The comparison is spot on, with one qualification.
Contrary to the image of grandmaster he prefers, the Russian president more closely resembles a loudmouthed barroom player who slams pieces against the board.
President Truman was a lifelong student of history and wove its various lessons into his day-to-day decision-making.
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and a bipartisan group of top lawmakers are calling on the White House to quickly provide lethal aid to Ukraine to combat Russian efforts to destabilize the region.
Putin has called Europe's bluff over east Ukraine as Russia-backed separatists seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany.
The attack on Debaltseve by rebels loyal to the Russian president amounts to a test of the West's resolve to stand up to him - at the risk of an escalation of the conflict.
Pro-Russian Rebels Battling Ukrainian Forces Near the Russian Border Sought to Modify a New Truce DealMonday, 16 February 2015 15:18
Rebel commander Eduard Basurin told reporters that separatist fighters would not observe the truce in the key railway town of Debaltseve, where thousands of Ukraine troops are believed encircled by rebel fighters.
President Obama said that he would wait for the outcome of peace talks before deciding whether to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.
Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers during a private reception in Germany that he personally supports sending lethal aid to the Ukrainian military, even though President Barack Obama has yet to make a decision on whether to say yes to Ukraine’s arms request.
Obama and Merkel declared that Russian Aggression in Ukraine has only Reinforced the Unity of the U.S. and EuropeMonday, 09 February 2015 14:28
Still, Obama held open the prospect that if a new round of diplomacy this week fails, the U.S. could send Ukraine's beleaguered military defensive weaponry.
When she meets Obama, Merkel, who has led the European Union response to the Ukraine crisis, is expected to voice European worries that arming Ukraine's military will only escalate the bloodshed.
Ukrainian-Americans and friends of Ukraine from all over the world will call upon President Obama to act now to stop RussiaFriday, 06 February 2015 16:37
This march of solidarity for Ukraine will start at Lafayette Park and culminate at the Lincoln Memorial, where various ambassadors, government officials and other dignitaries will speak.