I read today that Vladimir Putin described United States plans for missile defense as “Pie in the sky.” It seems like world hopes for a friendly Russia is “Pie in the sky,” and everyone is afraid to say it. It doesn’t seem to me that we are living in a time to afford wishful thinking. It is time to realize all the olive branches and talk of soul mates is misleading. Take a look at the progression of Russian foreign policy. Russia has clearly determined it is in their interest to once again counter the influence of the United States.The truly troubling thing is that all of our “experts” refuse to read the writing on the wall. The question is, are we better off ignoring Russia‘s intentions, or should we return their actions in kind. Where are the Russians helping us? The Space Station right? I am sure they have taken enough from us in that cooperation to have made it a good move for them, But how has it helped us? Russia opposes everything we attempt diplomatically. They have been no help with Iran; in fact, one could contend they are actively working with the Iranians to undermine us. Russia‘s increasing coziness with China is disturbing, and their thuggish tactics with Eastern European countries also leave one to wonder where Russia stands.They openly call us an enemy, but we treat them like a friend. I believe we need a strong leader to stand up and say all the things that aren’t being said. Someone needs to publicly point out the series of actions and attitudes from Russian leaders and what that means.The instruments of the Soviet Cold War machine are alive and well but invisible. There is no Soviet Union to attribute them to. The machine has gone underground. The communist party seems to have plenty of resources to fund illegal immigrant marches, anarchy demonstrations, and who knows what else.The KGB is gone as well, but no doubt is still alive. There has been a conversion of sorts, and the activities go well beyond the national boundaries of Russia. Brave leaders need to stand up and talk about what this means for America its citizens and the rest of the world. Like many other issues of today we bury our heads in the sand rather than face the reality we live in.However one looks at the events of today’s world, the chips are stacking up against America. Our leaders are either blind to the situation, or they condone it. Some former high ranking Democrats have implied publicly that we are too strong, and we should be weakened. It is difficult to believe after watching our government the last several years that everything is on the up and up.If our government is being straight with us then they are incompetent. If our government is not incompetent, then they are lying to us.