Dear Comrade Putin -
And now, our crowning achievement, we have a "useful idiot" in the White House, ready and willing to do our bidding. I exhort you, dear comrade, however, to be careful. The placement of our ultimate mole has been somewhat awkward and obvious, and a large part of the population is more than a little suspicious about our activities. It is becoming readily apparent to many people that our long-term plans and even the great strategic retreat are all part of a long-game to undermine America and make it collapse from within.
UPDATE: A reader writes that this letter is an elaborate "conspiracy theory" but it was intended as humor. Whether the events in this narrative happened by accident or design, they had the same effect - to embolden our enemies and weaken our country.
But.... it is not a conspiracy theory per se, but a reality. Every country in the world uses agents to influence public opinion in other countries. During the height of the cold war, our own CIA swayed elections in many Latin American and 3rd world countries, or just ousted elected officials and installed brutal dictators.
You do know how Saddam Hussein and the "Shah" of Iran came into power, right? Not by accident, I assure you.
And the Soviets did the same thing, latching onto social trends and diverting them to their own ends. We find out 50 years later that the "red scare" while mostly a bunch of nonsense, was actually based on some kernels of truth. There were Soviet spies in the USA.
I remember my hippie brother denouncing the USA as vile and corrupt for executing Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who of course were completely innocent because he read a book about it and went to college. I wonder who wrote that book? It turns out, they were in fact spies, and gave the H-bomb to the Soviets.
But he was convinced - and still is - that our country is vile and corrupt and the worst on the planet. He is a useful idiot of the first order. I would suggest he try protesting in Russia. Oh, right, he's been there - twice - to put on his little "we hate America" puppet shows. The Soviets loved him. And like I said before, he cried when the Berlin wall fell, for all the wrong reasons.
People like that are easy to manipulate. And yes, foreign countries use people like that, for their own ends and means.
So yes, this shit happens. To what extent, we may never know. Recent events, however, show us how extensive such "influence" can be.