So Vlad is getting the band back together and going out on tour. Some political voices, like Marco Rubio, are calling for the U.S. to act. It might sound good, but we will not. We cannot.
The era of a powerful United States is past. The decades of growth and wealth following WWII have been over long enough for us to dig a seventeen trillion dollar hole. To try to maintain spending on social programs we are currently cutting the U.S. military back to pre-WWII levels. This, after using up our military, both the personnel and the equipment, in two wars over the past 13 years. Russia isn’t worried about us doing anything other than issuing strongly worded statements.
For that matter, Iran isn’t either. They nodded and scraped a bit, but they have continued right along the path of developing the capability to enrich uranium to the level necessary to make thermonuclear weapons.
And China is leaving us behind economically. They may be using their own population as slaves to make the products, but they are winning. In 2013 they passed us as the world’s top trader of merchandise. We don’t make electronics, the last American made TV was a Zenith and they gave it up in 1995. **UPDATE in the comments** Cars? Steel? Oil? Textiles? China has no reason to pay attention to the needs or wishes of the United States. They have already won their war with us, one department store sale at a time. We owe over five trillion dollars in debt to other countries. Half of that is held by just two, Japan and China.
So, this Russian expansion in eastern Europe? This is what after looks like. We are going to see a lot more of it.