Russia takes command of fight against ISIS in Syria
Russia has launched its first airstrikes against ISIS. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suddenly escalated the stakes in his contest with the West over influence in the Middle East on Wednesday, as Russian pilots carried out their first airstrikes in Syria. Russian warplanes dropped bombs near the central city of Homs, according to American officials in Washington, who spoke on the condition of anonymity | Read More »
Greece on the Brink of Default
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the Greek default on its IMF loans, the terrible unease of the Greek people and if Vladimir Putin could come to the rescue.
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Tech at Night: Weekend Update
Good post by Moe Lane on Edward Snowden and the Glenns Greenwald. Snowden is now outraged that NSA would target foreign (read: Russian) hackers. Gee, who’s paying his rent again?
Putin Signs Law to Shut Down “Undesirable” Organizations
I’ve spilled a good deal of digital ink here on RedState covering some of the worrying signs we’re seeing from Russia. The latest one is a law signed into effect by Vladimir Putin on Saturday that gives the Russian government the authority to shutter “undesirable” organizations. From an Associated Press report on the subject: President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors | Read More »
The Nation reverts to form
Last Friday marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day. It was a day marked by multiple commemorations across Europe. But the idiots at The Nation were not happy: Unfortunately, this opportunity has been squandered by President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other Western leaders who have refused to participate in the May 9 celebrations in Moscow. Rather than acknowledge and honor the Soviet | Read More »
The NYT Caught the Clintons in a Lie on Uranium
My colleagues Moe Lane and streiff have done a great job covering how the Clintons have sold us to Russia when it comes to uranium. However, we now know even more damning information on the story. Namely, that the Clintons lied to the New York Times about the negotiations for the deal with the Kazakhstani state owned nuclear company Kazatomprom. The Blaze has written an | Read More »
Bill Clinton sold us to the ChiComs; Hillary sold us to the Russians
I owe the Obama administration an apology. Since the early days of 2009, I’ve attributed our Russia policy to naivete. To that romance which those who sat at the feet of Old School commies feel for the Worker’s Paradise of the former USSR. Sure, there was garden variety incompetence and intellectual bankruptcy but when you staff you administration with academics that is baked in. And, | Read More »
Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Christian Whiton to discuss the U.S. relationship with Israel, how Obama’s foreign policy has failed and Putin’s itchy trigger finger.
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Know Who’s Pleased by Syriza’s Success in Greece? Vladimir Putin.
The success of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as Syriza, in the country’s parliamentary elections this past weekend is creating headaches for the European Union, but there’s at least one person in Europe who’s pleased with this development: Vladimir Putin. Russia’s Moscow Times minces no words with their headline “Greek Election Wins Putin a Friend in Europe“. The article is full of | Read More »
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 »