Since the start of Russia’s escalation of the conflict with Ukraine, I’ve read constantly in the Western media that “NATO is not a threat to Russia” and that Putin’s claims to the contrary are nonsense. Why is it, then, that the NYT is now claiming Sweden’s entry into NATO is a “strategic defeat” to Putin? Either NATO is a threat to Russia or it isn’t. Pick an argument and stick to it. As for him not calculating the blowback… yeah I’m sure he thought his invasion of Ukraine would go unnoticed….