These are strange times, when I find myself paying attention to politicians I once despised. Only in the time of President Trump would I care about what former Vice President Dick Cheney would have to say about Russian interference in the 2016 election. When delivering a speech before a business conference in Delhi, India, Cheney said, “There’s no question there was a very serious effort made by Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes. In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war.” OK, let’s face it, I still despise Cheney. But Trump’s actions and attitudes make Cheney look like a liberal defender of democracy.
While former FBI special agent, Clint Watts, did not go as far Cheney’s “act of war” suggestion, he did explain in a recent CNN interview that Trump is being played by Putin. In commenting about the closeness of Trump’s campaign to Russia, Watts said, “The ultimate objective of Russia interference is to destroy democracies from the inside out. This (Trump’s actions) is a dream come true for him (Putin) in terms of fomenting chaos, such that we can’t focus on his active measures and his foreign policy.”