Axios morning email thingie is absolutely chilling:
The U.S. — despite mountains of evidence about Russia’s interference in the last election, and the likelihood of a repeat in 2020 — is no better prepared to defend itself now than it was three years ago, Axios Future editor Steve LeVine writes.
- When it comes to its rivals and enemies, Moscow’s objective often is to create chaos, incapacitating the other power’s threat to Russia’s aims.
- To get there, the weapon of choice is usually the exploitation of existing divisions in the other society.
That’s where the U.S. made itself a sitting duck in 2016.
- And Americans are once again playing into Russia’s hands: Politically, socially and culturally, we suspect each other’s motives and plain sanity.
What’s happening: President Trump and Republican leaders at the federal and state levels have stifled efforts to combat a redux of the Russian campaign.
- With defenses down, Trump appears especially prepared to stoke raw political, societal and social emotions.
- “If Putin is going to throw the match of chaos, he needs kindling,” says Richard Fontaine, CEO at the Center for a New American Security.
The Both Sides Don’t might be a bit hidden, let me emphasize this: President Trump and Republican leaders at the federal and state levels have stifled efforts to combat a redux of the Russian campaign.
I’m actually kind of shocked that Axios—a creature born and bred inside the Beltway—would say this so clearly and without even a slight attempt to come up with a false equivalence.
Is our Media learning?