Tag: Putin

A Nixon-to-China Moment for Our Time, Squandered

 

It is a bipartisan article of faith within the American foreign affairs establishment that Vladimir Putin is our implacable foe, and that the Russia-China axis is a natural alliance of two powerful, like-minded despotisms set on global domination. This axiom, a toxic byproduct of our recent domestic political meltdown, is as unquestionable as it is wrongheaded and short-sighted.

In the American imagination, still laboring under a post-Cold War hangover, Russia looms large as a font of hostility, anti-Americanism and illiberal ideology. And indeed, there is little question that the Putin regime is authoritarian and hostile or indifferent to Western values like human rights, individual liberty, and law-bound, accountable government. There is also little question that Russia’s intelligence services have been spectacularly successful in exploiting our political divisions and sowing havoc and discord in our domestic politics. And, Putin continues to poke Uncle Sam in the eye, witness for example, Russia’s most recent meddling in Venezuela.

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My Fellow Americans, We Begin Bombing in 5 Minutes

 

The words absolutely scream from the printed pages and the computer screens: An Act of War.

It has come from both Democrats and Republicans, including members of the current Administration. But it is especially popular with those that are consumed with hatred for Donald Trump as they wish to paint him as a traitor to his country and unwilling to confront the Russians over their activities during the 2016 Presidential election cycle.

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We could end this silly probe with the testimony of one key witness. Actually, I think Putin would lie and say he did plot with Trump to get him elected. After all, the US Democrat Party is Russia’s best friend and ally, so getting rid of Trump would boost the Dems’ chances in 2020 and […]

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Hello there, HLC mavens! Welcome to the HLC podcast for January 15, 2019 (this is Todd Feinburg’s birthday week podcast) with your hosts, the aforementioned Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa the as yet to be mentioned west coast AI guy. We are here every week etc. etc. as you well know. This week, […]

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Is it Just Me?

 

When it comes to the still extant Russian collusion narrative, the left and the Legacy Media (I know, I know) claim as their most solid evidence the meeting between Don Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya (hereafter known as the lawyer, because I’m not spelling that again). I say that not only is the meeting not evidence of collusion, but that it is actually far more effective as evidence against collusion.

Stay with me here, because I’m pretty sure this makes sense…

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The Russian Georgia War My Experience Ten Years On…

 
Russian Looters in Georgia 2008

It was August and it was hot. I had just got a short-term missions team sent home and so I finally returned to my village in Eastern Georgia. We were getting ready to celebrate my son’s birthday on August 8th. The Olympics were about to be on and we were anxious to watch them. We heard some disturbing rumors even back on August 5th when one of the Georgians with us had his leave canceled and was recalled to his unit. The rumors were about serious threats on the border of South Ossetia and a breakaway region of Georgia, but that happened every summer. We were sorry for our soldier friend but weren’t really worried. The tensions had been growing for days and several members of the Georgian government were gone on vacation and many military personal were on leave and 2,000 of Georgia’s best soldiers were away fighting in Iraq for the United States. I didn’t seem like war was about to break out.

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Trump Is a Stooge of Putin

 

The Left has been calling Trump a traitor since his summit with Putin. It’s surprising they haven’t cited the abundance of evidence for this:

1. Energy: Putin depends heavily on energy exports. Trump has encouraged fracking, pipelines, and offshore drilling. These actions are increasing oil and gas production, which hurts Russia.

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Loose Cannons and Nuclear Buttons: Dealing with Russia

 

Every time I see “statesmen” foaming at the mouth about insufficient posturing against Russia, I go back to the basics. There are exactly two countries on this planet capable of reducing any country on the face of the earth to toxic, smoldering ruins in hours. These are the United States of America and the Russian Federation (the latest manifestation of the Russian empire).

