Thursday, January 20, 2022


 There is little doubt about the involvement of the Russians in America's election in 2016, nor is there any doubt about who they were interested in supporting. There is little doubt as well about the interest Putin had in the outcome of the election in 2020. Even if you believe there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign, you can't be oblivious to the control Putin had over Trump.

As Russia continues its build up of forces on the border of Ukraine and rattles against NATO as though NATO is a threat to the security of Russian territorial integrity, are there forces at play inside America? If so, will they be acting in coordination with Russian moves, or simply taking advantage of the chaos and increased attention that is going to be required with the outbreak of war in Europe?

In denying the assessments of western leaders that it is looking for and perhaps manufacturing a pretext to invade, Russia believes everyone is as playable as Trump supporters they manipulated leading up to the 2016 election and beyond.  The continued use of social media to spread propaganda and foment division is one way the Russians could create a distraction for American officials at home while not directly involving Trump. There could also be a quiet understanding that things are in the works. This is of course, all speculation at this point. There may also be planning taking place outside of Russian planning to seize the opportunity to create more distrust and division in America. It serves the purposes of bad actors in and outside of America.

Western governments are already sounding the alarms about anticipated Russian cyber attacks on critical infrastructure. With the harmony of its people and trust in democratic institutions rattled in the state's already, such attacks will have much greater impact on America than would have been the case in the past. The question remains whether these attacks are going to be unwelcome by everyone in America, or if they will serve the needs of some domestic groups. A further question will remain in the event of such an attack, whether the attack was not just welcomed, but requested and aided in.

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