It does bing up the point that Putin (along with other enemies in the world) would not feel half so cocky as he does without the continual attacks of the Democrats. We must at this point really at least consider that the Democrat obstructionism goes beyond narrow and thoughtless political gain for their party. It is beginning to openly verge on treason.
These utterances when placed along side the recent war games with China, the SCO nonsense in the CIS and China's offer of military assistance to Iran, bodes ill.
What is up?
The leadership of the Democrat Party isn't VERGING on treason it has run full tilt for it. The whole reason this "go slow on Iran" is because treasonous Clintonites at CIA leak "reports" that "prove" to the Dinosaur Media that Iran isn't any where near getting a nuke. Funny how the CIA, the black beast of the Fed Govt to the Left all during the Cold War, is now sited regularly as their favorite source. We are having our hands tied by traitors like Sen. Joe Biden who run around screaming every anti-American lie fed to them by their Socialist European buddies. What I use to think was just short sightedness on the Dems side has now spilled over into open treason. Their political grandstanding is now limiting what political consensus can be built to defend American interests. It might be different if they offered alternative ideas but they don't. All they do is scream opposition to what WE are doing. That is crippling the war effort and THAT IS TREASON.
The sharks in the water smell the blood of vulnerability. And as you conjectured, the Democrats and leftwing media have exposed our flank to our enemies.