These words, uttered by a Soviet General during the Cold War, serve to remind us, in our frustration over the veto on Syria in the United Nations last week, that the Russians are really pretty good at checkmating us.
The tide does seem to have turned in the long war between Assad's forces and a motley, but increasingly potent, insurgency. What explains China and Russia's decision to back a regime that's begun to look like it's living on borrowed time?
Last weekend's double veto should have put a nail in the coffin of the idea that Russian opposition to UN Security Council action in Syria was about post-Libya fallout and the "Responsibility to Protect." The veto was about arms, allies and power. Nothing more, nothing less.