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Putin’s Apologists

I had no idea such a ridiculous movement of Russian apologists had reformed, but I suppose Vladimir Putin has his “useful idiots” as much as Stalin or Lenin did. Here’s the commentary by Bret Stephens. Russia is a big country. In case you didn’t know. A flight from New York to St. Petersburg will cover […]

Good solutions to Russia which Obama won’t do.

Steve LeVine from has one interesting suggestion for combating Russia’s thuggery. As of now, Putin is profiting from his invasion. That is because oil prices are up on the risk of a supply disruption. This enriches the Russian state budget, half of which is supported from oil and gas exports. But economist Philip Verleger notes that prices can go […]

So much for the “global test.”

Here’s another good take on Obama’s mishandling of Syria, this one from Bret Stephens: So much for John Kerry‘s “global test,” circa 2004. So much for Barack Obama slamming the Bush administration for dismissing “European reservations about the wisdom and necessity of the Iraq war,” circa 2007. So much for belittling foreign leaders who side […]

Oh those distractions!

Mark Steyn, funny as usual: Tom Blumer of Newsbusters notes that in the last 30 days there have been some 2,500 stories featuring Obama and “distractions,” as opposed to about 800 “distractions” for Bush in his entire second term. The sub-headline of the Reuters story suggests the unprecedented pace at which the mountain of distractions […]

Obama mulls!

[Washington Post] Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps. But many officials maintain that uncertainty about the intentions of the al-Shabab organization dictates a more patient, nonmilitary approach. Al-Shabab, whose […]

$650bn Tax on your exhales.

There’s a lot of talk of “energy independence” coming from the Obama administration. It’s a perennial red herring. Of it, Holman Jenkins stated earlier this week it was “a favorite of Tojo and Hitler, was debunked by Churchill, who reasoned that true energy security came from a diversity of suppliers, not the foolish pursuit of […]

Who knew?

CF-18s intercepted Russian plane before Obama visit News Staff As security officials worked to secure Ottawa on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit, Canadian fighter jets were scrambling to intercept a Russian bomber plane in the Arctic skies. That’s a huge story! I mean who knew that Canada had an air force! […]

Halloween Scare 1

Here’s Matthew Continetti: Barack Obama’s running mate, Joe the Gaffe Machine, recently predicted that an international crisis will occur sometime during a President Obama’s first year in office. What will it be? Trouble in Iraq? Tension between China and Taiwan? State collapse in North Korea? Crisis in the Straits of Hormuz? War in central Africa? […]

Comparing Axis

Arthur Herman makes an interesting point: To understand the nature of this challenge, consider that the distance between Baghdad and Tbilisi is barely 578 miles, less than the distance between New York City and Chicago. Iraq and Georgia, both of which have democratic governments, are sandwiched between Iran and Russia, two of the most authoritarian […]

More on Russian “liberation” and “peacekeeping.”

RUSTAVI, Georgia, Aug. 23 — Georgian civilians captured and recently freed by Russian and South Ossetian forces on Saturday described beatings, forced labor and miserable living conditions in prison. …The detainees, many of them elderly fruit farmers from villages along Georgia’s northern border, said male inmates were forced to clean streets and bury the war […]