Anonymous Op-Ed- “Senior Trump Official” Goes For Deep Throat 2.0.

Trump's Anonymous Official.

So by now, everyone knows about the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times by an unnamed White House senior administration official describing inner resistance to Trump and his policies, from deep within the innards of the White House. Days later, it’s still causing plenty of trouble.

Trump wants our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to investigate it with the Justice Department- but that might be a little strange, as Sessions is in second place in the battle for frontrunner as to who wrote it.  is that wrote the article.

Mike Pence is first.

Highlights from the piece include the unsurprising news that many consider the president to be “amoral.” Bob Woodward’s recent book on the inner workings of the Trump administration, Fear, makes an identical claim.

The writer of the piece says there’s a few of them, all working against Trump from within, “to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

It does appear to be the case that nobody working for Trump much enjoys it. John Kelly reportedly said it’s the worst job he’s ever had and opined sadly that “God must be punishing me for something.” There are little kids in dog kennels on the border that might give you an answer to that question, General, but that’s another story.

Bob Corker called the piece “unsurprising“, and said that anyone could have written it. That also seems clear. Op-ed is op-ed, and this whole thing has caused some reflection in the heart of this Millennial Democrats contributor.

I’m not sure I like this whole thing so much. I don’t like how that guy was talking, really. It reminds me of a lot of things I’ve heard Trump complain about, deep state resistance to him and his policies. Republicans believe it has backfired, and pushed Trump into an even more paranoid and conspiracy-minded state.

There are too many sources for it to be a conspiracy, of course, or the Times would never have published it. It just seems awfully convenient for the nutty theories of Trump supporters.

They’re all denying it left and right, but at this moment, Mike Pompeo seems like the guy to me. It’s the way he talks. Boastful, big proclamations. Earlier this year he testified before the Senate. “We’re not soft on Russia! Killed a couple hundred Russians, just last February“- as if dead people is what we want instead of fair elections.

That’s just like now. Way to feed the conspiracy theory machine, buddy.

At any rate, people in Washington, DC are actually betting on this, and there are theories floating around about identifying the guy based on his language.

There’s been some talk about the word “lodestar” as making this a shoo-in for Pence, but I doubt it. I’m guessing they have all picked up each other’s verbiage by this point, that tends to happen with people you’re around with a whole lot, especially when you all are pretty much in a bubble compared to the rest of the world.

I know that from the 2016 elections.

It seems like the guy who wrote that article was trying to reassure himself more than he was trying to reassure us, the ostensible purpose of the article. It’s obvious that he’s going through some changes about it, but what are you going to do?

To whoever it was who wrote that article, we would like to say this to you: You work for the Trump administration, dude. You’re not coming out of this a hero.

You should not have taken the job, to begin with. You should have pitched in with the real Resistance, the one you mocked in your paean to self-apology, to help stop the man in the first place. Ask yourself what you did to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in 2016. That’s the only thing that really matters.

We may not know who wrote this yet, but even amidst all this confusion, one thing is crystal clear. From the tone of the article, you can clearly hear that they’re feeling the pressure worse than we are. That is the big takeaway here, and its true significance in regards to the election.

If even “senior Trump administration officials” are wavering so badly, then now is the time for us to reach out and link hands with the Never Trump conservatives, not to mention everybody else who’s on the fence. People are waking up.

They will be more open to the raising of awareness in the aftermath of all this than they ever have been before, and our message for all of them is this: It’s not too late. You cannot change the past, but you can still help avert the disaster looming before us in the future. We will gladly work with you to Make the United States America again.

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North Korean Nukes- 45th Boasts Of Imaginary Deal.

#NeverTrump

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the United States President Donald Trump prepare to meet, the world is feeling the tension. It is not clear that either of the two fully understands what is at stake.

