Doug. Is America a threat to Russia?
Of course it is, but until the last election it wasn’t run by a dictator.
There’s no question that American politics are screwed up, but they have been far more open and representative than what Russia has ever had.
Which means that Putin is in power for as long as he likes doing pretty much what he pleases. Which now almost certainly includes interfering in the last US election to place someone in office that in all likelihood is compromised by Putin to levels we don’t know. It would be highly unfortunate to find out in the form of our cities lighting up like the surface of the Sun.
To say this changes the strategic balance of power is an understatement. The US government is not controlling the Russian government, we have already seen how Trump fired the director of the FBI one day then the next told the Russian foreign minister that he did it to stop the investigation into his links with Russia while at the same time passing along the highest classified information to the Russians.
The US isn’t set to introduce something like the RS-28 which is clearly a first strike weapon which will likely introduce highly advanced warheads that simply can’t be intercepted.
While at the same time having the most advanced strategic missiles defenses on the planet.
Do I really need to state the obvious in how destabilizing it is to have any question of where the US Commander in Chief’s loyalties lie?