Vladimir Putin has been working overtime on his military posturing in recent months, and a parade in Saint Petersburg is just the latest show of force.
Tensions between the United States and Russia are at level not seen since the Cold War ended, due in no small part to the aggravation to the Kremlin caused by former President Barack Obama.
Late in Obama’s lame duck second term, the 2016 election hysteria finally reached the White House. Both Obama and democratic candidate Hillary Clinton seemed acquiescent to the idea that her “inevitable” win would secure a virtual third term for Obama’s policies. What they didn’t see coming, however, was a massive conservative uprising throughout the nation, coupled with an enigmatic candidate named Donald Trump.
In order to properly eschew blame for their party’s failure, Clinton and Obama worked to instill doubt in Trump’s win by purporting there to be a sinister Russian element that had corrupted the election. In order to make the story stick, Obama imposed new sanctions on Russia and diplomatically insulted the Kremlin by removing several ambassadors from Washington.
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Russia, of course, was furious.
Now, every move by President Trump seems to come complete with Russian opposition to it. Putin has now warned President Trump on interfering with both North Korea and Syria, drawing a line in the sand that the Kremlin promised to defend with force.
In this New Cold War, Russia has begun its showboating this week with a military parade that demonstrates the nation’s naval prowess.
“President Vladimir Putin on Sunday oversaw a pomp-filled display of Russia’s naval might as the Kremlin paraded its sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria.
“Some 50 warships and submarines were on show along the Neva River and in the Gulf of Finland off the country’s second city of Saint Petersburg after Putin ordered the navy to hold its first ever parade on such a grand scale.
“‘Today much is being done to develop and modernise the navy,’ Putin told servicemen after surveying the military hardware from his presidential cutter.
“‘The navy is not only dealing with its traditional tasks but also responding with merit to new challenges, making a significant contribution to the fight against terrorism and piracy.’
“The showcase event to mark Russia’s annual Navy Day is the latest to be beefed up by Putin, with the Kremlin strongman also bolstering the traditional WWII victory parade in Moscow as he looks to flex the country’s military muscles.”
With much of the globe simmering on the edge of chaos, paying close attention to the military might of Russia seems prudent.
As the left continue their Robert Mueller-led witch hunt for imaginary Russian collusion during the 2016 election, President Trump will be forced to square off against actual Russians over Syria and North Korea, making a moot point out of the leftist hysteria currently stagnating Washington.