The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Vladimir Putin has had an impressive 2019 as his U.S. protégé carries the water for the Russian leader, particularly on Ukraine.
“Even Mr. Putin must be amazed at how well he is achieving his goal of sowing discord within the U.S. political system,” wrote The Journal. “First, his agents interfered in the 2016 election. Now they can sit back and watch as their efforts to deflect blame away from Moscow and toward Ukraine are bearing fruit, in the form of a bitter American debate that is driving pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces further apart.”
Fiona Hill, former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs, testified that Trump and the GOP are doing nothing but promoting Russian GRU talking points.
“The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today. Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined,” she testified to the House Intelligence Committee.
Trump’s withdrawal in Syria has opened a huge door for Russia’s defense working with Bashar al-Assad.
Putin even went so far as to brag about his impact in a press conference last week.
“Thank God no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine,” he chuckled.
Meanwhile, in Britain, Borris Johnson announced another election as Parliament struggled to come to an agreement on Brexit.
“Regardless of whether Russia actually influenced the Brexit vote, the reality, three years later, is that Britain appears to be on the road toward exiting the EU in the messiest, most damaging way possible. What’s bad for European economic and political unity is good for Russia, so Mr. Putin can put the continuing Brexit mess as a big entry on the positive side of his 2019 ledger,” The Journal said.
To make matters worse, Putin’s dream of undermining NATO hasn’t yet come to fruition, but the group is descending into arguments about the future of the organization.
“From Mr. Putin’s point of view, discord within the main Western military alliance is good news of the first order,” The Journal wrote.