Has Vladimir Putin scored an “own-goal?”
As the old song goes, “you got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.” Vladimir Putin should have heeded that advice but as it often is with megalomaniacs they usually lack the self restraint needed to quit while they are ahead. While the West seemed content to let Putin carve Crimea out of Ukraine via a referendum that would have | Read More »
A second opinion on the Russian RT “second opinion”
Here in DC, there’s a propaganda campaign being run by RT, the Russian state-run ‘news’ channel that broadcasts in English. One poster, that I have to walk by every day going home from work, features a really nasty-looking caricature of Colin Powell at the UN Security Council, reminiscent of the worst of Nazi or Communist propaganda posters. It says “This is what happens when there | Read More »
Putin takes a slap at Obama in Estonia
Yesterday, Obama gave speech in Tallinn. It was the typical Obama speech: long on treacly rhetoric and short on substantive actions. In it he specifically told Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania that NATO would stand by them under Article 5, the article covering collective self defense, of the North Atlantic Treaty. That was Wednesday. Today Vladimir Putin sent his answer. As to be expected, he wasn’t | Read More »
Obama’s Talinn speech probably guarantees peace in our time
Yesterday in Talinn, Estonia gave a speech that he should have given months, if not years, ago. Addressing the people of Estonia – the NATO member most directly threatened by Russian expansionism — and, indirectly Vladimir Putin, Obama drew yet another of his infamous red lines: First, we will defend our NATO Allies, and that means every Ally. In this Alliance, there are no old | Read More »
The “We Have No Strategy” Strategy Has the Obama Team Confused
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by David Patterson to discuss the Obama Administration’s confused stance on ISIS, the mixed message of chief officials and the lame response to Putin.
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Russian conducts military exercises in disputed islands
One of the little know vestiges of World War II is back in the news. On August 8, 1945, two days after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and hours before Nagasaki was obliterated, the USSR declared war on Japan. When Operation August Storm was unleashed by a Red Army hardened by four years of war against Nazi Germany it rolled through the rotted | Read More »
When the Russians invade Ukraine, our response is…FAIL
Just when you think things might calm down in Ukraine, they heat right back up. Putin is sending an aid convoy into Donetsk. This might be a pretext for an invasion, and as usual, we are left flat-footed with no idea what Russia will do, and no response prepared if they do it.
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Don’t underestimate Vladimir Putin
One of the worst mistakes you make in life is underestimating your opponent. Too often we allow our adversaries to succeed because we disdain them, their beliefs, or their methods and fail to give the Devil his due. A prime example of this is evident in an op-ed in Politico by our former ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul titled Putin the (not so) Great. Vladimir | Read More »
Tech at Night: Russia is still on the move. Where is Snowden?
Edward Snowden’s Russian asylum is set to expire, but he’s going to try to stay there rather than come back to America, despite his stated willingness to serve his time.
Edward Snowden could show the courage that the women have shown, who quit their jobs with RT to expose Vladimir Putin’s lies for what they are. He has chosen not to. Why is that?
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Putin’s Potemkin rebellion in Ukraine
When Moscow’s tool, Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, was deposed by a popular uprising because of his policy of turning Ukraine into a Russian client state when the people wanted a closer association with the European Union, an insurgency developed in Eastern Ukraine. That region is economically depressed and heavily populated by ethnic Russians, these Russians saw an Anschluss with Russia as their best hope for | Read More »
US and EU impose new sanctions on Russia.
The smart set running what passes for diplomacy in US and the EU have released a new array of sanctions against Russia. These are a belated response to Russia’s fomenting a bloody civil war in Ukraine but in reality were only brought on by Russian armed, Russian trained, and Russian led ‘separatists’ shooting down a Malaysia Air passenger jet. In a press conference at the | Read More »
Hungary limps toward fascism
In a speech to his party’s faithful, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán seemed to signal a course that would not only make Hungary’s continued membership in the EU problematic but would result in a government that looked to Moscow for leadership rather than Brussels and one that would be ruled more in the model of fascism that Vladimir Putin has installed in Russia than as a | Read More »
Tech at Night: Just what are Snowden and Putin up to?
Last time in Tech at Night I linked to stories about Edward Snowden and Russia in suspicious and/or hostile positions with respect to the Online Privacy crowd that celebrates Snowden.
The hits just keep on coming though, so at this point we have to ask: Just what are Snowden and his paymaster Putin up to?
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Russian involvement in Ukraine deepens
In the week after a Russian built, Russian commanded, and probably Russian operated anti-aircraft missile knocked a Malaysia Air plane from the skies over Ukraine, Russia has shown no signs of letting the stigma of slaughtering innocents deter them from their mission of carving up Ukraine. In fact, they have doubled down. Russian military forces have fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine targeting Ukrainian military | Read More »
Malaysia Air MH-17: Vladimir Putin gets away with murder
It is certain that a Russian made anti-aircraft missile fired by Russian armed, trained, and commanded Ukrainian “separatists” shot down Malaysia Air flight MH-17 last week killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard. The only outstanding question is the degree to which this was a conscious act perpetrated by the Russian government under the leadership of Vladimir Putin. I say the only open question is | Read More »