1⃣ He can boost his home popularity by making the Russian bear roar regardless of right or wrong.
2⃣ The European Union is no union and each country’s perceived self-interests prevail.
3⃣ The United States is a paper tiger more focused on its dysfunctional politics.
4⃣ The President of the United States is a lightweight who can be easily be outmaneuvered.
5⃣ Pushing your agenda in small increments keeps the West off guard.
6⃣ Creating the illusion that there is internal support for what you want blunts any effective external response.
7⃣ The West has no stomach for confrontation and has forgotten the lessons of the 20th century when it comes to territorial aspirations of dictators.