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.