1984 All Over Again
When the Soviet Union was rearing its ugly head for decades in the Cold War, America took two approaches. Liberals and pacifists wanted to appease the beast and to make ‘détente’, an appropriately French word for accommodation with an enemy. Others, mostly in the Republican party but also including hawkish Democrats, sought to get tough with the beast and to confront it and defeat it | Read More »
Behold The Bear
Power is being consolidated in Russia, with the presidential term being extended from four years to six. And perhaps, all of this is just in time for Vladimir Putin to make his return as president of Russia–with the presidency regaining the powers it had under Putin, of course (much of those powers now reside with the prime minister who–guess what!–is Putin). You know, now would | Read More »
Observations from the Cheap Seats
Clinton Re-dux – Apparently, “change” is a six-letter word for “Clinton.” Who’da thunk? Know the name John Maynard Keynes? You will learn it soon enough. Obama’s current recipe for the economy — the largest Keynesian infusion of government spending in history. Balanced budget in 4 years? Hah!! GOP senators are vertabrates after all!! We need a domestic car industry, but unconditional handouts are ill-advised and | Read More »
Russia Invited To Iceland’s Airbase
In the wake of the election, I took the view that the international scene would be the dominant factor in the immediate future – as various bad actors moved to exploit perceived weak leadership over here. I figured that “Russia won’t be the worst, but they’ll be first” – since the Russians are in a hurry for their own reasons. But things are moving much | Read More »
I Blame “Global Warming” (The Ultimate RedHot)
Ojmjakon -51 °F / -46 °C 69% 31.03 in / 1051 hPa Smoke Calm 11:00 AM MAGT I blame “global warming”….
“EU-Russia Summit Calls For Halt Of U.S. Missile Defense Program”
Well, the “fun” continues: [EU-Russia Summit Calls For Halt Of U.S. Missile Defense Program](http://www.quote.com/news/story.action?id=RTT811141248002181) The Russians are clearly energized and pushy – due to the recent election of the Veal-Calf-in-Chief. And they’ve clearly got the weak old-Europe countries on the run. This is nightmare scenario that’s been around for some time – and one that I got earfuls about when I was in eastern Europe | Read More »
Russia’s In A Hurry – Here’s Why (Minor Update)
(After some internal discussion, it was decided to front-page this diary. With that being the case, I can’t resist adding something else that had been deposited in the comments. In the same communication mentioned in the text, the same Estonian friend commented that “Russia trades between wealth and wits. When they have wealth, they lose their wits. And vice-versa.” That seems about right.) On Tuesday | Read More »
US/Polish Alliance and the new “Cuban Missle Crisis”
It has become apparent that Russia, now growing strong on petrodollars and new trade with China, will antagonize the West over every issue it can. It started years ago with small trade disagreements with Poland and Germany. Moved to natural gas supplies with the Ukraine and Europe. Then we have the Russian/Georgian War of 2008. There is also Russia’s massive military sale going to Venezuela | Read More »
BREAKING: Obama aide contradicts Polish statement on defense commitment.
The only mitigating factor here is that the aide is contradicting the head of state, not the head of the Polish government. So there may be a retreat on this. If not… well. Obama denies Poland missile vow US President-elect Barack Obama has not given a commitment to go ahead with plans to build part of a US missile defence system in Poland, an aide | Read More »
Actually, Alex…. Russian Communists Endorse Palin/Jindal 2012!!
Actually, Alex, there’s a money-quote in there that we can literally take to the bank: All Republican presidents have always defended national interests…. Bank that quote for further use, as Russia becomes a major nuisance next year. If that’s what Russian communists think of Republican Presidents and non-think of Democratic Presidents, then I say, “Roll on progress.” Memo to the donks: All those “foreigners” (particularly | Read More »
The dawn of a new crisis
And so it begins. Within hours of the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, the world reacts. Not in unanimous jubilation. The enemies and potential enemies of America respond with threats. The friends of America respond with fear of wealth loss.
More Russian Rumblings – “The American Gorbachev” (Updated with link)
MOSCOW (AFP) – Barack Obama is the “American Gorbachev” who will ultimately destroy the US, Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Tuesday. Credited in the West for leading the former Soviet Union away from Cold War confrontation, Mikhail Gorbachev, now 77, is vilified by many at home for presiding over the collapse of the Soviet Union and ushering in harsh economic reforms. “Obama, he is the | Read More »
That Bear Woke Up Fast
Seriously.I wasn’t expecting that much movement so quick. Thoughts?
Well, That Didn’t Take Long – Russia Already Gearing Up
I mused in the coveritlive space last night that while the discussion was focusing on “domestic consequences”…. my main fear was that the most serious consequences would appear on the international stage. I also fingered Russia as being an actor likely to see what happened as a green light. Well, that sure didn’t take long: Russia to station missiles near PolandRussian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged | Read More »
Trumping Weekly World News – Obama Torched in…. Pravda
I was going to append this as a comment to Moe’s rib-tickler from-and-about the flip in the Weekly World News endorsement. But after a little thought (and more than a little coffee), this one actually merits a diary entry of its own. After the Soviet collapse (and the disappearance of its main “sponsor”), Pravda survived by devolving into a news source at the same level | Read More »