The Trump administration took one of its most aggressive actions against Russia on Friday, announcing sweeping sanctions against members of Russian president Vladimir Putin's inner circle, along with top officials and several businesses, including a state-owned weapons trading company. Senior U.S. administration officials said the sanctions are not aimed to punish Moscow for any particular event, but are instead a broader measure aimed at the 'totality of the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly malign activities in the world.'
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.