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In Ukraine, Echoes of Vietnam

      Beware of early enthusiasm for the fight

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(Aside from the lightning strike that day before yesterday took out EP’s office access to the web), the most interesting news around in August was the debut of a major series in The Washington Post about the beginnings of the war in Ukraine. Clearly it is intended to be an entry in next year’s contest for a Pulitzer Prize. The first installment, “Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion,” was a ten-thousand-word blockbuster. The second, “Russia’s spies misread Ukraine and misled Kremlin as war loomed,” ran another  six thousand words. The third, “Battle