Last night General (ret.) George Joulwan was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer. In the course of this discussion Joulwan told Blitzer that NATO should play tough with Russia, move troops around, make belligerent statements, etc. Blitzer basically told him to shut up. Georgie was variously theater commander in Latin America and in Europe. Whilst in Europe he was an advocate of driving the NATO alliance as far east as possible for the evident purpose of "penning up" Russia. So, I suppose that Joulwan can be thought of as one of the early architects of the policy that brought us to this point. George was never too bright. He made his way as a horse holder for various senior officers and as a hale fellow. Today I also listened as Donna Brazile, a political consultant assured her audience that war with Russia is not our "only option."
There used to be a considerable body of literature about what would happen if the US and Russia "squared off " with each other.
Perhaps some of it should be re-visited. pl