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I think Vladimir Putin is on the move now because he knows that he has limited time. He’s never going to have this lack of opposition to what he’s doing in the United States. He’s got three years, and I think he’s gonna try to make the most of it, because I think he has accurately assessed two things. I think he’s accurately assessed the apathy toward him by the American people.

And I think he’s properly assessed the mettle of this Regime and administration. He has concluded that there’s no impetus here to stop him, no serious impetus to stop him. He doesn’t know who’s gonna be elected next, but he knows he’s got a little under three years here. By the way, there’s a story at TheHill.com today — I’ve got it here in the Stack — that reports are that Putin is indeed… Here it is, by Kristina Wong in TheHill.com:

“Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn. To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years. Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.

“‘They’re on the march,’ Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. ‘They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.’ Gen. James Kelly, commander of US Southern Command said there has been a ‘noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel’ in Latin America.” It’s not a secret what Putin’s doing. Nicaragua’s a former client state.

Venezuela is wide open, with a massive student revolution taking place, 57% unemployment. There is nonexistent economy. It’s made to order, and it’s in the top 10 oil producing nations. It is one of the top 10 oil-producing nations in the world. It’s just sitting there. Now, in the old days, when the United States mattered, when we had adults — and I’m not exaggerating — we would have CIA agents and others in there

We would be attempting to forge an allied relationship with the malcontents in Venezuela, and the same thing in Cuba. But now we’re living under a Regime that’s just said the Monroe Doctrine no longer applies, which means anybody from any part of the world could come into our hemisphere and take whatever they want. We’re not gonna really do anything to stop ’em.

Putin’s on the march.

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