Editor: The citizens of the USA and those who love freedom and democracy have a common enemy and his name is Vladimir Putin. A Soviet Union KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before resigning in 1991 to enter politics and after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1996 he joined President Boris Yeltsin’s administration where he served as director of the FSB, the KGB’s successor agency, and then as prime minister. He became acting president on Dec. 31, 1999, when Yeltsin resigned. He has essentially been head of the Russian government ever since. He has no lost love for the USA, freedom and democracy. He wants to rebuild the former Soviet empire or failing that to exert control over all the nations surrounding Russia.
How does he seek to do this? As a former KBG agent Putin was schooled in the acts of sabotage, propaganda technics and campaigns of lies and disinformation. His primary goals using these techniques are three-fold.
He seeks to weaken our nation by fermenting hyper-partisanship with the result we turn on one another including our once highly respected intelligence agency as the enemy not him and he seeks to weaken our relationships with all of our allies including those former Republics of the Soviet empire.
Putin’s techniques work because he and those who at best inadvertently or at worst with malfeasance use those technics to sow such discord in our nation that we have come to view those who don’t adhere to the “party” line as traitors to our nation. He doesn’t favor one political party over the other he simply uses them and their followers to create hyper-partisanship destroying our working democracy thereby making our government look dysfunctional and weak to ourselves and to other nations.
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