The Restless Wave
John McCain
Contributed by Nina Calhoun
Chapter 7
Summary

“Not Yet, Know Thy Enemy” is arguably one of the most detailed and passionate chapters of the book. It introduces President Donald Trump, his election and the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. McCain was a central figure in Russian involvement conspiracy. His strong conviction is seen as he states, “But to make Putin deeply regret his assault on the foundation of our democracy—free and fair elections—we should seriously consider retaliating with the kinds of weapons he used.” The elections of the President of the United States is such an important matter to the country. Any accusation that there is interference from external forces is so grave that it must be investigated. If found to be true, the responsible parties must be punished appropriately. However, since the sitting is the beneficiary, such an investigation and consequent punishment of responsible persons appears to be remote. Additionally, the book recalls many occasions in which Russia has acted in a manner that goes against the interests of America. Even before the Cold War, Russia had started working against America. There is a need for the country to deeply reexamine and reevaluate its relationship with the Putin-led nation.

Analysis

The alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 elections served to confirm McCain’s belief in Russia as the number one enemy of the United States. This confirmation calls for the development of policies that reflects this reality. It is not profitable to treat an enemy as an ally. For long, the United States has treated Russia as an ally when there are many instances when Russia has acted in a detrimental manner in regard to America. It is essential for any country to identify its enemies lest they get betrayed by those they consider allies. Trust defines the relationship between states. At the moment, it appears to be difficult placing trust in Russia. Such difficulty makes it essential to change the course of the relationship between the two countries.

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