March 28, 2014

Putin and Pyrrhic Victories

Seth Mandel, Commentary

The Associated Press

Of the attempts to take a more optimistic view of Vladimir Putin’s shoplifting spree on Ukrainian territory, two stand out. One is the idea that Putin is, as President Obama said, acting “out of weakness,” not strength. The other is that Russia’s annexation of Crimea will be something of a Pyrrhic victory by slow bleed–that Putin has taken on an economic albatross.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Crimea, Ukraine


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March 21, 2014
Thanks for Being So Cool About Everything
Vladimir Putin, The Onion
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