Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Max Boot thinks Putin's Intervention in the Election May Just be Starting

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russia's cabinet in the Kremlin in Moscow on July 22. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik via Associated Press)
Max Boot, lifelong Republican, Iraq war fan and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations is very concerned about Trumps ties to Vladimir Putin.   Boot is concerned by what he calls a foreign intervention in American politics.  We crossed that bridge with Netanyahu several years ago, but I digress.

Writing in the OP/Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times, Boot cites two well know and aptly named Russian hacker groups,"Cozy Bear and "Fancy Bear" declaring "Moscow's virtual fingerprints are all over this operation".  Boot fears that Putin may just be getting started noting that Bloomberg has reported this past June that the Clinton Foundation was also hacked and Putin could be holding back more explosive emails until October.

After quickly going through the known information about Trump's cozy relationship with Putin and Trumps financial ties (dependence?) much of which I highlighted below, Boot concludes,
Trump’s campaign — whose slogan might as well be  “Make Russia Great Again”— presents Putin with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reorient American foreign policy in Russia’s favor.  Without the countering influence of the U.S., Putin has  a good chance to achieve his dream of undoing the collapse of the Soviet Union, which he has called a “geopolitical catastrophe,” by re-swallowing Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and other former Soviet republics.
Such a development ought to alarm all Americans, even Republicans. The idea of a hostile foreign power interfering in a U.S. election is a threat to our democracy, one that Republican leaders would be condemning if they hadn’t checked  their principles at the gate in exchange for tickets on the Trump Train.
Boot's right that this is a very serious situation and it's going to be interesting and more than a little terrifying to watch this play out.

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