Trump went around last month tweeting that North Korea had agreed to denuclearization. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed…Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

“We should all root for a diplomatic solution to the decades’ long North Korean conflict,” Chuck Schumer said April 18 on the Senate floor. “That’s why the United States should pursue a diplomatic opening, including through direct diplomacy with Pyongyang. But thus far we’ve not seen any indication that North Korea is willing to take concrete measures towards denuclearization.”

Nor will we, in the opinion of this Millennial Democrats contributor.

The only place that smooth meeting happened was in Trump’s mind. North Korea agreed to no such thing. They talked about it. That’s all. A conversation is a long way from a signed agreement.

For decades, the international community has tried to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile development. It has failed. The thought of Trump pulling it off is absurd.

Kim is never giving up his nukes. He will nuke himself before he gives up his nukes. He nuked his own backyard and ruined the mountain above the facility where he makes his nukes, rather than stop testing.

Nuclear weapons are the one sure insurance plan that a small power can have against a great one. The world was watching when George W. Bush kicked down the door of Saddam Hussein’s palace.

Kim knows we’ll do the same to him anytime we get a chance. He’ll never let that happen.

In related news, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew home from North Korea yesterday with three U.S. citizens who had been detained there. We welcome them home and are grateful for their safety; Kim snatched them under dubious circumstances and gave them back like bargaining chips.

To the unpleasant occupant of the Oval Office, who has been going around boasting that he’s cut the big deal of a lifetime, that must pass for a denuclearization agreement.

“People never thought you were going to have a situation where we’re having serious and positive communications with North Korea. And we are,” Donald Trump told reporters yesterday morning.

On the contrary, this has been tried again and again. We have engaged in on-and-off nuclear negotiations with North Korea since the end of the Cold War. They failed to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons. We have not established diplomatic relations, and a peace treaty ending the Korean War has not been signed.

We did have a serious, positive denuclearization deal with Iran, though. Trump scuttled it earlier this month. So much for bargaining skill.

Kim gave those people back because it put on a good show. His goal here is to get us to relieve the sanctions that are crippling his economy again for a while. His father did the same to Bill Clinton and to George W. Bush after him. It is not the brilliance of Trump diplomacy that has suddenly brought them to the table.

This reticent and peculiar country has promised disarmament more than once, only to backtrack on its commitments. It has duped multiple U.S. presidential administrations, each of which has passed the North Korea problem onto the next.

That pattern is likely being repeated.

Going forward, the usual task of raising awareness will fall on us, since conservative talk radio is already gloating and spinning this up as a Trump win. Regardless of his boasting, Trump did not accomplish anything here. He’s spinning his wheels like every single other American president has done.

The difference is that during the tenure of past presidents, North Korea did not have the hydrogen bomb. Those presidents were not maniacs, hanging around on Twitter deriding the size of the North Korean leader’s buttons and calling him Little Rocket Man.

It’s a complex situation, and a lot of different things might happen, but at least one thing is for sure. If anything good does happen here, it won’t be the fault of Donald Trump.

U.S. And Allies Strike Syria- The Importance Of Law.

Respect the rule of law

Great Britain and France joined the United States in launching strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, the latest chapter in a years-long civil war that has drawn in half a dozen countries.

“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said late Friday at the White House.
The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET. It was nighttime. Photos showed missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria, and witnesses told CNN they heard explosions in Damascus, as Trump was making his address.
The key thing to remember here is that in this case, it doesn’t matter who the President is. No U.S. President would have done anything else. Those strikes were earned, by the conduct of Assad. It’s important to realize we’ve got to stand by our nation, even if the current President isn’t competent.
From a military and strategic perspective, the strikes were actually not a bad idea. The situation demanded an unequivocal response. They sent a message that chemical attacks on human beings will not be tolerated in our world.
However, the rule of law dictates that the president take heed of the fact that Congress needed to authorize the strikes. The president does not have the power to do this on his own.
This whole thing is about the importance of law. Respecting it, obeying it, maintaining the spirit of it. That is why chemical weapons are not allowed in the first place.
That is why, when Assad gassed his own people the first time, in 2013, President Obama asked for a Congressional Resolution before hitting Syria.
Obama canceled his planned airstrikes in 2013 because congressional leaders refused to call a vote on it- all the while ripping him to shreds for not acting.
A few Republicans and more Democrats demanded Trump seek authority for future missile strikes from Congress, which under the Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Resolution is required to approve military action.
Unbelievably, Susan Sarandon tweeted an article about Hillary calling to bomb Syrian airfields. As if to say, “see? Hillary and Trump are the same!

