This Exposé On Russian Election Interference Casts Putin As A Villain Worse Than Bin Laden

The Long March
Right: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, September 21, 2018. Left, Osama Bin Laden
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Over the weekend I finally sat down to read the big New York Times piece that ran last week on Russian interference in our last presidential election. It takes time—my printout was 30 pages long.

It is scary as hell.

When I finished it, my teeth were clenched. I've taken the Russia stuff seriously, but when I put this down, I thought, for the first time, that over the last five years, Russia has done far more damage to this country than Islamic extremist organizations have.

I am serious about that. If ISIS had done this, Tier 1 U.S. special operators would have raided them long ago. Defending Putin looks to me like defending Osama bin Laden. It turns my stomach. Imagine a president who mocked an investigation of al Qaeda as a big hoax, a witch hunt, etc. How long would he last?

Think about what this: A powerful foreign entity has carried out a campaign inside our country to damage its interests and subvert its processes. This entity is killing its own journalists and poisoning people in England, a long-time ally of ours. And our president is trying to deny, deflect and stop the investigation of what happened. Hmm, what’s that smell ... Treason?  

I hereby nominate the article for a Pulitzer Prize.

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