Some of y’all may be too young to remember the Soviet Union. Some of us do remember it, and its evaporation was a *good* thing. It was, in a word, a massive, massive relief, and one hell of a surprise. As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, I just sorta took it for granted that one of these days a full nuclear exchange would take place before the USSR would go away. It was a hell of a thing to watch live on CNN as the Wall fell and later as Yeltsin stood on that tank.
Putin, however, has spent quite a number of years giving me an uncomfortableness.