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Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous.

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump claimed he wanted to “make America great again”. The main part of that was harking back to that heady time just after WW II when the USA was the only military to possess the atomic bomb.  And following on with the cold war when the USA was top dog and the Soviet Union was trying to keep up but only managing just-under dog.

You could see that at work in Helsinki as Trump seemed to be encouraging Putin. Trump needs a powerfully nuke-armed Russia (almost as) super power to recreate that surreal and insane world of cold war nuclearism.

With ubiquitous computer hackers and secret operatives at work around the globe the current media and political concentration on Russian hacking of the US election could be a distraction from confronting a larger danger.

Richard Keller

published 29/07/2018 (sans ‘hacking’ paragraph)

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