Russia vows retaliation for US Sanctions. Where will this all lead?
Russia on Sunday, has vowed to retaliate in kind against the United States for increased sanctions which were approved overwhelming in the US Senate by a vote of 98 to 2. What are the sanctions for? I am guessing the interference into the American elections – which the president of the United States insists could have been done by others besides Russia.
But. Where is this all going to take us when you have a deteriorated relationship with the Kremlin at this particular moment in world history? It this a moment to move towards more aggression, or a moment to cool it? Where is this all heading?
Of course, it is bad precedent to let Russia’s interference go unanswered and unpunished. I am just afraid that this whole thing is the start of much bigger problems for the world.
America’s position in the world is not that strong either. First of all the Europeans did not like these sanctions and raised objections if I properly understood the story. Second of all, even if the Europeans were thrilled about these sanctions, we have the problem of NATO and Trump’s position thereto. So how much support are we going to get from Europe if this thing explodes?
Worse, our relations with the Asia continent are not that fantastic. China has been courting Russia and Europe lately (trade, military) and they him. The Middle East has been rogue for some time and Iran, certainly will back China over America. Africa, continentally speaking, also seems to have more invested in China (which is more invested with Russia) than it is to the United States.
What is my point? My point is that since Trump became President, the balance of power in the world has shifted. But it did so imperceptibly. It is like Reince Preibus’ firing. The latter, like the former was a 7 on the Richter scale. But it happened so matter of factly, that nobody took notice.
For this reason, I think that a confrontation with Russia right now is not rational.
I think the Senate had all this information before Trump was sworn in and should have and could have taken action then. In fact, before Trump even won the presidency, this information about Russia was out there and everybody glossed over it as though it was a routine Sunday morning at Mass.
Had they taken action then, it would have been messy, but a different person (maybe even a Republican) would be president today) and the need to save face with Russia would not be so urgent.
And don’t even try to blame the former president Obama. Notice that the Congress is taking action without the consent of the current president Trump. So the blame is on the Congress not the former president.
Now they are putting Russia in a bad position of having to save their face at America’s expense. They are pushing Russia to the wall. This is not rational.
It is a big mistake.
I am really concerned that it is a mistake that will be indelible. A year from today…
If I were Trump, I would veto the measure. I would not let this slide by completely. I would publicly acknowledge that Russia did meddle and that their meddling probably helped me. But I would also emphasize the folly of getting into diplomatic spats with the Kremlin at this time.
Because in fact, it is not totally stupid for the US and Russia to try to turn the page and cooperate more on trade and military issues. Indeed, this is rational. It is a question of how it is done so America still maintains the upper hand (or at least appears to).
I don’t know. This obviously is not my area of expertise. But quite seriously and quite simply, I am concerned about this direction we are taking with Russia.
The timing is wrong for something like this.