MOSCOW You could call it a Teddy Roosevelt moment: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered an extemporaneous adage Tuesday that sounded a whole lot like a twist on "big stick" diplomacy.
You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness, Putin said, according to several Russian news outlets.
You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC
Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.