Ronaldus Magnus was even more prescient than we thought.
As in, the Evil Empire he described in 1983 is now being reincarnated as V.V. Putin’s “Russia Resurgent”.
In other words, THEY’RE BAAAAACK!!
The West in fractured with petty politicians playing their games. The common person has a low threat picture. The Russians are back, but today with a hybrid state that is still led by a regime but more or less applies free market practices and has access to the world markets with unparalleled precedence. Rouge states today are at a point where they to can join the nuclear club, master the science of long range missiles (inter continental). We live in a world more heterogeneous than ever, more global, with more trade, more movement of people, ease of communication and access to information. The threats to the old league of Western free nations is today greater than EVER before. Typically when nations or systems fall, as with the Roman empire, people are not even really aware of their systems demise. The Romans didn't see their empire as fading or decaying, even towards the end! Fat, decedent, complacent, our answer to this world will be an Obama, and that will in my opinion create a landslide not only for us, but the entire West which even if some despise and envy us, are all tied together.