Putin is a lot of things: oppressor, ruthless, disingenuous, cruel, vindictive….. the list is long. He is also an opportunist, who sees the paralysis of constructive dialog between President Obama and obstructionist Congressional Republicans as a chance to promote his agenda, chip away at US influence and further destabilize our dysfunctional government.
Having gone through the collapse of the USSR, he recognizes the symptoms leading up it’s demise that have taken hold here. While his motives are to precipitate the collapse of the USA, his messages, the tools he uses to further that end, are the substance of the unspoken dialog we should be having, but is lost in the political firestorm that has become the new American Regressionism.
In a healthy environment of constructive Congressional dialog and worthy motives, Putin’s Op-Ed wouldn’t be published. The national dialog would be focused instead on how to rebuild our middle class, extricate ourselves from carbon dependency, make immigration a manageable process of inclusion, extend civil rights to our disenfranchised citizens, make our streets safe and educate our children for tomorrow. We would be so busy working on building a better future, suspicious intentions wouldn’t have a chance to take hold. If you’re screaming about the evils of Putin, you’re wasting your time. We have a lot of cleaning up to do here at home.