You can hate your enemy, but you must always RESPECT your enemy.
Why do I bring that up? Easy. The Administration, Pentagon and State Dept obviously have a dislike of Putin (never quite understood it but oh well...) what they failed to do was respect him.
So where does that leave us (yeah you consider this a minor rant)?
Ukraine has become a non-issue. Despite the stated desire to have the borders of Ukraine returned to the pre-civil war boundaries, the Europeans have all but signalled that they're willing to accept the status quo. Don't misunderstand me. Any further moves into Ukraine will be a MAJOR issue, but as things now stand the Europeans appear to be willing to let it be.
Why? Simple. The immigration issue. The new under reported story is the anger inside Europe that is being stirred by the fighting age young men rampaging thru their cities. I wouldn't be surprised to see several FAR RIGHT political parties gain power in the next elections.
Putin provides a solution...a best of many bad alternatives solution to the mess. Turkey will be upset but Europe doesn't care. Ditto with the US.
In one swift move, Putin consolidated his gains in Ukraine, divided the alliance and will be seen as a practical leader. Quite honestly you don't have to like the guy, but you have to be impressed by how he took advantage of a leadership vacuum.