Vladimir Putin has made the United States the centerpiece of his campaign to return to Russia’s presidency. He fulminates against the US regularly. His fulminations reached a frenzied peak-one hopes-with publication of an article on foreign policy Moskovskie Novosti. He rails against the American obsession with “becoming absolutely invulnerable,” claiming “it is the root of the problem.” (What problem would that be?) He rants that the US is hypocritical, and is always “wielding a cudgel.” (What, not a knout?) He sputters that the US routinely engages in “political engineering”, especially in “regions traditionally important to Russia”: he doesn’t mention that the Russians are widely loathed in these areas. Go figure.
Quite a performance.
And just what role will Russia play in the upcoming presidential campaign in the US? A footnote, at most. It may, in fact, play no role at all. Zip. Zero. Nada.
And that just drives Putin around the bend. An also ran with delusions of grandeur, raging against irrelevance, and willing to engage in destructive and ultimately self-defeating acts (e.g., doubling down with Assad) just to get attention.