Putin di­vid­ing na­tions, to end years of rel­a­tive peace

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Pres­i­dent Trump has been disrespectful to and be­gun trade wars with most, if not all, of our al­lies.

These ac­tions will likely hurt the economies of the U.S. and our al­lies. This at a time when we have led the world in im­pos­ing sanc­tions against Rus­sia for var­i­ous vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional laws, in­clud­ing the armed in­va­sion of Ukraine.

The pres­i­dent’s cur­rent eco­nomic and diplo­matic strate­gies ap­pear to be de­signed to ul­ti­mately iso­late the U.S. and push friendly coun­tries into the wait­ing arms of Rus­sia. There will then no longer be any good rea­son for our al­lies to sup­port U.S.-led sanc­tions against Rus­sia.

Mr. Putin is a chess mas­ter and is think­ing five to eight moves ahead. While most U.S. cit­i­zens are fo­cus­ing on the daily es­capades of our clow­nand liar-in- chief, Rus­sia is mov­ing, un­abated, driv­ing a wedge in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ships that have brought rel­a­tive peace to the world for 70 years. — Michael Richter, San Jose

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