Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is what makes Russia a hostile power


AFTER WE learned that Donald Trump Jr. said he would “love” to receive campaign help from the Russian government, it was pointed out that Russia is a hostile power. This is true, but what does it mean? It’s worth revisiting the question, because the answer has a lot to do with what Russian President Vladi­mir Putin stood to gain by interfering in the United States’ 2016 presidential election. “Hostile,” in this case, doesn’t mean that Russia and the United States are about to go to war. In theory, their interests shouldn’t even diverge all that much. They are two continental powers on opposite sides of the world with no territorial disputes (though the melting of Arctic ice may change that). They share a fear of Islamist terrorism. What makes Russia hostile is Mr. Putin’s adherence to, and dependence on, a set of values that are antithetical to what have been, at least until now, bedrock American values. He favors spheres of influence over self-determination; corruption over transparency; and repression over democracy. His antipathy toward Hillary Clinton was not personality-driven but based on her advocacy of values that would threaten his rule.

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pekoe1 5:06 AM CDT 200 years of freedom and the rule of law have allowed the WaPo, NYT and others to develop into private institutions that have the power and resources to counter government power and and speak truth to power. And at the base of this power is the conscience of the individual, who at personal risk speaks the truth to a Free Press who then brings the truth to the public. Well done, WaPo.
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