Vladimir Putin once again the president of Russia recently spoke to Russian diplomats and was reported to have said that the West was in decline. He also went on to point out that the decline of the West was much more than just the current Euro crisis. Even though Putin had his own reasons for talking about the decline of the West, such as trying to make himself look better, the fact of the matter is that irregardless of his reasons he is essentially correct. The West for all its talk on Syria and Iran and what needs to be done in both places is beginning to find that nobody is listening. Why should Russia take us seriously when they know we are broke and there is no stomach for another military adventure. We keep telling everyone what they should do but they know now that they do not have to listen anymore.