The significance of his role in history cannot be overstated.
In the midst of the Cold War, the Soviet Union deployed missiles just 90 miles from the contiguous United States. This was perhaps the closest the world ever came to nuclear war.
Economic and military spycraft is shifting the international balance of power.
Terrorist attacks prove the Taliban is coming out victorious.
Iran takes an openly dominant role in the Middle East.
Did he make this statement because Russia has entered, or will soon enter, another secret pact with Germany?
While the world is distracted, the Syrian dictator attempts a decisive power play.