:

The non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations describes it this way: “While Obama initially opted for a muted response, the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown of opposition supporters complicated his administration’s attempt to balance outreach with its defense of human rights.”

Obama, under pressure, talked, but did not act:

That day, June 15, Obama gave remarks on the situation. He said he was watching the news from Iran. It is “up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be,” he said, adding that “we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran.” But, Obama said, “I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process — free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected.” He said it was his understanding that “that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place,” and emphasized that he would continue to seek diplomacy with the country.

And, as things got worse, he made additional statements:

Asked why he would not spell out potential consequences for Iran over its behavior, the president replied, “Because I think that we don’t know yet how this thing is going to play out. I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle. I’m not.”

In early 2018, Donald Trump referenced unrest in Iran – and coupled it with the nuclear deal that he eventually pulled out of. This is from the left-leaning New York Times:

President Trump has given full-throated support to the antigovernment protesters in Iran. But the rising tide of unrest there complicates an already vexing decision for him: whether he should rip up the nuclear deal struck by President Barack Obama.

You can decide whether Obama’s inaction when the Iranian people took to the streets was in defense of his legacy with regard to the nuclear deal.

Video: Mitt Romney criticizes Obama for lack of support of the protests (October 22, 2012)

The bottom line: Of course Russia interferes in our internal affairs.

Russia, China, and yes other powers including the United States do this kind of thing. It’s one of the reasons we have clandestine spy agencies in the first place.

Obama did it to other countries – and the media simply ignored it or simply explained it away. But now you know.

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