Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ya See, The NYT Editorial Board's Judgment Isn't the Standard

Silly me, worrying that Putin will order his troops to invade eastern Ukraine!

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.

On balance, the negatives would seem to outweigh the positives, analysts said.

I'm just not convinced that (our) rationality is the way to judge Putin's decision-making process.