Authoritarian government is normal in Russia, democracy isn’t.
Instead of standing by and watching Moscow, Tehran and Beijing gain territory and influence at the west’s expence, it’s time for peace through strength.
Practically, this entails the liberation of eastern Ukraine, a political solution in Syria, support the Yemeni government and increase patrols in South China Sea.
Russia and China are like Germany and Japan in the 1930s, appeasement isn’t going to work.
One olive branch though is recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, in a grand bargain with Washington.
President Trump might need more than 59 tomahawk missiles this time.