The Obama administration is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the US election, according to American officials briefed on the plans.
The actions are expected to include expanded sanctions and diplomatic measures, the officials said, in what the administration deems a proportional response to a Russian operation that went beyond cyber hacking activities common among nations.
Russia will respond to any "hostile steps" that the US may take in response to allegations of hacking during the 2016 election, according to the official representative for the ministry.
Some of the steps are expected to name individuals associated with a Russian disinformation campaign that US intelligence officials say used hacked information from mostly Democratic Party organizations and officials to attack the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Russia, of course, continues to deny that they had anything to do with the hacking, even though just about every single security agency has called them out over it.
I for one am not exactly sure what the Obama Administration can do that will have much of an effect since surely Trump will relax whatever sanctions they put in place. (Kind of interesting to see what kind of backlash Trump might face for doing that since it is almost an admission that he is protecting those who helped him to gain the White House.)
Personally, I think that the first thing we should do to punish Putin is to arrest his puppet for colluding with a foreign power to undermine our democracy, and throw is corpulent orange ass in jail.
After that, we should cut off ALL aid to Russia until their people rise up and remove Putin from office.
And then after that, and only after that, newly elected President Hillary Clinton can once again negotiate a reset with the country and the safety and security of the world will be ensured.
Yes, I realize that it is extremely unlikely that any of that will happen.
But you have to admit that it should.