Not totally unlike Bin Laden, Putin figured out how to use our strengths against us. With Bin Laden it was physically sending people here to get trained to carry out a horrible act of violence (using our own stuff). With Putin, he just does it through our own mouths (promotes infighting, promotes fighting with our allies, pushes wedge issues via technology, etc, etc). In both cases it’s using us (or our freedoms) against us (in some manner).
We’re being played and it’s to Putin’s advantage. He has always needed to crack the alliances between us and our allies and it’s pretty much done.
You can’t say he’s not clever.