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If Putin is a latter-day Hitler then why did Russia pull back from Georgia in 2008 and is now reducing its military spending?

Americans portray Russia as a dangerous country, but its behavior is more consistent with that of a beleaguered regional power trying to fend off hostile intrusions from NATO, The American Conservative writes.
In 2008, Russian forces would have taken control of the oil and gas pipelines that cross Georgia. Instead, the Russians left those pipelines alone and quickly withdrew to the mountains.
If Putin is a rogue leader with expansionist objectives, why would he relinquish territory that Russian forces had occupied?
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