Then why is Putin pushing for Trump?
#1. Because Trump is anti-China. Russia and China are not allies. This is a total myth. This is an "alliance" which rests on both of them wanting the US not to dominate the world. But Putin knows well that China's ability to become the dominant power is greater than his own. This is where we go to #2. #2. Everyone hates Trump. With Trump, the US left is becoming evermore radical. In the short term, this results in some instability. In the long term, this undermines the US. If the US were to socialize, then it would lose its economic dominance over the world. For this to happen, enough Americans must support the socialization of society and economy. While it is also useful to have the right become radical, it actually doesn't really help in the long term, as it is the right which is more pro-American values and ideas. #3. The fact that Trump wants NATO members to fulfill their obligations. Putin's bet is that the Europeans will refuse to take up the cost of their own defense. So he won't be threatened from Europe by a large US presence. You ask why is Putin for Trump. Well I ask: is China for Biden?Next question: when we think about other countries, do we not also choose between the existing alternatives? So you will see those who support one or the other side in the Spanish civil war, despite both being authoritarian. Does that make all those who pick a side authoritarian? No. It just means we choose from the options we have based on practical or moral considerations. Doesn't mean that person is an agent. Example: I don't support any Albertan politician (I am from Ontario), but I would support the conservative leader over the liberal.
I would say it is less about diminishing power and more about the Europeans actually adhering to what they signed up for. Notice that Trump wants to pull out of Germany: the richest country in Europe. He isn't threatening to pull troops out of Latvia or Lithuania for example. Germany has not been paying its share for 2 decades. They refuse to do so. So this is Trump's way of showing them the American acceptance of their position. If they don't care enough to spend 2% of GDP, then America shouldn't care either. Thus, the troops are to be sent to other NATO countries.
@Naydyonov Sure but that's irrelevant to Putin's interests. Many Americans voted for Trump under the assumption that Clinton was a warmonger and Trump would pull the troops out of anywhere he could. Putin likely saw a better opportunity in Trump to advance his own agenda. He's also been far friendlier to Putin than Clinton ever would have been.
He pulled troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Of these two, only Afghanistan can be directly influenced by Russia, which is not happening. It has been close to 2 decades since the start of the wars. At some point the US must leave. Unless America is in favor of having multiple perpetual wars. Look at Korea: the US has been there for seven decades! But they haven't fought an enemy for 65 years. From 2012 to 2020 93 soldiers have been killed in Iraq. But we also must remember the US contingent, in terms of numbers, fell off a cliff. In 2010: 1 death per 1424 troops. In 2012: 1 death per 2050. 2012 was the year with the least deaths. 2012: 2 ; 2014: 4 ; 2015: 8 ; 2016: 20 ; 2017: 22 ; 2018: 17 ; 2019: 12 ; 2020: 8. So in 1 year, the deaths doubled, which would give 1 death per 1025. Making it more deadly than in 2010 for the troops there.
@Naydyonov Oh I agree with you. I'm just saying that Putin likely agrees too, but for very different reasons. Regardless of actual foreign policy, Putin clearly favors having somebody in the US presidency who doesn't insult him, talk down to him, criticize him, or discuss foreign policy conduct in ways that would garner support for quashing Putin's European campaign.
Yeah, sure. For image it is better. But the US will remain in Europe, so on the practical level I don't think it makes much difference. This is why it all depends. On China, Trump is more tough. So for the Chinese it makes sense to have Biden. Sanctions on Russia will not be lifted for many more years, so Trump hasn't made life any easier. At this point though, I would say both Trump and Putin are focused on internal politics. Trump because of the virus, riots, party fighting, etc. Putin because of a steady collapse in public support, as well as the situation in Belarus (which we shall call semi-external). Xi though seems to be alright. Doing the same old thing.
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You Putin’s idiot?
Oh! Yes sorry, I derped lol