The Baltic states are anxious Putin has eyes on them and they suspect NATO will not honor its promise to defend them. I think it may be a legitimate concern especially with Mr Trump in office.
Especially now. Trump Says NATO is Obsolete
Straight out of the 1984 movie Red Dawn.
NATO crumbles, the United States stands alone, Russia attempts an invasion.
It is put down but not neatly, not efficiently and not decisively, despite the small scale and the target, which while not a major U.S. city, still represents a strategic area of the USA.
It is a target and an attack selected to send a message, that Russia has our number, and can contemplate a larger invasion, and an all out war, at a time and place of its choosing.
The message is driven home in an undeniable way and precipitates a massive national security, economic and constitutional crisis, all of which threaten the extinction of democracy, which is really Russia's actual goal in the first place.
America becomes embroiled in a civil war.
With American democracy on life support, the world realizes that the United States is not only no longer a superpower, it is an ailing and corrupt banana republic which cannot be trusted and which can be safely ignored.
And naturally, our crippled and profit besotted press frames it in such a way that it benefits our new fascist strongman, Donald Trump, the best friend Vladimir Putin ever had.
America as we knew it, is dead and buried, fifty-one years after Nikita Kruschev's prophetic words.