Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Who Will Bury Us First--Putin or Trump?
Those of us born into the earlier years of the “baby boomer” era remember vividly the fear we felt during the years leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. We knew we had two enemies who were unstable madmen—Fidel Castro of Cuba and Nikita Khrushchev of Russia. Cuba, located only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, joined forces with Russia and Russia moved ballistic missiles onto their island, pointed at America. This is the closest our country has ever come to nuclear war. Thanks to the leadership skills of President John F. Kennedy, an agreement was negotiated to dismantle those warheads. This was a tense and stressful time for our country.
As a child of this era, I remember schools issuing every student military style “dog tags” for identification in case of war. We were taught the “duck and cover” technique during school drills. Bomb shelters and fallout shelters were promoted. “Preparedness” was the subject of many public service announcements. I recall joining my parents every night to watch NBC’s Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. As a child, I was scared then, and as an older adult, I’m scared now!
During this time, I remember Nikita Khrushchev, Premiere of the Soviet Union, threatening America with the words, “We will bury you without firing a shot!” These words weren’t taken very serious at the time because we Americans could not fathom that happening.
Now 55 years later, I see the possibility it could happen. We now live in a different age--An age when a cyber attack of our power grids, communications systems and transportation systems could bring us to our knees and destroy our way of life.
It has been confirmed that Vladimir Putin, President (and ruthless leader) of Russia, directed the hacking of various email accounts to influence the outcome of our Presidential election. National Security officials have stated Putin wanted us to know he was responsible, evidenced by leaving an easy trail to identify the hackers.
Our security officials and F.B.I. are gravely concerned that Russia will hack into our voter files and delete voters. This would cause chaos at our polls and hinder our right to vote, thereby seriously undermining our democratic process. Just the thought that a foreign government has that much power over us is down right frightening!
We ask the question, “Why would Putin risk a cyber-war with our country?” I think it’s because Russia feels this election is worth taking the chance against any retaliation we may use. Putin recognizes in Trump for the first time in their history, they have the chance to manipulate and control a U. S. President.
Trump’s own words and actions give us no reason to doubt this assumption. Trump has made no secret of his admiration for Putin. For the first time, we have a Presidential nominee whose closest advisors and staffers have close ties to the Kremlin. Trump’s top advisor on national security is General Michael Flynn, a paid analyst on the Russian television network, Russia Today (RT). He advocates closer relations to Russia and supports policies not in the best interest of our country. Further, Trump was briefed by intelligence officials and furnished proof of Russia’s hacking of emails. He refuses to admit their involvement. If that doesn’t give you pause, nothing will.
In his bombastic speeches, Trump has warned for many months that if he loses it’s because the election is rigged. Using these KGB mind control tactics, he is setting the stage for serious unrest among his supporters after the election. Reasonable Americans know that our election process is sound where little to no fraud exists. The only way our election could be rigged, would be by a cyber attack. Right now, Putin is our prime suspect.
We need to be fearful of the aftermath of the election. We need to expect great unrest with Trump’s supporters that he has whipped into hysteria. Cooler minds must prevail. Or else, we will be buried without a shot being fired.