Russia

Syrian rebels reportedly break through in Aleppo

Featured image Syrian rebels say they have broken a weeks-long siege in Aleppo in northern Syria. Such a breakthrough would represent both a symbolic and a strategic victory against the Assad regime, Hezbollah, and their backers — Iran and Russia. The Assad regime denies that there has been a breakthrough. However, video and photos uploaded by rebels and opposition activists suggest that the rebels have at least temporarily broken through the siege. »

Putin’s infowar on America

Featured image Donald Trump induced some kind of a nervous breakdown in the Democrat/Media Complex last week with his invitation that Russia release its putative trove of deleted Clinton emails. The Democrats’ hysteria constituted an exercise in bad faith, the Media’s hysteria an exercise in servile stupidity. That’s just the way it is. They have moved on. They now seek to exploit Donald Trump’s refusal to abide by the first law of »

How HIllary helped U.S. investors fund Russian research for military uses

Featured image Russia has become a major issue in this year’s presidential campaign. It should have been a major issue in the last one, but President Obama countered Mitt Romney’s attempt to inject Russia into the debate with his sophomoric quip that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Whether it’s ISIS (aka “the jayvee”) or Russia, Obama sure knows how to spot trouble. This year, both »

The New York Times: Two conflicting editorials, one cynical motive

Featured image James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal captures the shameless partisanship of the New York Times in just a few sentences. The sentences come from editorials that appeared in 2012 and 2016 regarding the views of the Republican presidential candidates on Russia. Here is the New York Times on March 29, 2012: Two decades after the end of the cold war, Mitt Romney still considers Russia to be America’s ‘No. »

Obama doubles down on failed Russia and Syria policy

Featured image The list of President Obama’s foreign policy failures is long. Thanks in large part to Obama, Iran is rich (and still able to go nuclear at the time of its choosing); Libya is a failed state and significant base for ISIS; the butcher Assad remains in power, while ISIS controls wide swaths of territory in Syria; Russia’s influence in the Middle East and Eastern Europe hasn’t been stronger in decades; »

Analyze this

Featured image Struggling with adult onset ADD, as I like to think of it, I forgot to include this intriguing quote from Paul Gregory’s Forbes column on the recently discovered hacking of the DNC’s databases by perpetrators acting on behalf of the Russian authorities, according to the DNC. Gregory notes: “The DNC’s hired cyber security firm explains that ‘it is extremely difficult for a civilian organization to protect itself from a skilled »

Another diverting move

Featured image If you, like me, are looking for something completely different today, you may want to check out the second installment of Bill Kristol’s conversation with former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasaparov (video below, first installment here). In Bill’s second conversation with Kasparov, Kasparov reflects on Russia and the United States since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The conversation runs some 80 minutes; it is broken »

Putin proves a point

Featured image Scott wrote last week about the buzzing by Russian warplanes of the Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. So far, the Obama administration’s response apparently has been limited to complaining. That’s likely to be the extent of the response. Obama takes pride in forbearance when it comes to U.S. enemies and rivals (though not his own). As Scott put it, he “transcends concerns about national pride as »

Putin’s message

Featured image Vladimir Putin has a message for Barack Obama and the United States, a message he sent via Russian warplanes buzzing the Navy destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. Yesterday the Pentagon released video of the jets flying extremely close to the ship more than 30 times over the past two days. Military Times originally reported the story yesterday here. CBS News quotes the Obama administration calling the “simulated attack” »

A diverting move

Featured image If you, like me, are looking for something completely different, you may want to check out Bill Kristol’s just-released conversation with former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasaparov (video below). In the conversation Kasparov reflects on his upbringing in the old Soviet Union and his journey from questioning whether Communism could be reformed to his ultimate conviction that the Soviet Union had to go. Kasparov recalls his »

An axis of three or four?

Featured image Ryan Crocker was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq during the surge of 2007. Crocker’s diplomacy played a substantial role in the success of the surge. Only the president who ordered it and general who conceived and carried at out deserve more credit, in my opinion. A few days ago, Crocker spoke to a group at the Atlantic Council. C-SPAN covered the event. Crocker said that during his recent visit to »

If Putin is reading her email…

Featured image It is highly likely that Vladimir Putin’s minions obtained Hillary Clinton’s emails while they were hanging out there on her insecure private server. Even former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said so. (I’m sure the same applies to the intelligence services of other hostile states as well.) Well, so what? Paul Roderick Gregory addresses the question in an intensely interesting Forbes column. Gregory reviews the course of »

Does the “cessation of hostilities” in Syria provide Russia a win-win?

Featured image The U.S. and Russia have agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” Syria. The cessation won’t begin for about a week, but there supposedly will be immediate humanitarian access to desperately besieged areas of Syria. Before discussing this agreement, it’s worth looking at the current humanitarian, military, and political disaster in Syria, and to ask how it came about. The disaster currently is most clearly manifested in Aleppo, an ancient city »

Meanwhile in Syria

Featured image Who’s winning in Iowa? That’s the question of the moment. But it’s also pertinent to ask who’s winning in Syria. The answer is the very bad guys. Which very bad guys? It depends on the part of Syria in question. In the east, ISIS seems to be winning, happy talk from the administration notwithstanding. The Washington Post reports that ISIS is intensifying its siege against President Bashar al-Assad’s last stronghold »

U.S. foreign policy: from bad to worse in 2016?

Featured image 2015 was a bad foreign policy year for America. Our enemies in Tehran won a pathway to prosperity and additional regional influence without losing the ability to obtain nuclear weapons within 10 to 15 years, or sooner if they choose. Our enemy in Moscow enjoyed an enormous expansion of his influence in the Middle East and continues to menace U.S. allies in Europe. Our enemy in Damascus, propped up by »

Trump’s liberal, America-slandering meme

Featured image Donald Trump is a standard-issue liberal-leaning businessman who, having decided that his best chance for glory lies with the GOP, found a few hot button issues that appeal to conservatives. If you move beyond these issues and get him off-message, he reverts to the liberal notions and cliches that predominate among the rich and famous. His support of “affirmative action,” which led him to criticize Justice Scalia for asking about »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »