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Sun’s opinion section Mr. Khrushchev, stand down your rockets.
Mr. Gorbachev, take apart this wall.
Mr. Putin, take down our democracy and we will stand down while you do it.
Which of these statements by the president of the United States is not like the others?
Which of these declarations is unlike any belief ever revealed by any president of the United States?
The answer is apparent, just as is that the statement I have attributed to President Donald Trump is clearly false. The truth, nevertheless, is disturbingly real.
The truth is that our nation has actually been assaulted by Russia in a most ruthless and reliable way. It released a direct assault on totally free and fair elections, which are the bedrock of our democracy, and our president, as best I can tell, has actually declined not only to acknowledge that attack however to retaliate versus the attacker.
In 2018, cyberwarfare can be as ravaging as nuclear warfare. And in some circumstances a lot more so.
I remember when the Cuban missile crisis took place in 1962. Fidel Castro asked our then-Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union, which was run by Nikita Khrushchev, to develop him some rocket silos 90 miles from the United States and put nuclear-tipped warheads in them.
President John F. Kennedy believed that was an awful idea, and for practically two weeks in the fall of that year, he looked down the Russians until Khrushchev blinked. We avoided a nuclear war, which wasn’t an offered by any stretch of the imagination, and worked our way toward the sanity of an arms-control contract.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan went to Berlin and informed Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, which was still our enemy, to “tear down this wall.” He was describing the Berlin Wall, which the Soviet Union built in 1961 and was the symbol of the Cold War. It separated East Berlin from West Berlin and, symbolically, Iron Drape nations (which were not free) from Western Europe (those nations that were totally free). The rest is history.
Today, it is a certainty that Russia– still our enemy– hindered our 2016 governmental election. We still do not know the full impact of that interference, however recommending there was none is a fool’s errand. It is likewise a certainty that Russia prepares to do the same in this year’s midterms unless we do something to stop them.
And therein lies the issue. President Donald Trump assured to be a very different kind of president than his predecessors. Specifically as it associates with our relations with our opponent, Russia, he is satisfying that project promise to the hilt.
Each U.S. president would have taken Russia to the woodshed by now to safeguard the sanctity of the United States’ election procedure. After all, our ability to govern ourselves through complimentary and reasonable elections is the trademark of this democracy, which has actually endured for the past two and a half centuries. Destroying the sanctity of the ballot cubicle is every bit as deadly as destroying our country with nuclear bombs.
However, for some inexplicable reason, President Trump stays impotent. He is plainly not like the others. And that is what scares me due to the fact that at a time when our country is under attack in a most basic method, President Trump is AWOL.
And now, perhaps emboldened by our lack of action to Vladimir Putin’s direct attacks on our election procedure, the Russian president is showing off his “invincible” brand-new nuclear missiles.
Therefore the war continues. This time, nevertheless, without a leader like Kennedy or Reagan, this Cold War might really quickly become a hot mess.
Brian Greenspun is editor, publisher and owner of the Sun.