An excellent historical point. I had not thought of the partitioning of Poland as relevant. Historically the process is part of the rise of Prussia.
Your point immediately made sense to me. Putin would be very familiar with the partitioning of, overly, proud Poland.
All of the blatant corruption in America is being carefully ignored on the basis of hope that it will somehow go away. It will not. The criminals control the Senate. They will not allow themselves to be removed.