I'm a little surprised to see you beating the war drum.
At this point in history, war isn't a good avenue. As I said, soft power, economics, disinformation, hacking. These are the new battlefronts. This is the easiest ways to evade international condemnation. Even proxy wars are no good these days.
Again, Putin is in no position to fight a real war.
Look, it's an aggressive position, I know that. But there is also considerable risk in not doing enough.
If I was actually president, I prob wouldn't push hard to escalate the situation. There is a Go proverb, "Sitting on the side is worth 8 stones". If you are teaching a beginner, you give them 9 stones. It's a lot easier when it's not your butt on the line.
It feels a lot different when you're in the hot seat. At the same time, dealing with bullies is simple. It gets complicated when you don't punch them in the nose.