He <spoke of> reluctance to send help to Messana <as> weakness.

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park sang joon

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Respecting its treaty with Carthage, Rome's Senate chose not to send help to Messana.
But one of Rome's two consuls was eager for action that would give him distinction. He spoke of reluctance to send help to Messana as weakness.

<Source: The First Punic War and a New Spirit for Empire http://www.fsmitha.com/h1/rome05.htm>
I'd like to know if "speak of A as B" is a set phrase.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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