So reads the title of Tyler Rogoway’s latest, and quite excellent article in the War Zone. I’d add to it but Tyler covered it all quite well. See the link here to read the article in full.
The only thing Tyler didn’t mention, though he somewhat alluded to it, is the old adage that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Putin is reportedly an excellent strategist, and I would think he learned a great deal from the Soviet Union’s venture in Afghanistan, but his Ukrainian adventure is one massive miscalculation. Afghanistan is often referred to as the Soviet Union’s graveyard; Ukraine could easily be Putin’s personal graveyard.