The news has just broken that Vladimir Putin will expel 755 American diplomats — or “diplomats,” depending on whether they’re working for the State Department or some other, er, agencies — in retaliation for the latest round of American sanctionsimposed by a panicked Congress being stampeded into increasingly foolish actions by the resentful Democrats and their allies in the Compromised Media. This is a toxic brew that can have no good outcome, but the short version is: we’ve just been neutralized in Russia.
Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that he was ordering 755 American diplomats out of that country. In an interview with the state-owned broadcaster Russia 24, Putin said the move was in response to “illegal restrictions” imposed on the country by the United States. Putin claims that there are over a “thousand” American diplomatic employees in Russia, but “755 will have to cease their activities in the Russian Federation.”
The Senate passed a new round of sanctions on Thursday aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering on the United States’ presidential election, among other things. A U.S. State Department official declined to comment Putin’s announcement, telling NBC News: “It is our policy to not comment on the number of individuals serving at our missions abroad.”
If this were a Bond movie, our hero would meet a shadowy figure with a foreign accent at a back table in a seedy restaurant in Baku, where Robbie Coltrane or Christoph Waltz would be waiting for him. “Congratulations, Mr. Bond,” he would intone. “You’ve just been blinded.”
As Clarice Feldman notes, the entire Democrat/Compromised Media fantasy over Russian “collusion” during the 2016 election has now collapsed, but the damage the Left has done to our nation purely out of pique over its loss last fall is becoming incalculable. Using their standard technique of “raising questions,” they began a Narrative that has led to a falling-dominoes series of calamities that now threaten not only the Trump presidency, but also the very legitimacy of our form of government.