I've been trying to find a logical reason for the Congressional vote for the extreme action of imposing sanctions on Russia.
Sanction supporters talk about what they call "fake news",but the
term is just another word for propaganda which governments produce
all the time. We didn't impose sanctions on the British
government for its "fake news" stories about Weapons of Mass
Destruction in Iraq.
Russian spying on candidates cannot justify sanctions because spying
on political figures is a common government
activity. Besides the CIA had already infiltrated the Russian
hackers who were the alleged spies.
The only significant difference in the situation is that the person
Congress is concerned about is a woman, Hillary Clinton.
I believe Congress is upset because members think the
big old Russian bear was mean to poor little defenseless Goldilocks.
Does anyone believe Congress would have taken a similar action if
Donald Trump had been the alleged victim? Or, for that matter
the previous losing Democratic candidate John Kerry?
Congress didn't impose sanctions when Vietnam meddled in the 2004
election by producing story claiming that potential Democratic
presidential aspirant Sen Bob Kerrey had participated in a war crime
in Vietnam 50 years earlier.