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Heritage Foundation's Coffey: Russia Sanctions 'Too Little, Too Late'

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Friday, 30 Dec 2016 11:43 AM

President Barack Obama's actions Thursday to impose sanctions against Russia, including expelling 35 Russian officials, were "too little, too late," Heritage Foundation foreign policy director Luke Coffey said in The Daily Signal.

"Obama's announcement of sanctions against sections of Russia's intelligence community and expelling 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. is welcome but long overdue. This is too little, too late," Coffey said.

"Putin respects two things: Strength and consistency," he continued. "Over the past eight years, Obama has shown neither of these traits. This is why Russia felt confident enough to take the actions that it did."

So far, there is no evidence of interference in elections by Russia.

However, Coffey said, "Russia's actions are indeed alarming, and they must be taken seriously."

"Russia has a proven track record of taking an interest in the internal events and election processes of NATO member countries. In this case, the forensic evidence released by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI is detailed and persuasive in showing Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee. So Russian denials are not credible."

The president took action too quickly, according to Coffey.

"Any investigation into this matter needs to be independent, bipartisan, and given enough time to do a comprehensive job. Obama's rushed internal review lacks creditability," he said.

The Heritage Foundation graded Russia's threat level — Coffey said that the Foundation's 2017 "Index of U.S. Military Strength" reported that, "Russia seeks to maximize its strategic position in the world at the expense of the United States."

The report said Russia's cyber-warfare ability is "incredibly advanced" and called the threat from Russia "aggressive" and "formidable."

U.S. intelligence deserves praise for its efforts, Coffey said.

"The U.S. intelligence community has continued to serve us skillfully and often gallantly to keep all Americans safe 24/7. That needs to be a priority now and in the future," he said.

Some Republicans approved of Obama's sanctions, while likewise slamming Obama, according to the Washington Post.  

"While today's action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia," House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Coffey, a U.S. Army veteran, is responsible for directing policy research at the Heritage Foundation into the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Western Hemisphere, and the Arctic region, according to his bio on the foundation's site

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President Barack Obama's actions Thursday to impose sanctions against Russia, including expelling 35 Russian officials, were "too little, too late," Heritage Foundation foreign policy director Luke Coffey said in The Daily Signal.
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