A quick word as to the difference; HRC called for the air strike to prevent Assad from dropping sarin gas. Trump just randomly lashed out.

The lack of attention to law paid by our President cast a disturbing light on the incident; also disturbing is that Trump tweeted out that he was going to do it.

He, in essence, warned the Russians. France and the UK did not telegraph their intentions, for reasons of unsound military strategy.

A number of tweets popped up, saying Russian troops moved out before the strikes happened.
Why is a US president working with France and Britain, yet signaling to Russia our every move? One wonders what England has to say about that.

Putin clearly has something on Trump, and it’s hard to think that this can all go on right alongside everything else without the two incidents crossing paths.

 Mike Pompeo was boasting last week that in February, U.S. troops “killed a couple hundred Russians“, after a company of them crossed over the Euphrates, but it’s troubling they felt strong enough to try. Putin knows his economy is roughly that of Italy’s; it makes you wonder, what he thinks his leverage is worth.

Regarding Russia, the Pentagon’s fear, all along, has not been of their actual strength, but rather that Putin is getting old and sloppy and might be emboldened into making a fatal misstep.

And when he started threatening to attack our bases, if we did fire any missiles, it started reminding me of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60’s.

Millennials, this is how our parents must have felt, back in the day.

Going forward, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this and reporting on how it develops. For all those who live in dark times such as these, the task is given to spread light around all we can, and to bear witness for future generations. This is the news, after all, and will soon be part of history. These are our times, and this is our battle. We will raise awareness, and stay alert.

Oval Upheaval! The Flood of Firings Continues.

Oval Upheaval!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits. This is how Donald Trump says thank you to those who help him.

McCabe took the reins of the agency during the crazy days after the firing of James Comey and is about to be called as a witness in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

McCabe has been attacked by President Donald Trump constantly, even though he’s a Republican who stepped down as deputy director in late January. The firing places in jeopardy a federal pension the man has been earning for twenty years. That is so petty and ugly that no one but Donald Trump could have even come up with it.

Narcissists love firing people, and Trump is certainly no exception. But at least they usually fire people to their faces. Trump can’t even do that. These people all found out via Twitter.

This is far from the only high-profile firing to take place recently. It’s been like watching a flooding river. Rex Tillerson was also just fired from his post as secretary of state.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly is also rumored to be departing at some point, though the exact timing remains uncertain.

Kelly, who used to be the adult in the room around Trump’s White House, has been going around boasting about how he fired Rex on the toilet.

It’s like the Oval Office air itself is corrosive to the human brain. They’re all going mad in there, at varying rates of degeneracy.

Meanwhile, at least one Republican is already planning to oppose the CIA director Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee to succeed Tillerson as Secretary of State.

And Trump’s new nominee to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, is giving agita to Senate Republicans because of her role in overseeing an interrogation and detention program.
 H.R. McMaster, whose fate as national security adviser is in doubt, according to several sources.
In fact, the news story actually broke a few days ago that McMaster was already on his way out when all of a sudden the White House reversed itself on the matter.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who former Trump aide Sam Nunberg described as “unattractive” and a “fat slob” now claims Trump “likes” working with the three-star general.
The national security establishment is panicked about the potential of hardliner John Bolton replacing him in that capacity, and the rest of the world should be too.
Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, blasted the prospect.
“John Bolton was by far the most dangerous man we had in the entire eight years of the Bush Administration,” Painter tweeted on Friday. “Hiring him as the president’s top national security advisor is an invitation to war, perhaps nuclear war.”Painter ended his post with the apocalyptic words: “this must be stopped at all costs.” One is reminded of Ramsay Bolton, the psychopath who skins people on Game of Thrones.

