FARNAN: Phony Putin Focus Distracted From China

Bureaucracies are bad at many things at the best of times. But they are probably the worst at making adjustments to changing conditions, as today’s House Intelligence Committee report alludes to. America’s military and foreign intelligence capabilities remain fixated on Russia even though the Soviet Union disbanded 29-years ago and nobody thinks Vladimir Putin has designs on conquering Europe. Why is Washington stuck on Russia like the knob on the radio in a 1970 Chrysler Cordoba remains frozen on the top-40 station that played all the groovy hits? Because (1) that’s where the money is; and (2) it is easy.