Russia and the USA are two fundamentally different countries in how engage in the world. It seems that we can’t get along and Russia is gaining on us.
Maybe, in the long term, we’ll have a more envious position. But, it’s difficult to deny that’s something has gone awry with our Russian policy. We’ve lost control of the relationship. That rifle has floated way out of arm’s reach.
To the generalist, it appears as though the West hasn’t been inclusive and Russia is made to feel isolated. A cornered beast will strike back. Russia, in their perspective have two options: alligator tears or defend themselves aggressively. They’ve chosen the latter.
The generalist matters because the voters do influence overt foreign policy. They dictate the general trend and have the right to deny their support in future voting cycles. Nations like Russia and Iran, however, are less reliant on the public.