Last week, I linked to an excerpt from the new book by John Solomon and Seamus Bruner entitled ‘FALLOUT: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties.’ That chapter told of the dangerous work of an American undercover agent, William Douglas Campbell, as he risked his life in a Moscow hotel room to document an exchange of cash bribes. Today, another excerpt tells the story from that same informant of how the Russians privately mocked President Obama for so easily giving them American uranium in the Uranium One deal, as well as nuclear fuel contracts and technology.
In Russia, PRAVDA reported it as a coup that Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy conglomerate, had taken control of Uranium One Incorporated, and that was not an exaggeration. Though Rosatom was a Canadian company, Putin’s takeover involved the transfer of ownership of 20 percent of America’s uranium. Today’s excerpt from the book is a must-read for anyone curious about what Putin’s goals were and how his win came about, thanks to the gracious assistance of President Obama.
As reported by Solomon and Bruner: “Putin had set his sights on global nuclear domination before President Barack Obama took office and then, just two days after Obama’s second inauguration, Putin had achieved a near virtual monopoly, producing more uranium than all American miners combined. In a single purchase [Rosatom], he had gained full control of one of the world’s largest uranium mining companies and a nuclear foothold in the land of his greatest adversary.”
Kind of makes you think that all those cries of “Russia, Russia, Russia!!” were misdirected.
Rosatom, launched by Putin in 2007, was structured as a private-public enterprise, in that “its expenditures were subsidized, its profits were privatized and its losses were socialized,” essentially giving the Kremlin “a blank checkbook” that ensured Western companies could not compete. (NOTE: This is what they don’t teach college kids about the true nature of government-controlled economies, and why top government leaders in “socialist” countries are typically billionaires while "the masses" scrape by.)
Importantly, Putin needed –- and got –- Obama’s blessing to help Iran develop the Bushehr nuclear reactor, “a project that previous American administrations had deemed unacceptable.” Despite hard evidence that Iran was secretly moving forward on an illegal nuclear weapons program, Obama did nothing to get in the way of this.
Putin also created some lovely new customers and partnerships for Rosatom, including ruthless anti-American dictators such as Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Hu Jintao of China, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and even Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
As you know, the FBI was aware of what Putin was doing because it had its own undercover agent, now identified as Mr. Campbell, inside Rosatom. A few days after he delivered the suitcase with $50,000 cash to Russian officials while secretly recording the transaction with a camera hidden in his pen, he was invited to dinner by the Russians –- including one connected to the KGB and another who was found to have been a spy on American soil –- to Morton’s steakhouse in the tony Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. (He also picked up the tab for the $700 steak-and-vodka dinner; “your tax dollars at work.”)
The Russians were out for a fun evening because they knew the Uranium One deal was about to be approved and they were planning a party to celebrate the opening of the new office of their American subsidiary, Tenam.
It was at this dinner, with the vodka flowing, that the Russians mocked President Obama, whom they denigrated with the racial epithet of “Bongo-Bongo,” for essentially giving away the farm, which, of course, he HAD DONE. They laughed about how weak his administration was and how they had put one over on him. Of course, they were unaware of Campbell’s true identity and thought they were among friends, so they felt free to make fun of the President all they wanted.
They must have repeated what Obama himself is so fond of saying: "Thanks, Obama!"
Campbell later told Congress, “I was frustrated watching the U.S. government make numerous decisions benefiting Rosatom and Tenex while those entities were engaged in serious criminal conduct on U.S. soil.”
This particular excerpt doesn’t even get into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One deal and how the Clintons profited from hugely inflated speaking fees for Bill and contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative while she was Secretary of State and also on the board that had to approve that sale. For those details and a great deal more, I recommend you read the book!
When one dares to look honestly into the Obama administration’s dealings with Russia over the years 2008-2016, it makes the more recent years of Russia-related finger-pointing at President Trump seem like the ridiculous fraud they are. Imagine if Trump’s administration were dealing with Russia the way the Obama administration did. Once again, we have an example of the Democrats accusing Republicans of the very thing they've been doing themselves.