When a country has the nuclear capability to destroy the US ten times over, it is a powerful foe — period. Sure, economically and geopolitically (until Trump) Russia is third rate. It is like saying that there is a giant who can crush your village with one foot, but because he is dumb and slow he’s not a very powerful enemy.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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