Putin has encircled Ukraine and filled the Black Sea with Russian naval craft.
And he keeps saying that America is hysterical.
Those moves are just good training for his military.
I guess that must be true.
Because Putin has said so.
But America says that Russia is going to rush across the frozen ground - once it's frozen - and dash to Kiev and declare unity: little russia - Ukraine - and Mother Russia.
Mother Russia is a myth, but Napoleon and Hitler inadvertently reinforced the myth.
Russia is not invincible, it's just too big to be taken by a traditional land force - even of the type of the Wehrmacht - and its awful weather enhances that fact so, when Russia gathers force on its western frontier, and threatens whoever is on the other side of that frontier, a question immediately arises.
"Since we know that sending a conventional army into Russia from its western border will duplicate Napoleon's experience, what is the alternative that might work"?
There is only one answer.
What a stupid answer.
And what a stupid impasse.
A trumped-up impasse.
So why doesn't Russia just join NATO and the EU?
Because that would make sense.