To the Editor:
Why are the Russians being so aggressive with their Internet “disinformation” here and in other countries?
I think the reason is now obvious. Trump said many times over the years that the United States should not be in NATO.
The Russian social media campaign against Clinton was about her great support of NATO and its mission against Russia. Putin wants NATO to be broken up so they won’t be mutually supporting each other.
NATO and the European community have imposed sanctions on Russia, Putin, and some of his friends for invading Ukraine. The Ukraine was the second invasion by Russia. The first was Georgia, when Russia lopped off a third of the country and it only got lip service. Now he is threatening Estonia, so NATO sent a brigade to it and the other Baltic states.
His plan is to take back the Warsaw Pact countries. Then, with a weakened NATO, perhaps he takes the rest of Europe by coercion and from within by internal dissension.
The short game is to keep us from defending Eastern Europe. A secondary purpose is to create so much dissension here that our attention will be inward. The playbook for this strategy was written in 1930s Germany.
A few radical right people took control of the government and we know what happened. Like it or not, we have to stand together against Russia within NATO.