All of this has led to a tremendous consternation among Senators, who among everything else are becoming overburdened with too many nominations.
“With everything else we have to do around here, having the prospect of two additional confirmation fights perhaps is going to be a challenge,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican.
This should have been over and done with a year ago.
In spite of those precautionary words, Trump is signaling he’s eager for a shake-up. He said Tuesday he is “getting very close to having the Cabinet” he has envisioned and has privately vowed to purge the “deadweight”, according to one administration official.
Millennial Democrats can’t help wondering- Why didn’t he pick the Cabinet he wanted in the first place? Choosing one’s own Cabinet is a right that the president has.
At any rate, these plans for a broader shake-up has created even more of a cloud of chaos in the White House, where it’s said that everyone is really on edge. Numerous White House sources reportedly told CNN they feel “left in the dark” and are said to be more than a little uneasy about who will be fired or forced into resignation next.
That uncertainty has contributed to low morale, which has plagued the White House since the day of its monstrous birth anyhow.
Low morale. That one, at least, seems like a no-brainer. We were writing articles about all these guys on their way in. Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Rex Tillerson, Reince “Fly-Killer” Priebus, etc. None of them made it eighteen months. And now that even retiring isn’t enough to ensure that you- and your career’s pension- will be peacefully allowed to go, one can only imagine. They must feel like they are being held hostage, which in fact they are.
Going forward, it’s important to realize that a tumultuous tempest of a time is in store for us, no matter what manner of monster he tries filling these posts with. We cannot let it split the left. All of this is being cooked up, like one great big festering neon distraction.
Good thing millennials listen to Tool.

Tillerson Gone, Russia Probe Over- Thoughts on our Political Landscape.

I think Rex will be much happier now.
Hello, world, from Millennial Democrats! Today a number of millennial observations have been collected and given a voice about what is going on right now in America. We wanted to know how people are feeling about the Republican decision to end their congressional probe relating to Russian meddling into our election in 2016. So we asked around and asked for some opinions.
As always, the opinions expressed therein are not necessarily the views of the organization as a whole.
The Republican congressional panel had barely finished announcing that it had found no evidence of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 election before the Russian embassy was on Twitter boasting about it. 
One Millennial Democrats contributor said to another, A lot of this posturing is all because Putin is up for reelection. The response was, “Lol, what election? You mean that day that people go out in the streets and move around randomly in Russia?”
Yeah. In other news, Rex Tillerson has been sacked as Secretary of State, replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
“I think Rex will be much happier now,” Trump said, hilariously.
That makes five top Trump administration officials to have resigned or been fired, in the last two weeks. It’s absolute chaos in there. Trump’s entire circle is in total meltdown.
Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, who was Trump’s top economic adviser, resigned from the White House last week after a dispute over new tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Hope Hicks, Trump’s communications director and longtime confidante, resigned late last month.
Trump’s longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, sources tell CNN.
And Josh Raffel, a senior spokesman who worked extensively with Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left the White House last month.
In other news, the GOP, as the majority party in the House of Representatives, has shut down their probe into the Russian interference into our election. Tom Rooney(R-Fla.) came out right away in condemnation of this, saying “We have lost all credibility”, but only now that it’s safe. They came in, hit their lick on the tax cut, and bounced.
This is what has come of all the shouting for revolution that far-left extremists did in the last few years of the Obama administration. People really need to understand that progress can be slow. When you try to force it, you end up creating chaos instead.
To not vote, or to in a close election vote for the long shot and throw away that vote, is reckless and stupid in the most extreme senses of the word. Let’s make sure to cover this point thoroughly.
Never vote for pure evil like Trump by abstaining. We must vote smart. 
One of our contributors had a conversation with a self-proclaimed anarchist the other day.
“Oh, all governments are fascist. It’s all just levels of fascism, blah blah blah.”
That’s what you call a cop-out. It’s a way to get around taking sides because you’re afraid of the intensity people bring to the political table. If you are not capable of seeing the difference between the U.S. and Russia, it is because you have never really suffered.
The political fulcrum of America is swinging back left again, but it will not help if the youth of the country allow themselves to be hornswoggled. Particularly in 2016, a great many on the far left ended up walking down a path of smarmy arrogance without a clue as to what they were truly up against.
By not voting, and by helping to spread around the pernicious myth that our votes don’t matter, they’re giving up the only power we have. If votes do not matter, then why do Republicans spend so much money every year to keep us from using them? 
It would be nice if extremists on both sides of the aisle took a step back to really look at what they are doing.  Realistically speaking, though, it’s only on the left that there’s any chance of this happening. It’s time to make a choice. There’s not going to be a free college Utopia. There will either be a democracy or a fascist theocracy.
A fascist theocracy is nothing but a form of chaos. It’s a gigantic step backward for mankind. It reduces us once again to tribalism, controlled by a Mafia-type structure of feudalism. And all feudalism is, is an endless war. Hence the meaning of the word “feud” to describe a long-running conflict without end.
It would essentially mean a return to the tribal State of Nature. It’s hard to understand why anyone would want that, but there it is.
At the end of the day, there’s no place like Switzerland. Your rights to neutrality will not be respected. The decision will get made for you. You can side with order, or you can side with chaos. The latter is a really bad idea.

