A Dem president and congress may lose a few American cities, but the Europeans will lose their homelands.
Flushed with profits from the re-nationalized oil and gas industries, President Vladimir Putin has improved Russia’s military, developing “the Topol-M mobile ballistic missile, the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile, a new multiple-warhead missile, a new evading warhead, the S-400 missile interceptor, fifth-generation fighter planes and four new missile-firing submarines.” Putin has used Russia’s newly empowered military to confront the West.
He has resumed long-range nuclear bomber flights, opposes missile defenses in Europe, claims the North Pole for Russia and suspends cooperation under the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. He also sells air defense missiles to Syria and nuclear technology to Iran, suspends gas and oil shipments to pressure other countries, and threatens both to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear forces (INF) treaty and to target NATO countries by basing missiles in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave.
Absent US support, the EU cannot counter a single one of these mortal threats, and its pols lack the courage to implement the tripling of military expenditure needed to keep the bear in its cage.