February 28, 2014

Forget Invasion -- Putin Is Already Winning

John Hulsman, City AM

The Associated Press

AS ITS currency collapses, protests flare up in Crimea, and Russia flexes its muscles on the doorstep, those in the West claiming triumph in Ukraine should remember the story of King Pyrrhus of Epirus. In 279 BC, this scourge of the Romans managed to best them at the Battle of Asculum, but at tremendous cost. Pyrrhus, aware that means and ends must always be kept in balance in running a successful foreign policy, sadly and sagely responded to his “triumph” by noting, “One more such victory, and we shall be undone.”

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