Vladimir Putin

The Russians Are Coming!

Featured image I’m actually on a train today—yes, a train in California—and so I can’t watch either the intelligence committee hearings or the Gorsuch nomination hearings. But I see that Paul is on the case, so we’ve got it covered. I can’t think the left and the media (but I repeat. . .) are happy to have both of these hearings going on simultaneously, because they commit fratricide against their outrage efforts. »

The Case For Russian Hacking

Featured image I wrote here, here and here about the Obama administration’s two reports that purport to show that the DNC’s email system was penetrated by Russian intelligence. (For reasons about which we can only speculate, they don’t talk about the intrusion into the email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta.) I concluded that those reports completely failed to make the case that the Russians were behind the DNC hack. »

Those Inscrutable Russians

Featured image As previously observed here and elsewhere, it makes no sense to think that Vladimir Putin actually favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton on the merits of policy. More likely Putin’s goons were merely celebrating—even as most Never Trumpers did—the schadenfreudtastic spectacle of Hillary losing, and the chaotic potential it might augur. Perhaps Putin thinks that an inexperienced American president is preferable to Clinton, but that seems a risk. On the »

Obama’s useful idiocy: A look back

Featured image In the closing hours of his second term, President Obama has emerged as a sort of anti-Russian Cold Warrior. He presents such a bizarre spectacle it’s enough to make one wonder whether something else is going on. Is the Emperor fully clothed? The mischievous Victor Davis Hanson says aloud: In its remaining days in power, the Obama administration suddenly punished Vladimir Putin’s Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. presidential »

Russian Hackery for Hacks [With Comment by John]

Featured image In case you missed it last Friday in the run-up to Christmas, Brian Kennedy of the American Strategy Group offered up an extremely lucid analysis of the complete absurdity of the thesis that Putin’s Russia hacked into our election process with the deliberate intent to help Donald Trump win. To be sure, Trump’s equivocal statements about Putin lend some superficial plausibility to this idea—if you’re six years old. Or a »

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 »

For Obama, trash talk is cheap

Featured image Given the number of times Vladimir Putin has rubbed President Obama’s face in it, one shouldn’t be surprised to see Obama talk trash about the Russia strong man. Today, at his press conference, the president claimed to have gotten the better of Putin in Syria — adding, with equal doses of condescension and chutzpah, that he takes no pleasure in it. According to Obama, Putin now finds himself in a »

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 »

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 »

Putin Endorses Trump

Featured image I wrote yesterday that the politician on the world stage who reminds me most of Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin. Some Trump fans howled at being compared with a Communist, or oligarch, or master thief, or whatever Putin is. (The point I made was that Putin, like Trump, is a populist who ran on a “Make Russia great again!” platform and whose crude macho shtick is beloved by his fans.) »

The Bear Pokes the Unbearable Obama

Featured image A totally unsurprising news item from Reuters this morning: U.S. Navy scrambled jets as Russian warplanes approached carrier WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan, U.S. military officials said on Thursday. The two Russian TU-145 “Bear” jets came as close as a nautical mile from the »

Putin: Obama Has “Mush For Brains”

Featured image Vladimir Putin once again showed his deep respect for Barack Obama, as he complained about the incompetence of U.S. policy in Syria: “Now, we often hear that our pilots are striking the wrong targets, not IS,” Putin said at an investment forum in Moscow explaining that Russia had asked Washington to provide a list of targets. But Washington declined. “‘No, we are not ready for this’ was the answer,” Putin »

It ain’t me, babe

Featured image Last night 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Obama conducted by Steve Kroft. The interview ran over two segments. Videos and transcript are posted here. In the first half of the interview Kroft asked about foreign policy. The questions were critical and the atmosphere was tense. Obama was not pleased. Obama yammered in his accustomed style. Kroft interrupted to note that he felt like he was being filibustered. Again, »

Putin to Obama: Kiss my…

Featured image It was the cover the New York Daily News that condensed President Ford’s denial of federal aid to New York City in the classic headline: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD. Somewhat more fairly, but equally concisely, today’s Daily News cover condenses the action at the United Nations yesterday between Presidents Obama and Putin. It’s a sort of PUTIN TO OBAMA moment. Cameron Joseph’s cover story is here. Like everyone else »

Trump vs. Putin?

Featured image As I watched Vladimir Putin run circles around Obama last night on 60 Minutes, I got to realizing why Donald Trump may be the only person who can match up to Putin. Trump is the only candidate who can match Putin’s macho, chick-magnet act. Here’s Trump, for example, with his prospective national security council: And here is the posse described as “Putin’s Army”: But can Trump match this hacktastic music »

Thomas Friedman’s misguided end-zone dance

Featured image Yesterday, I mentioned that Thomas Friedman is taunting Vladimir Putin for being exposed by the drop in oil prices as a “delusional thug” who, with oil tide receding, is now “swimming naked.” Friedman is also taunting conservatives for having been impressed by Putin’s successes, which is rich coming from a columnist who has long been in the tank for Communist China’s one-party rule. Not surprisingly, Friedman misses the point of »

Oh Yeah: Jimmy Fallon Nails Obama-Putin

Featured image Jimmy Fallon gets down on the Obama-Putin phone calls (about 3 minutes long): »