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John Noonan @noonanjo
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Everyone should read the independent Russia reports released by Senate Intel.

And, as you scrimmage to make the report fit your political opinions, pls keep one thing in mind.

Russia doesn't care about your political movement. They've done this for decades. They only want chaos
Putinist Russia believes that the West is morally weak, and Democracy is in its sunset. They believe that historically, societies have been governed by the strong over the weak, and the world is slowly returning to its natural order. They believe that you conquer or be conquered.
Oxford report is a small piece of a larger puzzle. It focuses on how Russia manipulates democracy through factions. But, at the risk of marginalizing their efforts (unintentional, because this was serious), what should concern the West is Russia's external threat.
Russia is a declining power with a declining power and a GDP half the size of Italy. But they are also nuclear armed with large scale conventional forces, and an intent to return to the height of their geographic power during last days of Tsar and Soviet Union.
excuse me, *less than Italy.

They're like sharks. Not just in a predatory sense, but in that they either constantly move forward and outward or die. Ukraine, Georgia, maybe the Baltics. Most dangerous thing we can do is signal to them indecision in the face of this expansion.
They aren't grand chessmasters. But they do want to push division in western democracies to the point that they can expand without consequence. They do still fear our military and nuclear arsenal, and those things are *the only things* keeping Putin at bay.
I welcome a bipartisan efforts to contain the Russian bear (a manageable problem!) They're containable. But left, right, center, green... whatever. I do roll my eyes as the politicized tweets today coming from people who think an aggressive Russia fell out of the sky in Feb 2016.
Easy inoculation against this in future.

Don't take yourself so damn seriously. Your political opinions were not etched on tablets on Mt Sinai. The stronger your opinions, the easier it is to manipulate you. Be engaged through voting, town halls, etc. Not screaming on Facebook
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