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Join Date: Sep 2011
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in my laymen opinion: Putin knows the US wont challenge him militarily. your excursions into Iraq and afghan and your commitments in south korea as well as the situation with Iran, you are just way too committed and hurting from public opinion to challenge him.
looking at it in a different way, tackling Russia in a war will allow all these other areas to become unstable and out of control. Putin is smartly using this opportunity to re-establish Russia as a super power with some bite, and he will continue to do so until Europe ups its military game.
The sad reality is, that with both China and Russia growing its military, and Europe declining its military, the US alone cannot react to Russia's expansion.
regarding the vote to join Russia, i think its a shortsighted decision by a populace yearning for the good old days of perceived Russian unity and dominance, who will regret giving up their independence in the long run.
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