#TheBlueWave- Where We Stand, Going Forward.

Millennial Democrats and #TheBlueWave

New House and Senate ratings from CNN point the way to an excellent set of midterms for the Democratic Party.

That said- Beware complacency.

Those two words are so gigantic in this case, that they could be the whole article.

There’s a number of different factors at play in the political scene of America at this time. Some of them are in no way American, but most of them are.

One of the biggest is voter apathy.

Millennial readers, ask yourselves this: How many conversations have you had, with people our age about politics, in which you have heard somebody say: “Ah, all governments are fascist. There’s no difference between one or the other.” Or had a menu of talking points from Fox News or Infowars with them?

Many others act like they’re afraid to talk at all, either because they don’t know enough, or because they don’t care enough, or because people get so intense about it.

This is the state of things when a polarity this extreme and disparate exists between the people of the country.

People aren’t getting their information from the same places anymore. You can tell when you’ve been talking to someone deeply indoctrinated by Rush Limbaugh and the Breitbart band. You’ll immediately be confronted with a whole galaxy of half-truths, lies, and slanders.

Most of the time you won’t even know what they’re talking about, the stuff will be so out there. And by the time your smartphone has proved them wrong, they’ve already made fifty more specious claims. It becomes clear very quickly that they don’t have any interest in getting at the truth.

You can’t even talk to them anymore.

An understanding of this fundamental truth is where any realistic discussion of how to win the midterms must begin.

A great deal of time and money has been invested by those currently in power, seeing to it that those without it remain apathetic and confused regarding the process. Nor have they closed their wallets.

Charles Koch and members of his Seminar Network- donors who contribute a minimum of $100,000 to the various political organizations run by the Koch brothers– have big plans for the midterm elections.

At a retreat this weekend, the group announced plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million in 2018- a 60 percent increase from its spending in 2016-  to defend Trump administration policies that Charles and David Koch and their network overwhelmingly support- while distancing themselves from a man that is personally unfit to serve as president.

They want it both ways, and they figure with enough cash they can get it. Once the strategy gives them the power they are seeking, they figure it will all be worthwhile. If they can dominate and make a shell of the governmental apparatus, they can change things around all they like. Those changes will be catastrophic to every environment we live in.

