No doubt the wave of buttfury has already broke in response to news that the US is mulling the idea of returning heavy armor units to Europe, and possibly deploying them in Eastern Europe. The Russian press will be crowing about how the Dear Leader has been vindicated and how Russia is indeed under siege. The pro-Kremlin dupes and “realists” in the West will lament over this “escalation.”
What none of these morons and propagandists will note, however, is the fact that the US didn’t have these forces in Europe until recently. In fact, the US military presence in Europe, until Putin started his little adventure, was nothing but a shadow of its Cold War self. See the figures for yourself, cited in this article. Keep in mind that all throughout this period, the Russian government and their propaganda hacks were screaming about “NATO encirclement” and using this to justify their own military interventions or foreign bases (yes, little edgy leftist, Russia has bases on foreign soil too).
Some might say that this escalation will help Putin, because now he’ll be able to point to a “real” threat. I dismiss this argument, on the grounds that even when the threat was a fantasy, the Putin regime played it up as though it were real. If they’re going to scream about “NATO encirclement” and military threats, they might as well actually exist.
This is what Putin wanted, now he’s got it. All that’s necessary to do now is wait for him and his circle of morons to bankrupt and loot their own country and finally get killed by an angry lynch mob who believes that they are traitorous “CIA agents” or some such conspiratorial nonsense that was ironically cultivated by the Russian state media.
Then the whole cycle will start again- the Russian people will trade their freedom to another con-man thief who appears to be strong and who promises order and a renewed empire. Only this time it will be worse off so that “new Cold War” will be even shorter and even more pathetic.
And of course no matter how much worse it gets for Russia, and how weak Russia gets, Ukrainians will still scream about how Russia is ruling them like a colonial master and how it is still orchestrating a worldwide conspiracy to slander and denigrate the poor unsung heroes of the OUN and UPA- the only tolerant, liberal democratic nationalist movement in all of Eastern and Central Europe during the WWII era.