“Machiavelli thinks that this sort of open-handed generosity and tameness is the key ingredient in modern versions of expansion and conquest.”

Thank goodness, Josef Dubashvilli (sp?) the Man of Steel did not read Machiavelli. Red Stars would still be flying over Central Europe. Putin, while not quite the intellectual equivalent of Stalin, may be a little more adroit at this – but let us hope he too fails to incorporate Nicci’s lessons concerning a gentle hand in order that his fledgling empire does not take root.