The Upside of Putin’s Delusions

Source: Cato Institute
by John Mueller

“When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had ordered a ‘special military operation’ against Ukraine on February 24, Europe had been substantially free of international war for nearly 80 years. That is likely the longest the once most warlike of continents has gone without such a war at least since the days of the Roman Empire. … five months into the current phase of the war in Ukraine, it seems more likely that Putin’s venture will reinforce and revitalize the aversion to and disdain for international war. The key objective is not so much about winning as making sure that the country that started the war is far worse off than if it had not done so. That has already been substantially achieved.” (08/03/22)