When speaking of government actions, Einstein's alleged definition of insanity comes to mind. But no one does exactly the same thing twice, per Heraclitus. In the end, however, government action is doomed for failure.
The former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu not only arrested and murdered political opponents but also misdirected vast sums of money toward socialist schemes that failed, leaving Romanians even worse off.
At the urging of the United States, Germany and other European governments have levied sanctions against Russia. In reality, these governments have levied sanctions against themselves and their citizens.