Tremors are coming from the Russian front, warning signs it would be unwise for Americans to ignore. After Vladimir Putin abruptly canceled his scheduled meeting with French president François Hollande (Hollande had accused Russia of war crimes in Aleppo, Syria), last week Putin issued a communiqué to Russian diplomats worldwide to bring home their families and relatives back to the Motherland. It led some to speculate that Putin is making preparations for war.
With news that Russia has moved nuclear-capable missiles closer to the Poland/Lithuania border, that she’s conducting nationwide civil defense drills involving 40 million people, that the government sent a directive to various cities last week ordering them to convert structures into potential nuclear fall-out shelters, the speculation may not be off-base. And the United States seems only too eager to escalate things.