Tolik, I agree that Putin is a stronger leader that the West is bringing to the table these days. I don’t think the US has had a strong leader since Reagan. He and Maggie Thatcher made a great pair. Going off track here for a moment but I thought it spoke volumes as to O’s immaturity as a leader when he snubbed Thatcher’s funeral. She did far more for the US in her partnering with Reagan than Mandela ever did, yet it was Mandela that O made such a big deal about.