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Topic - Barry Strauss
When the pundits and press feast on a global event, they must make room for the historians. Such is the case with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine matter, now drawing academic commentary. And those analysts who think Mr. Putin pines to recreate the Russia of yore may be on to something.
Brinkmanship, blinkmanship and partisan cliffhangers have prompted dire speculations that the United States is going down, with its best days in the past — you know, just like Rome.
"The analogy with the late Roman republic is striking but, fortunately, we're not nearly that bad," Mr. Strauss says.
From the peaceful perspective of today's United States or Western Europe that seems totally out of place, if not mad," Mr. Strauss explains. "Yet it remains to be seen if Putin will pay much of a price for his actions. Until and unless he meets more resistance than he has so far, he is unlikely to stop."