America and some Western allies do not choose to understand why Russia's Vladimir Putin is challenging Barack Obama's economic and geopolitical initiatives. Putin sees plainly (see his remarks in Davos at the World Economic Forum in January 2009 for example) that high cost, debt and deficit ridden socialism/crony capitalism in Western Europe cannot work, especially given the senior-tilted age structure of populations there. Like Col. Allen West, he questions (rightly) why the Obama Administration proceeds so lamely as it has done confronting radical Islam. Putin aims to break up NATO and push U.S. forces out of Europe. He just might succeed.