If you ignore reality, in an ideal world, yes, having a strong relationship with Russia would be great for the United States, and the world as a whole. Of course it’s better when two nations with most of the world’s nuclear weapons are working with one another as opposed to against.
Unfortunately, reality can’t be ignored — even as much as Donald Trump and his supporters try to do exactly that.
That’s why Vladimir Putin’s sudden “interest” in improving relations with the United States is not a good thing. Russia didn’t hack last year’s election along with spreading massive amounts of propaganda on social media to “make America great again.” They did so to hurt the chances of a politician Putin definitely didn’t want as president because he knew Hillary Clinton damn sure couldn’t be pushed around or manipulated like Trump. Russia also did this to sow the seeds of doubt in our own democracy, dividing Americans, because Putin knows that a fractured and divided United States — especially politically — is good for Russian interests.
It’s not as if George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or even Hillary Clinton didn’t want a better relationship with Russia, they were just intelligent enough to realize (yes, even Bush) that Russia could never really be trusted with a serial-killing tyrant like Putin in charge. Sure, Obama tried when he was first elected to office, only to quickly realize Russia would never be an ally who could be trusted.
The truth of the matter is, Putin hates the United States. As an ex-KGB agent, and quasi-dictator, Putin would love nothing more than to see the United States crumble. So trust me when I say that he’s absolutely thrilled that Trump’s “president.” Seeing the “President” of the United States publicly bashing his predecessors, while casting doubt on the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, all while our allies move further and further away from us, is exactly what Putin wants to see happen.
After all, what could be better for Russia than having half of this country doubting the credibility and intentions of the agencies tasked with guarding our national security, while most of our main allies pull away from us due to the unhinged, erratic, and unethical nature of the current “president”?
For those of you who might not have picked up on it, the “picture I just painted” is that of a fractured and weakened United States becoming increasingly isolated from key global allies — which all plays right into the hands of what a tyrant like Putin wants.
Say what you want about Putin — and there’s plenty to say about a man who’s turned his nation’s media into state-run propaganda and has had multiple journalists murdered — but he’s a very intelligent individual who undoubtedly realizes what an incompetent buffoon Trump is and how easily he’s manipulated. All he has to do is sit there, criticize the American media and tell Trump how strong he is while stroking his massive ego, and he knows the orange idiot is going to fall for it. It’s not a coincidence that over the last few months Putin’s often parroted the same talking points Trump has used to disparage the American media, Democrats, Clinton, and allegations that Russia launched a cyber attack against us. He knows one thing a person like Trump enjoys hearing is someone saying, “Yes, you’re right about everything terrible you say about everyone you hate and oppose. They are all out to get you because they fear you.”
No matter how Republicans want to spin this, it’s not a good thing when someone like Putin launches a cyber attack hoping to elect one candidate over another, all while publicly declaring his desire to “improve relations with the United States” — right after trying to undermine the integrity of our democracy.
There are many reasons why Vladimir Putin ordered this cyber attack and did everything he could to help Donald Trump “defeat” Hillary Clinton last November — and none of them are because he had the best interests of the United States at heart or he cared anything about “making America great again.”
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