It is fucking real
Since we are at it, let me put into layman terms, our (Czech) relations with the United States. So, across the border there is a big ass American base called Ramstein. This American presence allows us to neglect defence spending and have big balls in front Russia. But should America go bankrupt like USSR once did, we will be left one on one with Russia. And in that case, I hope we are not as stubborn as the Kiev regime, and actually find a compromise with Moscow.