April 27, 2014
HE'S ALL IN WITH A JUMP STRAIGHT:
For Russia, Negatives Seem to Outweigh Positives of an Invasion (NEIL MacFARQUHAR, APRIL 26, 2014, NY Times)
Yet the reasons for Mr. Putin to refrain from further military adventurism make a longer, more tangled list: the cost of a huge occupation force and the responsibility for the welfare of millions more people; the effect of new, more severe Western sanctions on an already weak economy; the possibility of significant Russian casualties caused by an insurgency in eastern Ukraine; a new, implacably anti-Russian western section of Ukraine; and likely pariah status internationally.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2014 1:21 PM