'Following the underwhelming indictment of ‘Russian trolls’ for alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections, some US pundits have doubled down, comparing their actions to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
Following the underwhelming indictment of ‘Russian trolls’ for alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections, some US pundits have doubled down, comparing their actions to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty made the glib comparison in a piece published Sunday. While admitting there was “no loss of life,” Tumulty claimed Russia was guilty of “an act of war nonetheless, a sneak attack using 21st-century methods.”
Tumulty lambasted President Donald Trump for ridiculing the hysteria over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of just 13 Russian individuals and organisations, none of which were linked to the Kremlin, for fraud and identity theft after a nine-month inquiry.
“Imagine how history would have judged Franklin D. Roosevelt in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, if he had taken to the radio airwaves to declare that Tokyo was ‘laughing their asses off,’” Tumulty ranted. “Or if George W. Bush had stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center with a bullhorn and launched a name-calling tirade against the Democrats.”
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