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By Tammy Bruce
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.
In years past, the Conservative Action Political Conference — CPAC — has proved a model of management and organization. Doubtless, it will again when the three-day event gets rolling. Ah, but it's an art too.
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.
"He is following the traditional, expansionist Russian policy of Peter the Great. From the peaceful perspective of today's United States or Western Europe that seems totally out of place, if not mad," Mr. Strauss explains.
"Putin may be brutal and dictatorial but he is pursuing what he sees as his nation's interest, that is, to re-establish Russian power in the area of the former Soviet Union, if not beyond," says Barry Strauss, a Cornell University history professor.