Vlad is saber rattling, his talk has gone large, some big words, the kind you don’t expect, but are not surprised that he went nuclear. When your back is up against the wall you have no alternative but to throw some gasoline on the fire. Putin does that well. Taking a cue from some of the previous high priests of Putindom. Czar Vlad picks his vocabulary very carefully not a wasted word, putting boots on the ground instead are worth a thousand words. This is the complete opposite of President Obama who had a lot more flexibility this term if you know what we mean.
In the days leading up to the November election POTUS will have to make a choice, do something or our military may have to. This is not idle banter and secondly it is not out of the realm of possibility.