Once again, the Democrats are targeting Russia as the enemy Americans need to watch. On Thursday, the Biden camp sent home a number of Russian diplomats and sanctioned at least three dozen businesses for the nation’s supposed influence on the 2016 and 2020 elections even if no evidence has ever surfaced to support that claim.
The moves are Biden’s second round of sanctions aimed at Russian President Vladimir Putin and the toughest and most sweeping so far. It comes five months after the SolarWinds cyber breach in which Russia is accused of hacking the networks of at least nine federal agencies as part of a mission to gather secrets of the U.S.
The actions also are in response to Russia’s efforts to influence the 2020 election by waging disinformation campaigns to help the candidacy of former President Donald Trump, mirroring meddling efforts in the 2016 election.
For the first time, the Biden administration publicly identified the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, also known as APT 29, Cozy Bear, and The Dukes, as the perpetrator of the SolarWinds attack, which the U.S. says gave Russia the ability to infect or potentially spy on 16,000 computer systems worldwide. Russia is accused of infecting software with malicious code to execute the broad-scope cyber espionage campaign.
The Biden administration sanctioned six Russian companies that provide support to Russia’s cyber program in addition to 32 entities and individuals accused of carrying out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the election. The U.S. also joined with the European Union and other allies to sanction eight other individuals and entities associated with Russia’s ongoing occupation in Crimea.
How long Russia’s Vladimir Putin is going to put up with this game from the Democrats is anyone’s guess. In the entire Russia Russia Russia probe, not one shred of evidence that Russia had anything to do with the 2016 election surfaced. Nothing. And in 2020, there hasn’t been any evidence produced either.
This is all smoke and mirrors and a game to get Americans to see Russia as a mortal enemy rather than what the nation is: an adversary to be watched.