as usual i have a non mainstream opinion on this and i have said it few times before. If you leave all morals out, Putin comes out of this as a great general of our time. No matter how you look at it, euramerica got pwned (thats owned in gamerspeak since someone made a typo once in a distant past) on all levels, politically, strategically, tactically, and probably some more.
I will leave my personal opinion out of it and stay objective. He did it like a boss and the others are left with the shame, by the time it happened there was nothing they could do. Europe will cut into its own flesh economically if it agrees to become a front-side military base for the americans. Im sure the russian side knew all of this and more, including their own veto rights and the fact that the chinese would not interfere (abstain) because it would force issues on their own stances on some things that arent in the spotlight right now.
The euramerican proto- or pseudo alliance would do well to respect the man if not fear his mad skillz at this game of global stratego. If you underestimate the one you choose to be your enemy you'll find yourself outmatched too often. No matter how or what, objectively from a strategic point of view this was an ultra-clean operation, minimal casualties, no resistance after the fact. Done by the time it started. Lessons can be learned from this if the next few decades herald the next great divide. One big lesson i dare say : people like that man do not respond to threats. I wouldnt if i were in his shoes and his shoes are a lot bigger than mine. If its gonna be a clash of ego the cool one wins.
Strong enemies should be respected but maybe a full scale opposition conflict can still be averted although the eurasian faction can not just let this pass because then they show weakness
yes, yes, civilized intellectuals , that IS how things actually are despite the fact that your smartphones screen grew bigger ,the world is still divided among people in the way it always has been. The ancient romans learned the hard way that decadence leads to your mighty empire being taken over by barbarians
a bad metaphor in this case but somewhat relevant. Just how big is putins idea of a united eurasia actually? I hear a lot of western propaganda countering the russian propaganda but as with all information-level wars the truth and facts are hard to find inthere?