The Kuwait News Agency just published this little bit of delightful news.
The Russians are inherently insecure as a nation, because of their long history of being invaded, and Russian pride is very sensitive. Leaders like Putin know how to pander to the people promising them a return to a time when the world feared and respected them. Never mind that, at the height of the cold war, the people were eating sawdust filled sausages. Heck, at least the trains ran on time.
We ought to reflect on Obama’s recent “off the mike” remark to Medvedev about needing some “space.”