Scathing criticism of President Obama’s decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats is pouring in, with the perhaps curious exception of the leaders of the Republican establishment. A senior congressional staff member told WND, “What’s amazing to me is how the Obama administration is pursuing a scorched earth policy and attempting to destroy our international relationships across the spectrum from Russia to Israel on their way out the door.” The aide noted the U.K.

and Australia “are openly at odds with them.” “It’s a mess – and what’s worse, it’s an unnecessary one,” the top staffer concluded. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said Obama “seems intent on setting the world on fire the month before he leaves office.” “First he betrays our ally Israel, and is now taking retaliatory action against Russia all within a week,” the congressman continued. FULL REPORT