Don’t Trust Putin in the Mideast
Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to “help” monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots …
Why We Shouldn’t Intervene in Syria
The Vacuum, that is. That’s the Beltway fairy tale about how Syria was teeming with secular-democratic Muslim moderates ready and willing not only to topple the barbarous Bashar al-Assad regime but simultaneously to rout al-Qaeda. They …
Making the Domestic Energy Boom Work for America and Its Allies
The energy revolution can be harnessed not only to fuel dramatic economic growth, but also as a powerful geostrategic force multiplier to strengthen our own national security. The advantage of seizing this opportunity can be seen most clearly with respect …
But, But, This is the 21st Century….
Osama bin Laden:
“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”
“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
BEIRUT – The Syrian Kurdish …
Putin Orders U.S. Out of Syrian Airspace, Starts Bombing
Via the Daily Beast:
A Russian general asked the U.S. to remove its planes from Syrian airspace Wednesday, just hours before Russian airstrikes began. In Moscow, lawmakers had earlier approved Vladimir Putin’s request to use armed forces abroad. . . .
Putin Is Expanding His Power in the Middle East — We Must Counter Him
Ever since then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced a “reset” of relations with Russia in 2009, the consequences of six years of failed U.S. policy toward Russia have played out in the annexation of Crimea and the battlefields of …
Will Putin’s Middle East Gambit Succeed?
Once again, President Obama and his foreign-policy team are stumped. Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weaponry into Syria? After all, as Secretary of State John Kerry has thrice told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, it is only making …
Blown Cover: Russia and China Exposing U.S. Spies through Cyberattacks
Russian and Chinese intelligence officials are using data obtained through recent cyberhacks to identify undercover American spies.
“At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has …
What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought
On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
#ad#The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither …
Estonian Intelligence Officer Kidnapped by Russia Now Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for ‘Espionage’
Eston Kohver, the Estonian intelligence officer dragged into Russia a day or so after Barack Obama’s visit to the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and then jailed in Moscow, has now been sentenced to 15 years for, in a Kafkaesque touch, illegally …
The Irony of Obama’s Declaration of Russian Weakness
On Friday, as Russian bombs reportedly fell on American-allied Syrian rebels, President Obama declared that Russia’s military move into Syria was a sign of weakness:
Now, last point I just want to make about this because, you know, sometimes the …
The Coming Defeat of NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, established in 1949, has 28 members devoted to the idea of collective security. Prediction: By the time President Obama leaves office in 2017, the NATO pledge of mutual defense in response to aggression will have been exposed as …
Putin’s Air Strikes in Syria Are Merely the Latest Example of the Obama Doctrine’s Failure
If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, by this time next week you should expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister …
In Syria, Russia and Iran Reap the Harvest of Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy
The situation in Syria could hardly get more desperate. With more than half the population displaced and 300,000 people dead, the civil war in Syria is the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. But Syria is also a profound challenge to …
How Russia Positioned Itself as the Middle East’s New Power Broker
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is adapted from one that ran in the October 5, 2015, issue of National Review.
As a staging ground for great-power rivalries, the Syrian civil war bears a startling similarity to the Spanish civil war that …
Stalin’s Daughter, Her Own Woman
Editor’s Note: This piece appeared in the September 21 issue of National Review. Jay Nordlinger’s new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, is published tomorrow.
Svetlana Stalin merits a little space in …
What passes for a US administration is now having to face the prospect of increased Russian support for Assad, long a Moscow client.
The New York Times:
…A Russian troop transport plane, probably an Ilyushin model, also landed at the …
Defense Secretary Carter: Russia and ISIS Are Greatest Threats to U.S. Security
In an appearance before troops at Camp Pendleton on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter dubbed Russia and ISIS the two greatest threats to American national security.
Carter mentioned “the ugly phenomenon” that is ISIS in his response to a …
The Fate of Eston Kohver Shows Putin’s Contempt for Obama
The appeasement of Iran in respect of its nuclear development is so likely to be the prelude to future violence that other danger-spots are overlooked. Vladimir Putin’s imperialist Russia is bearing down on Estonia, formerly occupied by Communist Russia …
The 1980s Called: They Want Their American Military Back
Among the many lowlights of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign was his retort to Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was re-emerging as America’s foremost geopolitical rival. Who can forget his debate quip, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their …