Sure, go ahead and mock Russia for its unsteady economy.
But then be ready for Russian president Vladimir Putin to shove your laugh ride down your throat.
The National Post examines why. Perhaps the most interesting part of this story:
The implication is that Russia’s aggressive approach to foreign affairs is partly a product of its neighbourhood. If Canada had to share the 49th parallel with North Korea, Azerbaijan and half a dozen other countries of dubious intentions and stability, it might also be a bit less polite.
When you consider that the Kremlin firmly believes that a weak Russia would continue to be pin-pricked by (pretend) friends and (legitimate) enemies — and let’s be fair, there is ample evidence for the Russian government to feel that way — it’s not hard to understand why it pushes the military and political agenda it does.
Supporting Donald Trump’s suggestion that NATO is obsolete fits perfectly with that strategy.
The soon-to-be former CIA director has stated often that he worries that Trump doesn’t fully grasp Russia’s intentions. He made his latest case on Sunday. The Associated Press’ report quoted John Brennan as saying:
“Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. and national security interests are protected,” Brennan said on “Fox News Sunday,” warning that the president-elect’s impulsivity could be dangerous.
“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” Brennan declared.
I doubt anyone who knows Putin well would ever suggest spontaneity is one of his admirable or unfortunate traits.