According to Peter Frankopan in “The Silk Roads":

“George Keenan, charge d’ affaires at the U.S. embassy in Moscow who had witnessed Stalin’s purges first hand, warn(ed) in early 1946 of a major global struggle ahead. At the bottom of the Kremlin’s neurotic view of world affairs," he wrote, is the "traditional and instinctive Russian sense of insecurity." The Soviet Union, he concluded, was "a political force committed fanatically" to engage in competition with the United States to the point that its aim was to ensure that "the internal harmony of our state be disrupted, our traditional way of live be destroyed [and] the international authority of our state be broken."

The Cold War ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, but its efforts to destabilize the U.S. politically, economically and internationally continue to the present, as evidenced most recently by Russian efforts to delegitimize our elections and bringing to power a man dedicated to working to ensure that “the internal harmony of our state be disrupted” with divisive rhetoric and efforts to undermine the “international authority” of this country with bombast and name-calling of other world leaders.

This should be a concern for all Americans no matter our political affiliation. The office of the President of the U.S. is held by an unstable and insecure man who threatens our way of life and should be removed for the sake of the country.

Bob Harris

Albany (Dec. 1)

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