May 13, 2014
Asked today about Hunter Biden’s insider deal to run the legal department at Burisma Holdings, the largest gas producer in Ukraine, Obama spokesman Jay Carney and State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Biden is a private citizen and his appointment has nothing to do with the government.
It was insinuated by a reporter Hunter Biden is comparable to a Russian oligarch, a characterization summarily dismissed by Psaki.
Imagine, however, if Hunter Biden, who has ties to the financial elite thanks to his influential father and once managed a hedge fund, was targeted by travel restrictions and sanctions like the Russian oligarchs currently are. Let’s say Obama’s “inner circle” was targeted by Russia for drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan. How big would the double standard be? How loud would the howls be at The New York Times and The Washington Post, the American equivalent to Russia Today and The Voice of Russia?