Europe

U.S. and Russia Must Find Exit to Ukraine Impasse

Obama has no plausible strategy to reverse Putin’s policy toward Ukraine. While sanctions may be hurting Russia in the short term, the longer the crisis persists, the greater the financial drain Ukraine will be for America and Europe. Everyone is losing.

When Liberty Knocked Down the Berlin Wall

We should celebrate a quarter century after the collapse of communism.  The events of 1989 represent a massive increase in liberty, a fantastic triumph of the human spirit.  With so little bloodshed everyday people ousted a gaggle of tyrannies.  They have given hope for future generations, and themselves, that freedom can emerge against seemingly impossible odds.

Instead of Reassuring Europeans, President Should Tell Them to Defend Themselves

President Obama should stop reassuring other nations that they can remain permanent welfare dependents of the U.S.  He should start reassuring the American people that he will put their interests before those of countries reluctant to help themselves.

Is the U.S. Ready to Engage in More Warfare?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org

If we severely sanction Russia, she could cut off oil and gas to Europe, cause a recession in the eurozone, and move closer to China. What our Greatest Generation presidents accomplished, our Baby Boomer presidents appear to have booted away.

Ukraine: Time for Europeans To Take Over Europe’s Defense

Putin is wrong, dangerously wrong.  But how to punish Moscow?  America’s direct stake in the controversy between Russia and Ukraine is essentially nil.

Is Putin's Invasion of Ukraine All About Oil?

The oil and gas producing region of the Dnieper-Donets basin in Ukraine happens to coincide with the eastern region of the country that has a substantial Russian-speaking population. If the central government of Ukraine uses force against the Russian-speaking protesters occupying government buildings there Putin will have the excuse he needs to gain control of one of the few major oil producing areas of Europe not already inside Russia’s borders.

Finding a Way Back From the Brink in Ukraine

The only thing worse than a completely unnecessary conflict in Ukraine would be a completely unnecessary conflict involving America. Even in the worst case the U.S. has no cause for military intervention.  Who controls the Crimea ain’t worth a possible nuclear confrontation.

Germany Lurches Left: Politicians Sacrifice German Liberty and Germany’s Future

Europe’s largest economy “is running out of puff” with slow labor productivity, falling investment, and minimal reforms since the start of the Euro crisis in large measure because, “Merkel and company parceled out other people’s money with a friendly smile.”

Can Europe Help Curb NSA Spying?

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) asked the European Parliament to work with the US on finding a balance between liberty and security. He said this would require curbs to the NSA's surveillance programs.

Snowden's Inconvenient Spy Truth

David Keene, The Washington Times

Although many Americans continue to regard Edward Snowden as a traitor, he is seen increasingly by many Europeans as a whistleblowing hero, and for Russia’s Putin, he is the gift that keeps on giving.

Time to Tell Saudi Arabia to Pound Sand

American policy should be designed to serve the interests of Americans. Alliances should be a means to advance U.S. security, not a measure of international popularity a bit like accumulating “friends” on Facebook.