I think I realized something about what Vladimir Putin is doing right now with American politics…and I became very scared.
When the heads of the FBI, the NSA, and the CIA testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday (2/13/2018), all of them said that Russia is still planning on interfering in our 2018 midterm elections in November. “Oh,” I thought, “they’ve been saying this since January.”
Then I realized something: Russia isn’t done. Whatever they are doing (and it seems to be working), they are not finished. Up until now, I’ve always thought that The reason Russia meddled in our 2016 Presidential election was to…meddle. That’s it. Sow discord in the United States and undermine our democratic election process.
Then, after the testimonies of all of our intelligence agencies yesterday, I started thinking that maybe just interfering in our election wasn’t the goal of Putin and Moscow. It was a means to an end, but not the ultimate goal. Then I thought to myself: “If Russia’s meddling was just a step in their plan, it was in order to…in order to…what?”
That’s when I got scared. I started going over in my mind what I knew Russia had done over the last while during Putin’s reign. Putin, with the help of Paul Manafort, helped influence an election (need date) in Ukraine to put in power someone (who?) who would serve soviet interests. Russia has also been accused of trying to interfere with other elections around the world (cite). Was the US election just another interference, akin to Ukraine?
No. Nope. Uh-uh. The United States is the brass ring to Russia. All those other instances of Russia influencing elections in other countries were just practice. For Vladimir Putin, the Cold War never ended, it just took Russia a while to man and execute their revenge against the US.
Which led me to the question: what does Russia want ultimately? Scary part: I have no idea. Has Russia’s position during the Cold War persevered? Or has it evolved? Do they want to get rid of America? How far would they go to eliminate the competition?
Nukes are out. If Russia bombed the US, they know it would not be good for them or the US. But what if another country bombed us? An expendable country that wouldn’t show a direct connection back to the USSR.
Enter North Korea.