At the post, HOT US Intelligence Leak: Russia Has Videos of Prostitutes Performing Golden Showers For Trump, a commenter writes in this vein:
And who gives a hoot about Russia?! The Cold War's been over for a generation. The Russian economy is about the size of Italy's!But this is like writing that when going down the street one should be more concerned passing the 86-year old multi-billionaire Warren Buffett as opposed to a street hood with $5.00 in his pocket.
Note to the slow: Cross the street when the hood is approaching you on the sidewalk, not Buffett.
Wealth does not translate directly into potential force.
Italy has no nuclear weapons. Russia has 7,300 nuclear warheads. That makes Russia a player even if its economy were only the size of Zambia.