I'm putting myself out there by even posting this. Some may make me out to be an idiot. But honestly I consider this to be, in the long term, the greatest threat to more than US security. Putin has deeply secured the seat of his power, and prevented others from taking it from him. He has, in effect, made himself the de facto leader of what is wdely considered the Russian "republic." I would wager without a doubt that we will see a consolidated Russian "republic" directly aligned aganst NATO within the next two years. Within five years we will see a Russian civil war the likes of which most could not have imagined. I tell you this not because I expected it. And I hope you will have the opportunity to mock me for it. (in Highschool I perhaps foolishly prophesied a Chinese uprising agains the US). But the USSR is not dead. Its suppresion of individual rights is definitely not dead, and its impearial tendencies are definitely alive and well. I expect the remains of the USSR to rise up against western ideals and attempt to present a foil to traditional western powers in a way that we have taken for granted. The Cold War is not over, nor is the USSR dead under Putin. Mock me as you wish. I hope I am wrong. I hope to look the fool in the coming years. But there is something seriously wrong in the Russian Republic. And if they choose to look for glory in their past, then we will be looking at a much more dangerous world. God help us.