Rus­sia and our na­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Did Rus­sia try to in­flu­ence our 2016 elec­tion be­cause its pres­i­dent, Vladimir Putin, did not want Hil­lary Clin­ton to win the Amer­i­can pres­i­dency?

I be­lieve the ob­vi­ous an­swer is yes, but the ques­tion re­mains: Why?

Putin is still al­legedly mad at Clin­ton for re­port­edly try­ing to get him beaten four years ago. At that time, Clin­ton, as sec­re­tary of state, could have used her in­flu­ence with our in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to spy on Putin just as Rus­sia spies on us.

Most peo­ple seem­ingly be­lieve Putin was not freely elected, but facts seem­ingly in­di­cate he got 82 per­cent of the vote. He was the can­di­date of the Rus­sia United party. It might sur­prise some that one of the largest po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Rus­sia is the Lib­eral Democrats.

Amer­i­can poll­sters say Putin today still is sup­ported by over 80 per­cent of the Rus­sian peo­ple. The bot­tom line is that Putin isn’t go­ing away, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump needs a top ex­pert on Rus­sia to deal with him.

Nei­ther the United States or Rus­sia wants war be­cause both na­tions each have over 5,000 nu­clear bombs which could wipe out our en­tire planet.

In­stead of con­stantly taunt­ing each other, it would be to the ad­van­tage of both na­tions to work to­gether to at­tack ter­ror, which seem­ingly threat­ens all coun­tries. VER­NON McDANIEL


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