Tonight, I heard some expert say, Vladimir Putin was behaving the way he is in this Ukranian crisis, because he was sick of nobody taking Russia seriously, like they used to when they were a global super power. I’m no authority concerning geopolitical matters, but I can assure you that the new Tsar is not throwing a temper tantrum. Vladimir Putin is a highly methodical and disciplined former intelligence operative, and no matter how inflated his ego may be, it is not in the way of his agenda. He is using the the opportunity to see, how the world, the Western world in particular, will react. This is not a show of power, even though Russian forces outweigh Ukrainian forces roughly 20:1. This is not a Russian phallus, it’s a prod, a probe. The USA are not prepared to take Putin’s challenge, and the EU are not coherent enough to react in a manner that will convince Putin to back down. Somebody needs to call Putin’s reverse bluff.