Remember Crimea? The Grim Reality of Russian Rule
What ever happened to Crimea? In the year since the peninsula voted to leave Ukraine and become the Russian Federation’s newest holding, Western attention has shifted away from it toward eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists continue to wage an …
I have no real idea where Putin is or what his ‘disappearance’ means (and, indeed, by the time this gets posted he may have already allowed himself to be seen), but the fact that the Russian leader has been out …
Senate Dem: The West Is Afraid to ‘Provoke Putin’
President Obama needs to rethink his unwillingness to provide Ukrainian military forces with lethal weapons to fight Russia, according to a Senate Democrat who scoffed at political leaders who fear “provok[ing] Putin.”
“I think that was his initial assessment,” …
Why Russia’s Recent Aggression Really Is Our Problem
The Thursday Morning Jolt features all kinds of ominous news in Eastern Europe, Rand Paul getting a warm reception before an unexpected audience, and then this:
Why Is This Our Problem?
I’m going to take the isolationists and noninterventionists …
After Denouncing Putin in Classroom, Obama Heads to Fundraisers
The following is from ABC News… and seems like the sort of thing the media might have given the White House a pass over, a few years ago:
This is awful, awful advance work on the part of the White …
Relax, Everybody! Obama, Kerry, Putin, and Assad Say Syria’s Fixed!
The first Morning Jolt of the week features revelations that the U.S. State Department’s management is even worse than you thought, some questions on who really is influential on the right, criticism of Michelle Obama’s “Drink water!” plan, and, …
Biden Transmits Our Good Relationship With Russians to NYU
From Mike Allen’s morning newsletter:
Obama campaign releases excerpts of Vice President Biden foreign-policy speech, at New York University at 10:30 a.m., fifth in the V.P.’s series of speeches framing the race: “If you are looking for …
Obama to Putin: Wait Until After My Reelection!
Vladimir Putin is getting assurances about policies to come in Obama’s second term. Are you?
In particular, President Obama appears to be assuring the Russians that if he is reelected, he may be more flexible in negotiating missile defense …
How the Next President Should Deal with Russia
Usually, domestic issues are front-and-center in presidential campaigns. Not so this year. From Islamist terror in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to the growing Iranian nuclear threat, foreign and national-security policy is the hot topic among White House aspirants.
A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.
An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told …
This Administration Thinks It’s Handling Putin Well
Another piece of evidence to support the theory that this administration thinks it’s doing a terrific job, on every front, all the time:
Remember not long ago when some folks in DC were almost in awe of Putin’s moxy and …
Administration Sources to John Kerry:
From the final Morning Jolt of the week:
Administration Sources to John Kerry: Give It Up, Man.
When something like this ends up on the front page of the Washington Post, it’s a sign somebody is trying to send …
Give It Up, Man.
Putin Redraws Russian Borders; Obama Unveils Bracket Picks
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Perhaps Obama Will Play the Fiddle at Tonight’s Democratic Fundraisers
Today’s Headlines, from Moscow#…#
In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia’s borders Tuesday by …
No One Could Have Predicted This! Except Tom Clancy Did.
From the Tuesday Morning Jolt:
The Chaos in Crimea Continues
Hey, guess what Barack Obama was doing back in August of 2005, as Larry O’Connor discovered?
DONETSK, Ukraine – U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL) called for …
‘Obama Has Sided With Putin Against Congress.’
How can Medvedev transmit that Obama will be “more flexible” after the election when the president is already doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding with Congress? Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl on the “Magnitsky bill” — a piece of …
Democrats Approvingly Cite Medvedev to Bash Romney
est assured, Americans! ussian President Dimitri Medvedev assures you have nothing to fear from Obama’s post-reelection flexibility, and you should ignore any carping from the capitalist running dog they call omney!
“I recommend that all US presidential candidates, …