Russia has intervened directly in the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, in a manner according to U.S. intelligence sources aimed at throwing the election to Donald Trump and to Republican Congressional candidates.
The Russian actions, carried out through cyber attacks and disinformation (fake news) campaigns, may have tilted the election and one or more congressional campaigns to Trump and Republican congressional candadates.
These actions constitute a flagrant violation of the international law norms probibiting foreign interference in the internal affairs of any state (country).
On the proibition under the U.N. Charter and international law of interference in the internal affairs of any state, see
“Russian economic pressures and actions to force Ukraine not to ratify EU treaty violate international law principle of non-intervention (Updated November 27, 2013),” The Trenchant Observer, November 13, 2013.
President Barack Obama, in his eighth year in office still a deer in headlights when it comes to foreign policy, has done nothing that we know of to respond to Putin and the Russians, beyond his usual clever words which amount to no action.
Nonetheless, he should act now by adopting countermeasures to halt any ongoing Russian activities and to deter them in the future. These countermeasures could involve any of a wide range of measures, from a trade embargo to sectorial economic sanctions.
This is not a matter to be passed on to the next president.
Obama should act forcefully now. Whether cabinet nominees will uphold such measures in the next administration should be at the heart of their Senate confirmation hearings.
The Trenchant Observer