Lieutenant Colonel Bob Maginnis, a Pentagon insider, is a voice that can be trusted. His long military career and contacts in government and the military has given him insights far beyond Internet rumors. While there may be some measure of truth to the rumors and conspiracy theories, much of this seems to be a bit exaggerated. For Vladimir Putin to spend billions of dollars on a war that now has him in the world’s crosshairs, while destroying the Russian economy in the process, seems a bit extreme. There’s more going on here than meets the eye.