This should be our real concern
Some liberals upset at new evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election reacted by calling for President Donald Trump to cancel his summit meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
That is nonsense, of course. At the height of the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war between our two countries was much higher, U.S. presidents had the good sense to maintain links with Soviet leaders. Trump is right in understanding the old admonition to “keep your enemies closer.”
In fact, Moscow continues to meddle in U.S. affairs, with literally millions of helpers right here.
As Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen emphasized Saturday, the Russians have learned it is ridiculously easy to use “social media, sympathetic spokespeople and other fronts to sow discord and divisiveness amongst the American people …”
They have been doing that for at least two years, probably far longer.
And Americans by the millions have fallen for false social media posts by Russian hackers, radical U.S. groups funded by Moscow and other forms of manipulation.
Some of us have been at each other’s throats solely because of Russian action.
That, not whether Trump talks to Putin, ought to be our real concern.