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File-This Nov. 10, 2017, file photo shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska, right, walking to attend the APEC Business Advisory Council dialogue in Danang, Vietnam. The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials on Friday, April 6, 2018, with sanctions that took direct aim at President Putin's inner circle, as President Donald Trump's administration tried to show he's not afraid to take tough action against Moscow. Seven Russian tycoons, including aluminum magnate Deripaska, were targeted, along with 17 officials and a dozen Russian companies, the Treasury Department said.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) **FILE**

For Russia, the hits just keep coming from Team Trump

So now the Democrats have sued the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks over supposed "collusion" during the 2016 presidential election. But even as President Trump's critics accuse him of going easy on the Kremlin, the hits from the White House toward Moscow just keep on coming.

"President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price...to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!" President Trump tweeted. (Associated Press)

Putin needs a war in Syria

Media pundits and the McCain-Lindsey Team are crowing with delight about how President Trump "emboldened" Syrian President Bashar Assad to again deploy chemical weapons against civilians, when POTUS raised the trial balloon of leaving Syria. However, they are missing the real point.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, the home of the Soviet nuclear weapons program and later Soviet and Russian non-military nuclear technologies, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Trump's Syria actions a test of Russia's weapons

Russia doesn't make much, but they do make really good weapons. In fact, one of the purposes of Russian involvement in the civil war in Syria, in addition to preserving Russian influence in the region, was to promote Russian military technology.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded the West a couple of weeks ago, in effect, "We have weapons that you can't defend against." (Associated Press/File)

Tit for tat from Russia's potential president for life

The most striking comment to come out of Russia since the election of Vladimir Putin to a fourth term Sunday just may have come from well-known firebrand, nationalist and perennial losing presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who declared that the presidential election this year would be Russia's last.

In this file photo taken Thursday, March 1, 2018, journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

It will take generations for Russia to change

The most simple reduction of the eight years of Mr. Obama's reign was that you could not listen to what the man, or his minions, had to say to discern his agenda. No, you had to look at the consequences of his actions.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia. U.S. indictment charged 13 Russians with running a hidden social media trolling campaign in a bid to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, Pool, File) **FILE**

That murky U.S.-Russian clash in Syria merits a much closer look

For all the hysteria about Russian collusion and President Trump being in Vladimir Putin's pocket, you would be hard-pressed to find in the mainstream media the fact that the United States military just killed at least a hundred Russian mercenaries, possibly twice that number or more, with hundreds more wounded.