Stipulating that nothing is certain, it’s always seemed rather plausible if not outright obvious that Vladimir Putin prefers Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton. There’s the mutual praise, the Manafort connections and the shared vision. The mere fact that a major …
Trump, Putin, and the GOP
One of the most remarkable things about the convention last night was that Governor Christie went after Hillary on Russia and Putin. I will quote him:
. . . she said our goal was to strengthen Russia.
Strengthen an adversary led by a …
Winter Is Coming — If We Let It
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are involved in something of a bromance. Putin has praised Trump; Trump has praised him back. “I’ve always felt fine about Putin,” says Trump. No doubt. That is one statement out of Trump you …
Russian Propaganda Mysteriously Stalls a Human-Rights Act in Congress
The Kremlin has a long reach. Late last month, it reached right into the halls of Congress.
In December 2012, President Obama signed into law the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which gives the federal government the ability to …
Vladimir Putin’s Big Short
The Big Short is a movie about some daring hedge-fund managers who bet on the collapse of the subprime-mortgage market in 2008 and made a fortune as a result. Vladimir Putin is making a similar “big short” by betting on the …
What Is Motivating Putin to Withdraw Russian Forces from Syria?
Vladimir Putin is withdrawing Russian military forces from Syria. At least, that’s the spin. What Putin is actually doing is withdrawing some of his forces — bomber-aircraft squadrons, for example — while retaining his military infrastructure (air bases, port …
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 …
Trump Defends Putin over Assassinating Journalists
Donald Trump, who last night said it’s a “great honor” that Russia’s Vladimir Putin called him “talented,” this morning defended the Russian strongman over his record of murdering journalists.
Appearing on Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski asked Trump if he liked …
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 …
Dictatorships and Trump Standards
During the Republican primaries, Putin praised Trump, and Trump praised him back. On television, Joe Scarborough pointed out to Trump that Putin kills his political opponents, invades other countries, etc.
Trump said, “He’s running his country and at least …
Deploying Troops to Eastern Europe, NATO Sends Russia the Right Message
‘The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War,” President Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment …
Did Britain Fall into Putin’s Trap in Prosecuting a Russian Dissident?
Vladimir Bukovsky’s name, like that of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov, is synonymous with an almost unimaginable bravery and resilience in the face of Soviet totalitarianism. Born in 1942, Bukovsky was a founder of the dissident movement of the 1960s …
A Trump Administration Would Cave to Putin, Threatening Poland and Israel
As the New York primary approaches, Empire State residents with international connections may wish to consider the implications of a Donald Trump presidency for lands overseas that are dear to many of their hearts.
Trump wants to gut NATO. He …
Trump: The Kremlin’s Candidate
Donald Trump has denounced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as being “obsolete,” and has called for sharply reducing U.S. commitments to the alliance that has been the bulwark of American security since World War II. While Trump’s apologists …
Putin’s Syria Red-Line Strategy
‘I saw a stone cold killer.” That’s former Defense secretary Robert Gates, on looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes.
The histories of the Syrian civil war will record an abundance of bloody red lines. History will recall how Assad …
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 …
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 …
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), …