There are rumblings from the East that should disturb every American, as Vladimir Putin continues making moves that suggest he’s willing to risk nuclear war to rebuild the Soviet Union.

Just over the past couple of months, we’ve seen aggression such as repeated provocations of US ships and planes by the Russian military, the bombardment of Aleppo, a breakdown of communications as Putin ignores Secretary of State John Kerry over Syria, the Russian violation of the INF arms control treaty, and now, in a chilling replay of history, Putin has mobilized nuclear missiles into the westernmost region of Kaliningrad.

Russia claims it’s just a “routine drill,” but the President of Ukraine warned that he thinks Putin is planning to take over half of Ukraine to add to the “Russian Empire.” Putin fed that fear by warning Russian officials to call their relatives home from other nations in light of the heightened chances of global war. Meanwhile, about all we’re hearing from our media about Russia are attempts by the Clinton campaign to blame Russia for the WikiLeaks hack, so we’ll focus on the messenger instead of the message.

For what it’s worth, Putin denied any involvement in the hacking, calling it a lot of “hysteria” and claiming there’s nothing in the US election campaign that’s in Russia’s interest, just one candidate trying to exploit Russia to win. Normally, I’d never believe a thing Putin says, but it’s a sad commentary on the Clinton campaign that they’ve made it a tossup as to which one is less likely to be telling the truth. Voters who are about to select a commander-in-chief in inherit the dangerous mess Obama's made of the world should remember that Hillary Clinton kicked off her tenure as Secretary of State by gong to Russia with a pathetic prop “reset button” from Staples, signaling to Russia the new Obama-style approach of abject weakness in foreign policy. Because nothing insures stability in the world like America projecting weakness.

Well, the US-Russia relationship has certainly been “reset,” all right. Reset back to the 1950s. Heckuva job, Hillary and Barack.

The First Debate

September 26, 2016

Tonight is the first Presidential debate, and the media are abuzz: Will Trump maintain his presidential composure or lose his temper? Will Hillary manage to remain vertical all the way through it? Will her Tracy Flick-like devotion to wonky homework and detailed 50-point plans make people forget that we’ve followed liberal plans like hers for the past eight years, and they’ve made a wreck of the economy and the world (seriously, she tries to scare us with what might happen if Trump were in power while ignoring that under hers and Obama’s watch, the word “beheadings” returned to the daily headlines for the first time since the French Revolution).

One thing that Hillary should be prepared for is that unlike the media, Bernie Sanders and the FBI, Trump will not roll over and make it easy for her. Her camp already tried to rattle him by inviting Trump critic Mark Cuban to sit in the front row. I can’t imagine that would bother Trump, but he returned fire with a Howitzer by inviting alleged Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to sit in the front row, which set off a series of calls by Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and other alleged victims, clamoring for tickets to come fill the arena.

I’m sure the media can’t believe Trump “went there,” because both they and previous GOP candidates have always studiously refused to. But Trump is a different kind on candidate in more ways than one. He’s not a genteel Ivy Leaguer who fights by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. He’s a Queens-born street fighter. I know from personal experience that he is incredibly cordial to anyone who doesn’t attack him. But if you try to sucker punch him, you’d better brace for him to slug you back twice as hard.

Still, I think that anyone hoping for a Trump meltdown will be disappointed. Trump wrote “The Art of the Deal,” and he knows how to get what he wants. He is surely aware that most Americans don’t want Hillary Clinton for President, but they’ve been frightened by a relentless media onslaught painting him as the worst human since Hitler. All he has to do is show the world that he’s nothing like that media-created cartoon and come across as a reasonable alternative to Hillary Clinton, because, just as in previous elections, that’s all that most voters are looking for.