"So here we go again. New president, new national security team, same old nonsense. Russiagate one more time around will not render the entire argument being made about a vast conspiracy to destroy democracy any more credible. Yeah, nations spy on each other and try to influence things their way but get over it. If the whole world is out to “get” the United States it just might be because the whole world has finally realized that Washington is neither exceptional nor a force for good. Leave everyone else alone and they will leave you alone. That’s a law of nature."
In all due respect, I disagree strongly. From 1945 to th late 1980s, Russia was th number I threat to the freedom and security of western Europe and the Americas. We cannot forget how the Russians tyrannized and exploited all of eastern Europe and constantly threated western Europe. Without the USA and NATO Russia might well have also taken over a war-weakened western Europe.
While Russia is not the communist nation that it once was, it is still the authoritarian state with a ruling elite that it always has been. It still has the inferiority complex that it always has had. It has always had expansionistic ambitions at the expense of surrounding neighbors. It wants to be seen as a dominant actor on the world stage in spite of the fact that it lacks the population and the economy to rank in that class. In order to be seen as a heavyweight actor, it will always seek to stir up trouble in the world, so as to appear to be in a heavier weight class than it deserves.
Finally, Putin, himself, is a problem. We was one of the communist elite and a trained member of its secret service.. He will always seek to be the leading member of a tyrannical, authoritarian elite, although it is no longer an ideological elite. His goals include acquisition of wealth and power, absolute domination of his country's power structure, and to be one of the heavyweight actors on the world stage. He is a man who can never be trusted.