Without active US engagement in Europe, an aggressively revanchist Russia will step in. Russia is already challenging the US and the EU in Ukraine, Syria, the Baltics, and the Balkans, and it may capitalize on the EU’s looming collapse by reasserting its influence in the former Soviet bloc countries, and supporting pro-Russia movements within Europe. If Europe gradually loses its US security umbrella, no one stands to benefit more than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After months of anticipation, speculation, and hand-wringing by politicians and journalists, American intelligence agencies have finally released a declassified version of a report on the part they believe Russia played in the US presidential election.
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
< Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 26. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Deputy chiefs of mission in all US embassies are career foreign service officers who are quite capable of holding down the forts for as long as necessary.
Donald J. Trump’s “daughter and son-in-law are about to move into a house previously owned by a staunch Putin opponent [Dan Rapoport] who advised politicians like Mitt Romney on why they should distrust the Russian leader…Rapoport is leaving town to head a $100 million American private equity investment in Ukraine.
<Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden
"He should have done more. He should have been more forceful, more public, and more public pushing back on what the Russians were doing. I think in retrospect, we let this go too far, for too long."
Gary Kasparov: “Today, the leaders of the free world must finally recognize that the preservation of Putin’s Russia in its current form is a much greater problem than the potential breakup of the country.”