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America’s enthusiasm for NATO expansion has become a deadly obsession. 

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I was something more than surprised last week when I read The Two Blunders that Caused the Ukraine War, a “Weekend Interview” with Robert Service in The Wall Street Journal. An emeritus professor of Oxford University, Service is a distinguished historian of twentieth-century Russia, author of biographies of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky. The first blunder, Service said, was an act of “shambolic mismanagement” by the West: the November 10 signing of a Charter on Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United States, which reasserted America’s support for Kyiv’s intention to pursue membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “Nothing was