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Ukraine has said No to Russia’s invasion, decisively.  So prepare now for a long campaign to admit the nation to NATO. But gather a Team B to study the path to war.

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I have lived with the possibility of war in Ukraine for a long time, first as a newspaper columnist, then as a news-letter writer (and a long-ago war correspondent). I wrote against further NATO enlargement soon after Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary were admitted – gingerly at first, more firmly once I began covering the Harvard-Russia scandal in the mid-90s. Boris Yeltsin’s selection of Vladimir Putin to be his successor didn’t seem surprising. Unlike Hillary Clinton, I was not shocked when, in 2012, Putin took back the helm from Dimitri Medvedev. Putin wasn’t a tsar, but by then he was steering