The report titled ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment' warns about the danger Russia poses to worldwide stability
The U.S. National Intelligence Council presented a report titled "Worldwide Threat Assessment" last week in Washington. In the report, which was more than 30 pages, National Intelligence Director James Clapper outlined the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community of the threat posed to the stability of the world and in particular the United States.
Russia is the leading topic in the report, being mentioned the most concerning worldwide stability.
The report says that "Moscow's military foray into Syria marks its first use of significant expeditionary combat power outside the post-Soviet space in decades. Its intervention underscores both the ongoing and substantial improvements in Russian military capabilities and the Kremlin's confidence in using them as a tool to advance foreign policy goals. Despite its economic difficulties, Moscow remains committed to modernizing its military."
Focusing on the efforts to fan anti-U.S. and anti-Western sentiment both in Russia and around the world, the report says:
"Moscow will continue to publish false and misleading information in an effort to discredit the West, confuse or distort events that threaten Russia's image, undercut consensus on Russia."
The report also alerted Moscow to possible unrest in the near future.
The report defined Turkey as a U.S. ally, active in combat against DAESH.
"The Kremlin's fear of instability and its efforts to contain it will probably be especially acute before the September 2016 Duma election," it says.
In a separate move, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asked to quadruple the U.S. defense budget in Europe for 2017 in an aim to confront Russian aggression.
It seems that the U.S. intelligence establishment is very well aware of the danger posed by Russia to worldwide stability.
The question is why the Western world does not prevent the growing hegemonic hysteria of the post-Communist state on the ground.
Clapper said that Russian President Vladimir Putin resembles Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has they share expansionist policies.
Clapper says in the report: "We assess that Putin will continue to try to use the Syrian conflict and calls for cooperation against ISIL [DAESH] to promote Russia's Great Power status and end its international isolation."
Why has world created a new Stalin out of the ashes of an economically and strategically weakened, adolescent, moody Putin?
Let us hope that the answers to these questions will be found before more bloodshed in the Syrian cities is caused by Russia's airstrikes.