We have to find a way to stop them and to do so we will need to surmount some difficult challenges.

Republican standing has improved recently. It’s going to take awhile for people to understand just how stupid those tax cuts were. It’s going to take a while before it hurts them.

CNBC’s John Harwood calls Trump’s tax reform a “remarkable paradox,” as middle America will not benefit as much as the coastal elites his base so loves to stick it to.

Howmuch.net, a cost information website, has created a handy infographic to help us understand how middle-to-low income households are losing.

Howmuch explains that “Some taxpayers would definitely benefit from Trump’s tax reform — especially those at the higher end of the income scale. There are others, however, who would see their tax rates go up. Especially those on lower incomes.”

This is important, because the tax plan is the reason the GOP has been polling better recently. Their strategy going forward will be to beat that drum as hard as they can. It’s the only legislative accomplishment they’ve got.

Many of them are showing signs of indigestion of the conscience, as evidenced by the fact of so many of the GOP leaders in Congress retiring, but it’s a little late for that.

Another key factor to watch this year will be Russian interference in our elections.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was asked during an interview with the BBC on Monday whether he anticipates a Russian influence campaign later this year.

“I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that,” he said.

“But,” he added, “I am confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election — that we’ll push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won’t be great.”

What a joke.

Later the same day as those comments were made, the Trump administration announced that it will not impose the new Russian sanctions. And the other Republicans are just as bad. All of them are complicit in the biggest treason of all time.

Aside from all that, there’s the usual electoral stuff to consider. The House, in which Democrats need a 24-seat pickup to win the majority, looks very favourable. And ever since the stunning victory of Alabama’s Doug Jones, a plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen.

 

If the Blue Wave is indeed going to sweep over this country in the midterm elections, we are going to have to work very hard, because nobody is going to do it for us. It can and will happen because we will be here to fight for it tooth and nail.

Going forward, the key is to find out which races are the most competitive, target them, and put our resources into fighting for them. We are actively asking our readers for help on this. Anything you’ve got that might be useful, please feel free to send it in. We’ve got a lot of work to do. And it is going to take us all.

Democracy Must Defend- Russia Has Hacked Our Power Grids.

The cyber-war with the Russians may be about to enter a terrifying new phase. A series of highly sophisticated system penetrations at electric companies and nuclear plants this year has been discovered and traced back to a Russian hacking group.

Alternately called “Dragonfly” and “Energetic Bear”, this group has been involved in about 100 such breaches since the start of the year, half of them in the U.S., according to a new report from the system security firm Symantec.

This finding is worrisome in the extreme. Dragonfly is one of very few hacking groups with specific expertise in the power-grid systems that turn off and on circuit breakers.

A separate Russia-linked hacking operation has twice demonstrated the Kremlin’s ability and willingness to use that kind of expertise to cause electrical blackouts—once in December 2015, and a second time a year later, both in Ukraine.

Symantec believes the U.S. breaches may be moving into similar terrain. Simply stated, this means they can shut our power off and attack us, anytime they want.

“The original Dragonfly campaigns now appear to have been a more exploratory phase where the attackers were simply trying to gain access to the networks of targeted organizations,” the Symantec report concludes. Now, “the attackers may be entering into a new phase, with recent campaigns potentially providing them with access to operational systems, access that could be used for more disruptive purposes in future.”

Meanwhile, Russia has been holding a set of “strategic command exercises” called the Zapad war games that are looking an awful lot like a preparation for war this week, due to run until September 20. Moscow says almost 13,000 Russian and Belorussian service personnel are taking part.

NATO officials, however, have said they believe the exercises involve more troops than Moscow has disclosed. Complaints have been made about the lack of transparency regarding the exercise. It has long been feared that Russia has been planning to use virtual assaults on Western power-grids in order to pave the way for a sudden physical assault.

