Something we have gotten very good at since the end of WWII. We didn't win the Korean war, we negotiated a settlement with the Chinese who have been using their half of Korea as a cats paw to annoy and threaten the west ever since.
Viet-Nam was won with a nice solid treaty threatening the North Vietnamese with the return of the B-52's if they crossed the border. This held up until the Dems took over the U.S. government and abandoned our former allies.
The Cold War was won when the U.S. began fighting it with our best weapon: money. Star Wars was a bunch of research projects that prompted the Russians to develop costly countermeasures, which bankrupted the Soviet Union. The Dems have been in mourning over that ever since as the USSR was one of their examples of how socialism could be made to work. When they took over the presidency in '92, no monies were allocated to helping the Russians become productive members of the world society, and we saw a return to power of the same people who had been running the USSR before, and who are now seemingly looking are reassembling the old empire.
The rest of the world, including the Russians, has learned from our success in the Cold war and has discovered that when properly placed, one can get a lot of mileage from a modest amount of money. Instead of spending on big, fancy military stuff, you simply spend modest (by comparison) sums on individual politicians.
Wretchard T. Cat sums this up nicely. Now we get to see how well this approach works.