President Trump has done an admirable job, like most presidents in the Atomic Age, of keeping the natural tensions between the two megadeath powers inside the safety limits. He has succeeded, so far, despite the worst efforts of his domestic enemies, who are more serious about destroying him than they are about national security.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies Leon Aron discusses the threat Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to six countries in Europe and Central Asia. Dr. Aron recently released a new collection of essays titled “To Have and to Hold: Putin’s Quest for Control in the Former Soviet Empire.” The essays […]

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Summer Scandal: Trump Tower Russia Meeting Revisited

 

September 5, 2017, Washington: Looking back at this summer’s scandal around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in his Trump Tower office, revelations have come so quickly that the editors are providing this recap for readers struggling to keep up.

Mid-July: When news of the meeting first broke, we reported that it was just between Mr. Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and the lawyer. But soon Washington was rocked by the news that an interpreter, a show-business agent for Russian pop star Emin, and a representative of a family worried about Russian adoptions were present too. In Georgetown salons everyone asked, what shoe would drop next? The next day, Congresswoman Maxine Waters demanded the President’s impeachment.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads in disgust as a straight Obamacare repeal appears doomed in the Senate, due to opposition from multiple Republican senators who voted for the very same bill two years ago – when they knew it would be vetoed. They also react to […]

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Tony Katz on #CNNBlackmail

 

Tony KatzTony Katz joins us on Whiskey Politics to discuss CNN’s downfall from a credible news source to laughing-stock including the trending #CNNBlackmail. We also discuss North Korea, Putin, and why Generation Z may just be conservative.

Tony is a radio host, author, and political and cultural commentator. He hosts both the popular Tony Katz and the Morning News and Tony Katz Today on WIBC in Indianapolis which is listened to across the country. He also hosted The Tony Katz Show on KFTK in St. Louis. Tony’s been featured at TownHall.com, ChristianPost.com, The Daily Caller, and is a Ricochet Contributor. He has also been seen on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, and radio stations around the country. Tony can be heard live at Tony Katz Radio and on Twitter and Facebook.

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Surprisingly, the four-part Showtime series The Putin Interviews with famed Chavez supporting socialist Director Oliver Stone is well worth watching. Initially, I felt Oliver Stone’s work does not deserve 4 hours of my life. Platoon, Wall Street and arguably, The Doors were maybe his best work, all of which are at least 25 years old. […]

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and AEI’s Leon Aron discuss the threat Vladimir Putin’s regime poses to Western countries and institutions, particularly the United States. Rep. Smith argues that the US must deter Russia by providing Ukraine with more military assistance and forward-deploying troops in the Baltic States. Dr. Aron and […]

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Welcome to another special European edition – this is getting to be habit-forming, isn’t it? – of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. It’s the “Plot to Scapegoat Trump” edition of the show with our European Co-host (complete with Irish accent) William Campbell. On William’s forthcoming “Challenging Opinions” podcast he interviews writer Daniel Kovalik whose […]

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The writings of a Ricochet contributor potentially have wide applications. Gary Kasparov has had close ties to World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. He had extensive training sessions with Kasparov in 2009 and they have talked extensively since then. Magnus met with Russian leader Putin after he defended his title in Moscow in 2014. He held press conferences […]

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From an Anonymous Source

 

With the news breaking of the execution of several Chinese nationals who worked for the CIA, I wanted to find out a bit more. Just how badly compromised was our intelligence network? Yes, it has been a few years since the executions that occurred between 2010 and 2012, but a roll up of a spy network like that can hurt intelligence gathering and operations for decades. It can lead to some very bad surprises for a country like the United States.

I made contact with some of my sources in the intelligence community. Most agreed that it was both bad and embarrassing. The predictions and damage assessments I was hearing had a very wide range, and I decided that it was worth the risk of contacting a source who is a bit higher up and in the know on these things.

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Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner:  I invited a writer and thinker who is influencing me more and more after I heard him on the Eric Metaxas Show. Dr. John Zmirak is a writer for The Stream and he was a great guest to talk to about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. https://jeromedanner.net/2017/04/15/episode-32-jzmirak-of-streamdotorg-on-trumps-first-100-days-john-zmirak-of-the-stream/ More

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Briefly stated, the Russians have the right to attempt to influence our elections, our political systems, our leaders, etc. It is incumbent on us to avoid being influenced if we wish to not be influenced. Yes, it is illegal to “hack” an election as there are laws against that for anybody in America. However, I […]

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