"Using defense-in-depth in today's NATO creates two serious problems, one military and one political. This means that NATO's conventional military strength- far larger than Russia's- is unlikely to deter a Russian attack."
"America’s rivals are aware of the dangers of provoking the world’s most powerful nation. But this doesn’t mean that they have reconciled themselves to the U.S.-led system in the 21st century; rather, they are challenging it subtly."
"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."