One of the recurring themes of this election cycle has been Russia. There is strong evidence that Russia has engineered hacks into state election systems and is behind the Wiki-leaked emails from the Clinton campaign. Putin and Clinton aren’t exactly sending each other Christmas cards. Trump says he can get along with Putin. Trump has also challenged NATO, saying Europe should be paying more for its own defense. Here’s the bottom line. A Trump victory and Europe is thinking, “We’re on our own.” A Clinton win and Putin is thinking, “We have an adversary in the White House.” Elections matter.