Russia has long envied the power and influence America maintains on the world stage and has always blamed America for the Soviet Union collapse. They have undermined America on many occasions over the past few decades but with little harm to America’s standing. When Putin decided to actively interfere in the 2016 US elections he did so with a few end goals in mind. Putin is a very patient man who strategizes to achieve results in the long term when it comes to Foreign Policy and elevating Russia’s positioning in the world.
We can now safely come to the conclusion that Russia did interfere in our elections through a multifaceted attack involving the use of fake news, targeting social media, employing hackers to steal data, targeting our voting machines, employing Wikileaks to release data and inflating the division that existed in America. Putin succeeded in installing Trump into the White House and we are now left with confusion, a dysfunctional administration and daily chaos.
When Putin chose to target America through the installation of Trump and other cabinet members he had two end goals. The first one was to achieve an end to sanctions and have America turn a blind eye to Russia’s internal affairs as well as their hostile involvement in Ukraine and other countries in Russia’s sights including the Baltic States. Russia’s economy has suffered tremendously through the sanctions that have been imposed by Europe and America, as punishment for their vicious behavior in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and their continued attacks on Ukraine. Sanctions have also effectively put on hold many future projects between Russia and their International Partners resulting in heavy monetary losses. Clearly, Trump is having difficulty delivering to Putin the lifting of sanctions! Just recently the Senate overwhelmingly voted to restrict Trump from having the ability to unilaterally lift sanctions which resulted in push back from the White House and a demand to water down the language of the bill. So it looks like Putin is losing.. He’s not!
Putin’s other goals, that are being achieved on somewhat of a daily basis, are to cause utter chaos in America, the dismantling of sacred institutions, causing a dysfunctional and practically paralyzed government, destroying America’s global image and superiority, alienating America from her Allies, creating a Constitutional crisis and taking America into unprecedented territory with no immediate solution insight. Putin is accomplishing this very well with the absolute help and willingness of the Trump administration. America is still very much under attack by the Kremlin and the attacks are only increasing because the Russians now have a insider, in the most powerful position in the world, who is helping them facilitate these attacks. In the short time of Trump’s Presidency, he has managed to attack our best and most loyal Allies, question the commitments that America has always been known to stand by (NATO) and actively seek to cause distrust among the Intel sharing communities, that have always helped America remain safe overseas and at home. Just recently, Trump decided to hand over very sensitive classified Intel to the Russians, by one of our most trusting partners, Israel. The result, Israel will now take into consideration on the amount of Intel they will be willing to share, which effectively will put our troops who are fighting ISIS and other terrorist organizations into harms way.
Trump has caused a great strain on our institutions and purposefully has left many positions vacant and filled the few with inexperienced and/or corrupt individuals, which is definitely having a visible impact. Trump has also successfully started dismantling all the social services that have taken care of the poor, sick and vulnerable in our society. This constant chaos has resulted in a general consensus among our Allies that America has a President whose allegiance lies with Russia. As a result, our Allies are increasingly distrustful and this is causing a strain on relations with our Allies and effectively making America the laughing stock of the world.
While America is fighting for its democracy and facing one of the most insane and challenging situations this country has ever faced, Putin is raising his standing and influence in the world. Putin is enjoying this chaos for many reasons. First, the state of affairs in America currently are the best revenge for Putin, who has long accused America of internal interference. Russia is also setting a strong example to the vulnerable countries that they have in their sights. Our European allies who have normally received guarantee and help from America are left with fighting an ongoing attack by Russia with virtually no support from America. Putin is also elevating his influence over key regions and at the same time creating conflicts to keep America occupied so that he can continue with his plans of world dominance. Trump is helping Putin every step of the way!