Monday, May 29, 2017


When the Person of the Year, for 2017, is considered, regrettably, Putin will be a strong contender.  He will have been successful in having, for the first time in almost 70 years, been able to unpin the U.S.-Europe Axis that we call NATO, acting through his personal surrogate, Donald Trump. 

When Trump declined to confirm the willingness of the U.S. to reconfirm commitment to Clause V of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he fulfilled the dream of the old Soviet Union and Russia, to one day rid themselves of the constraint that NATO represented to their ambitions. 

All the money and time spent to cultivate Trump as an intelligence asset will have been worth it, to Putin, by that single moment.