Putin is a cold-blooded, self-enriching opportunistic bully.[ An unrepentant KGB agent]. He is ruthless, with a record of murdering critics and opponents. His goal is to expand Russia’s control over the old Soviet republics and Eastern Europe, disband NATO and to become an influential power in the Middle East.
The sole obstacle to a world led by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Iran, ISIS, China, and North Korea is the deterrent ability of the United States.
Putin holds both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in low regard.
Contrary to claims emanating from the Obama administration and from the Clinton campaign , Putin strongly favors Hillary Clinton in the coming election.
Most important to Putin is the very favorable political and economic outcomes to Russia that would occur from Hillary Clinton’s expected actions relating to fracking.
Hillary Clinton would vastly curtail fracking, either, by direct prohibition or through moratoriums; geographic area limitations; regulations; etc
[Fracking is an important innovation in oil and gas extraction. It has helped America make great strides toward becoming energy-sufficient[U.S. Now Has Largest Oil Reserves in the World, Thanks to Fracking July 7, 2016 by Jake Green ]
This would give Putin a vast increase in the value of Russia’s petroleum reserves and petroleum exports. It would restore Russia’s previous political and economic lock on East Europe’s energy supplies.[ It would also give Iran greatly increased petroleum income to finance its extensive terror and penetration operations throughout the world.]
A second reason is Putin’s belief, [based on many years of observation of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry] that a Hillary Clinton administration would continue the parameters and trend lines established by Barack Obama .
a. Bill Clinton: announcing complete success of his negotiations with North Korea… North Korea will abandon their quest for nuclear weapons and completely demolish their nuclear development infrastructure.
“Resolution of the North Korean nuclear threat” [William J, Clinton….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TcbU5jAavw&ab_channel=DavidGruen ]
b. Barack Obama ; Hillary Clinton ; John Kerry:
The Obama administration has pulled back in every confrontation with Putin’s Russia. Putin has seen this US pattern and has resolved to remain the first mover, not expecting much American pushback except in words.
Obama’s rebuke to Romney during debate (Obama to Romney:”……you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE&ab_channel=RT)
Obama’s open microphone (Tell Vladimir “that after my election I have more flexibility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE&ab_channel=RT]
Clinton’s “re-set button” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sudCmrAsF4&ab_channel=DouglasJohnston ;
Acceptance of Putin’s aggressive intervention in Ukraine;
Iranian nuclear deal which permits Russia to sell advanced weaponry to Iran and receive hard currency (furnished by the United States); Strategy of bringing Russia into the Middle East as a major player (as discussed in Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease Tony Badran The Tablet September 21, 2016 ) .
Obama’s White House has cut the military “out of the loop”in key international and military decisions [testimony of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Joint Chiefs of Staff…https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-22/obama-kept-military]
Donald Trump is an unknown quantity. So far, Trump has surrounded himself with military and intelligence advisors that are highly regarded by the American military and intelligence communities. Voter support for Trump in both communities is high. Trump appears to have superior knowledge relating to the impacts of Hillary Clinton’s energy policies on the US economy , on Russia, and on Iran. Trump will not be the detailed oriented model of Jimmy Carter. He will not be the “I am the commander-in-chief” model of Barack Obama. It is expected that Trump will operate in the manner of a “Chairman of the Board”. Trump is unfamiliar with the interworking’s of the Washington political bureaucracy. Thus, an evaluation will have to be postponed until Trump’s key appointees and their subordinates are identified.