It is not difficult to understanding why Putin preferred Trump over Secretary Hillary Clinton. Consistent with all U.S. presidents, Clinton challenged Putin's dictatorship and illegal international behavior. She condemned his bombing of Aleppo, Syria, and the slaughter of civilians there. Putin knew that Clinton would not, if she were president, be making things easier for him. Nor would she lift international sanctions on Russia. Trump, who can easily be taunted into going after beauty queens and Gold Star families, seems strangely afraid to criticize Putin. While Trump admires Putin's "leadership," the rest of the world recognizes the difference between leadership and dictatorship, especially those oppressed within Russia and Russia's neighbors who fear an invasion. Many American troops, by the way, are currently in harm's way protecting our allies from Russia.