Our resident Silver lining has asked this question in a number of different threads, so I figured I’d start one here to centralize the discussion. Presumably he thinks this question is of great importance and or persuasive value.
My thoughts, all pretty much just ripped from the above source.
- Obama did not appreciate the full scope and severity of the Russian election meddling campaign, and his stand down order was a legitimate mistake.
- Obama didn’t want a tit-for-tat escalation of hostilities, and due to reason 1 above, felt that a personal conversation with Putin would suffice.
- Given that a counter attack was off the table per reason 2, Obama opted to focus on defense instead.
Seems to me that the question asked was answered in one of the articles that Silver lining himself posted, but that’s just my take on it. Anyone got anything else? Is this the bombshell he apparently wants it to be?