The world has been experiencing virtual assaults from Russia since April 27, 2007, the day known to history as the Estonian 9/11. They called it Web War One. The problem started over an old war soldier statue, like the Robert E. Lee statue that has caused so much trouble in Charlottesville. We have got to be careful when it comes to those old statues.

In the ten years that have followed, we have seen Russian attempts to disrupt and destabilize the affairs of other countries become more and more of a problem, culminating in their hacking of the United States 2016 presidential election. We have got to place a high priority on finding more effective forms of defense. 

In other parts of the world, most notably in Europe, they have been dealing with this problem a long time, and they have developed a number of systems we might look to as models.

The Czech Republic set up a team on Jan. 1. 2017.

The German Interior Ministry has proposed the creation of a “Center of Defense Against Disinformation.”

The Ukrainian organization StopFake.org has accomplished amazing results, tracking down and reverse-engineering Russian propaganda pieces. These have provided us key glimpses into how the Russian disinformation machine operates and what types of methods it uses. Incidents such as Brexit have ensured there will be no shortage of cases to study.

Russia has proven its ability to extend tentacles and roots with terrible speed, and it has done so all over the world in the wake of the massive disruption that has been Donald Trump. Its cyber-warfare apparatus is the digital upgrading of its Dezinformatsiya, or disinformation office, which was formed in 1923. Russia has been experimenting with campaigns of state-sanctioned lying for nearly a hundred years. This is a good thing to keep an eye on.

From the way Russia defines cyberwarfare, to its employment for strategic use, Russia has developed a big edge over its western counterparts. As James Wirtz, Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School in California, has noted, “Russia, more than any other nascent actor on the cyber stage, seems to have devised a way to integrate cyber warfare into a grand strategy capable of achieving political objectives.”

CIA chief Mike Pompeo recently said “It’s tough. You now have not only nation states trying to steal our stuff, but non-state, hostile intelligence services, well-funded. Folks like WikiLeaks, out there trying to steal American secrets, for the sole purpose of undermining the United States and her democracy.”

For all the trouble that Russia manages to cause, and for all its miles and hundreds of millions of citizens, it has an economy about as large as that of Italy. The state of California alone has an economy that is far more robust then Russia’s. In order to make Russia great again, Putin has to find a way to fix that. Redistribution of world wealth underneath his control is what he’s after.

The Russian cyber-warfare apparatus allows him an inexpensive and shockingly effective way to cripple, entangle, and do literal physical harm to the infrastructure of anything that opposes his will. 

To understand why these attacks on the rest of us are being committed by Russia, it helps to understand two factors. First, Russia’s domineering and abusive relationship with its former satellite stakes, most notably Ukraine, its largest neighbor to the west. Second, its need to develop a way to compete with NATO in a manner that doesn’t cripple its economy with excessive military expense. 

Nuclear deterrence is becoming obsolete, as mutually assured destruction is unpalatable even to the Russians, and new ways are being found to fight. The most ancient struggles for power and dominance are being played out in our very newest world. Cyberspace has become a very dangerous place, but it’s a place we all spend a lot of time in. Therein lies the crux of the problem. 

Donald Trump thinks that by not using email, he can protect himself from the dangers of a digital world. But no matter what he would like to think, the solution won’t be found by returning to the golden age of post-It notes and Rolodexes. The computer isn’t going away any more than the firearm.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that going toward the future, U.S. policy should include the immediate and thorough modernizationof the U.S. Cyber Command. After last year, we should take the offensive. An overt, popular, and well- financed American cyber- force would overtake the efforts of the Russians within months.

As soon as our highest office has been vacated by the impeachment of Donald Trump, a man that Putin has been cultivating for five years and is the property of, it will be a top priority to attain world preeminence in this area as well.

America created the Internet, and that makes its governance our responsibility. We consider this a sacred duty, and we will not shirk in its upholding.