Ten years ago, Russia had nukes capable of destroying the USA. Today, Russia has nukes capable of destroying the USA. Nothing has changed.
And it’s been that way my entire life, and I am 65 this year.
Putin was just bragging about his organs being bigger. There is no change there whatsoever.
Statements that we can block “some” missiles, not generally borne out by either field use or testing, should be taken with a grain of salt the size of a tub. First, suppose you can block 2/3’s of ICBM’s, the enemy just keeps firing till one gets through. Second, why would they do that? It’s much easier to do an EMP, and there’s no defense against that, because when you try to strike against the missile, you EMP yourself. Third, absolutely nobody has claimed we’ll have success shooting down short range missiles – and the Russians still have subs near the US shores. Are we assuming they are armed with marshmallows?
Yes, eventually, someday, there’ll be orbiting laser platforms that can and will shoot down anything in instants – but we don’t have those, nobody has proposed building them, and we’d be very likely to be attacked before we could build them.
Putin is just trying to encourage Republicans to go into their “Fortress America” mode. Turtling up would be the biggest economic benefit to Russia imaginable, as the sanctions would slowly dissolve and Europe would renew economic ties.
And that’s the view from reality.