To Counter Putin, More Spending and More Resolve
According to the New York Times, President Obama will seek a $2.9 billion spending increase for U.S. military operations in Europe. The money will be spent pre-positioning U.S. armored units in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression.
This is …
It cannot be said enough that one of the more important reasons that democracy has failed to thrive (to put it mildly) in post-Soviet Russia has been the unwillingness to confront the realities of Soviet history.
Which brings me to …
Russia Worries About Shock Economic Scenarios
On the eve of taking full power, Stalin derided his opponents as sailors whose boat drifted aimlessly with the current. Unlike Stalin, they did not known how to take control. Stalin would have the same criticism of President Vladimir Putin, …
The Real Significance of That Russian Nuclear Torpedo
On November 12, Russian president Vladimir Putin staged a televised meeting with his senior defense team, during which a briefing slide of a purported nuclear-tipped torpedo was displayed. As described then and subsequently in Russian commentary, the torpedo would have a …
Russia Has Serially Violated NATO Airspace: Time to Push Back
Russia has been playing a very dangerous game for over a year now, violating the airspace of NATO allies, holding large-scale military exercises in which the use of nuclear weapons are simulated by Russia against NATO, testing the responsiveness of …
Krauthammer’s Take: Turkey Also Shot Down Any Chance of a U.S.-Russia Alliance
In shooting down a Russian fighter jet that violated its airspace, Turkey also greatly diminished any chance the U.S. will accept Russian into its anti-ISIS coalition, Charles Krauthammer argued tonight.
Speaking of French President Francois Hollande’s visit today to …
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet, and the World Gets Even More Complex
And now a NATO partner has engaged in a direct military confrontation with Russia:
Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after NATO-member Turkey says the plane violated its airspace on the border with Syria, a major escalation in …
Krauthammer’s Take: If ISIS Downed Airliner, Russia Will Unleash ‘Furious Response’
Both Egypt and Russia are “deathly afraid” ISIS will be found culpable for downing Metrojet Flight 9268, but for very different reasons, Charles Krauthammer said tonight on Fox News’s Special Report.
“The Egyptians for two reasons,” Krauthammer explained. “Number one, they …
Rand Paul Is Right: Say No to a Syrian No-Fly Zone
Vladimir Putin’s decisive move into Syria has caused politicians on both sides of the aisle to scramble for a response. Republicans want to demonstrate strength, to show that they can stand up to Russia, while Hillary Clinton has to …
Writing in The Spectator, Owen Matthews looks at what Vladimir Putin is doing in Syria. The must-read piece makes tough reading for left and right, hawk and dove, Moscow and Washington. Here’s a key extract (my emphasis added):
The Kremlin’s Selective Counterterrorism
To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, his government is the proverbial tip of the spear in the global war on terror.
For months, Kremlin officials have taken great pains to style their intervention in Syria in grandiose terms — …
Who Is Murdering Russian Journalists?
There is powerful evidence that Vladimir Putin is guilty of the murder of journalists, but it is impossible to “prove” his guilt because there is no police force in Russia that will investigate him and no court where he can …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘To Buy off the Russians,’ Obama’s Selling out on Syria
The Obama Administration’s tendency to cede ground in international negotiations is “another reason why our allies are scared to death of the last year of this presidency,” Charles Krauthammer argued tonight.
Commenting on the administration withdrawing its position that Bashar …
NATO Invites Montenegro into the Alliance — and Russia Can Only Blame Itself
Russia just got Montenegro admitted to NATO. At the meeting of its foreign ministers on December 1, the NATO alliance agreed to extend an invitation of membership to a country with which it was at war in 1999.
The Montenegro government has …
On Tuesday two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber over Turkish territory.
Given the crowded skies over Syria these days, with American, French, British, Turkish, and now Russian planes all taking part in strikes against ISIS …
Turkey Downs Russian Jet, Putin Threatens Retaliation: What to Expect Next
Earlier today, a flight of Turkish Air Force F-16s shot down a Russian SU-24 strike aircraft. Turkey insists that it repeatedly warned the SU-24 crew to avoid Turkish sovereign airspace. According to Turkey and NATO (now holding emergency meetings), …
Russia’s Economic Stagnation
Since the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine in February 2014, Vladimir Putin has assured the Russian people that any resulting economic hardship would be short and mild. Even after energy prices slumped, sanctions were imposed, and the economy weakened, Putin optimistically …
Vienna Waits for the Mullahs
The Obama administration, and Reuters, have tried to put the best face on the October 28 invitation for Iran to join Syrian peace talks in Vienna. “Arch rivals Saudi Arabia, Iran to discuss Syria face-to-face for first time,” reads the Reuters …
U.S. Spox: ‘Too Much Energy Spent Trying to Cast Blame’ for Bombing of Passenger Jet
According to Dutch officials, a 15-month investigation has determined that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was destroyed by a Russian-made Buk antiaircraft missile, bolstering the notion that the plane was shot down by Russia-backed separatists or the Russian government itself. All 298 people …
How to Confront Vladimir Putin
From Sweden in the Baltic to Tartus in the Mediterranean, Russian forces are on the offensive. The consensus among U.S. officials not beholden to the White House is that Mitt Romney was right. Vladimir Putin’s Russia is the …