Vladimir Putin and The Return of The Czars

    Andrej Illiaronov, Putin’s economic adviser between 2000 and 2005 and now senior member of the Cato Institute think tank, said that “parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland are states where Putin claims to have ownership. Putin’s view is that he protects what belongs to him and his predecessors,” International Business Times So Czar Vladimir has started chopping off pieces of the | Read More »

    McConnell Prepared to Cut Backroom Deal on IMF Bailout

    McConnell Prepared to Cut Backroom Deal on IMF Bailout

    Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill to authorize loan guarantees for Ukraine, similar to the bill that passed the House last week.  The loan guarantee bill doesn’t directly increase spending; rather it adds Ukraine to the list of countries eligible for Economic Support Fund (ESF) grants.  ESF grants have already been appropriated and are used as “walking around cash” for the State | Read More »

    Crimea, Ukraine and the Agony of Impotence

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently compared actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in 1938 in Czechoslovakia. Although this is hyperbole bordering on veritable absurdity, there are similarities that may explain the roots of the current conflict. In both instances the seeds of despair were planted about twenty years earlier by reckless politicians who drew maps of new countries with flagrant disregard to people’s culture, religion and language. In Germany they were driven by revenge and in the Crimea by expediency.

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    Crimea, Ukraine and the Agony of Impotence

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently compared actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in 1938 in Czechoslovakia. Although this is hyperbole bordering on veritable absurdity, there are similarities that may explain the roots of the current conflict. In both instances the seeds of despair were planted about twenty years earlier by reckless politicians who drew maps of new countries with flagrant disregard to people’s culture, religion and language. In Germany they were driven by revenge and in the Crimea by expediency.

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    The U.S., Russia, and Ukraine: Why it matters and why we won’t do a thing.

    Russia is on the move, and there are no signs that Putin intends to slow down. The happenings in Crimea have all the signs of a full scale invasion. The long and storied history of the region shows that it has been tossed back in forth between various regimes seeking to establish or hold on to their power. Whether it’s Ottomans and Tsars fighting over religion, or Nazis and Communists fighting over who can kill people and economies better, people have been fighting over Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula for a very long time.

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    How Long Untill Rep. Adam Kinzinger Backs Bombing Russia/Ukraine

    Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger is quickly becoming a textbook diffinition of an interventionist. Just a few months ago congressman Kinzinger was calling for the US military, of which he is a member, to start bombing targets inside of Iraq because predictably Al Qaeda terrorist had resurfaced there. Before that congressman Kinzinger was one of the leading voices calling for the US to bomb the | Read More »

    What Do We Do About Ukraine?

    There is obviously much outrage about the Russian occupation of Crimea, a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine. There has been widespread condemnation among western nations for Russia’s “invasion.” However, the United States has a credibility problem when it seeks to condemn the Russian invasion, as the U.S. has been no stranger to invading foreign nations which are further away and less of a national security interest | Read More »

    Hey,Obama!! How’s That Russian “Reset” Doing Now?

    How quickly we forget then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and that goofy laugh as she and her Russian counterpart pressed a mock button “resetting” US-Russian relations.  How soon we forget the then-laughed off comments by Sarah Palin about Russian ambitions with an eye on the Ukraine.  How soon we forget the Romney-Obama debate with Obama asserting the “the 80′s called and wants their foreign | Read More »

    Marxist Theory and Communist Reality Come Face to Face in Ukraine

    A Marxist theorist and Communist realist are head to head in the battle for the once Soviet controlled Ukraine. When this is over, one leader will triumph, another skulk away. The differences between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama and their ability to lead will be more blatantly obvious as this crisis wears on. With Russian troops reportedly in Crimea, Obama has once again and laughingly | Read More »

    Quelle Surprise! Five years of Barack Obama undermining American influence in the world…

    The American military is the most powerful in the world. Indeed, we spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined. As one might expect, that amount of military spending translates into a lot of influence around the world, far beyond the bases in Germany or the battlefields of Afghanistan. From leading NATO to acting as the last – and in reality the | Read More »

    I’m with Stupid

    http://www.mlgoodell.webs.com The bad news for the Obama Administration is the Obamacare rollout is every bit the train wreck Max Baucus said it would be. The good news is nobody knows about it, except for the millions who have lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare reforms. Everyone else is distracted by the Republican-led government shutdown. The GOP  has thrown away a tremendous political advantage. Coming after | Read More »

    Russia Worried About U.S. Government Shutdown

    “The Elephants Are Robbing The U.S. Government”, read the headline of today’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta, a state-run daily newspaper circulated in 41 Russian cities. The headline, a jab at House Republicans, shows the level of interest that the current budget countdown is attracting in Russia and around the world. Many Russians are worried about the economic shockwaves of a government shutdown as the financial effects of | Read More »

    PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED, Or What A Difference 1 Year Doesn’t Make

      Leadership is not about talking but about action. We honored the fallen of 9-11-2001 this week. On this day 12 years later we know the world is equally unstable, even more dangerous, requiring superior US leadership. We have been following the events of the past week’s call to action against Syria by Barack Hussein Obama, President USA,  for reported use of chemical weapons in violation | Read More »

    Georgia on my mind…

    The U.S. has been left reeling by an op-ed that appeared in the New York Times, and a lot of the focus has been on Putin’s thoughts on American exceptionalism… And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage | Read More »

    Georgia on my mind…

    The U.S. has been left reeling by an op-ed that appeared in the New York Times, and a lot of the focus has been on Putin’s thoughts on American exceptionalism… And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage | Read More »