Hi, Roger. I commend you for conceding the illiberalism of Putin’s Russia. Putin functions more as a kleptocrat than a patriot. A true patriot would attend more to economic development and social justice while eschewing corrupt self-enrichment and macho saber-rattling.
It is odd and wrong to mischaracterize principled criticism of Russian aggression as threats to Russian sovereignty. If Russia’s neighbors had invaded Russia, then the West would have stood up for Russia. Sadly, it was Russia that violated international law by invading its neighbors, forcing the West to defend their sovereignty.
As reference to the rest of my work on Medium will amply confirm, I am no neoconservative. I have no ties to the military-industrial complex, and — as I have repeatedly clarified elsewhere in comments on this piece — no one paid me to write this factual, well-sourced article.