Russia

Trump attacks Russia 'witch hunt' but not new hunter Mueller

Sarah Westwood and W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

The appointment of a special counsel comes with big risks for Trump and takes the investigation out of his chain of command. But it also benefits the president by undermining calls for impeachment or an independent congressional committee while allowing the White House to defer all future Russia questions to Mueller's office — if Trump can maintain that level of message discipline.

Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel’

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Formal independence is less important than the perception of integrity (flowing from the reality of integrity). Bob Mueller has that. I remain a skeptic of special prosecutors or special counsels. Democrats are so Trump-deranged that I suspect, despite Mueller’s solid reputation, they will claim the fix is in if impeachment does not appear to be on the horizon in short order. But most people will give Mueller a chance. And he deserves that.

The FBI Must Investigate The Sophisticated Intelligence Operation To Destroy President Trump

When one begins to analyze how these stories begin and propagate it is clear that, as The Washington Post put it, “current and former U.S. officials” in the intelligence agencies are engaged in what amounts to a seditious conspiracy to cripple and eventually bring down President Trump.

Obama Holdovers Successfully Sabotaging Trump's War Against ISIS

Until President Trump rids himself of those officials and advisers who do not share his foreign policy goals the internal coup against him will continue to the detriment of our war with the Islamic State and the broader success of his administration.

The Politics of 'Special Prosecutors'

Setting aside the astonishing idea that the Democratic Party would hold the nation’s top law enforcement agency hostage to its own political agenda, the idea that a “special prosecutor” is needed implies that a crime worthy of prosecution is known to have been committed.

Confession: I Was a Friend of a Russian Spy

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

When I watch the congressional hearings on Russia what I see is nothing but truly nauseating hypocrisy, pompous bores like Dick Durbin inveighing against possible collusion with Moscow, the same people who ten years ago -- make that ten months -- would have been saying the opposite and urging the very collusion they now condemn. (My bet is that Durbin et al. spoke to more than a few Russian spies in their day, wittingly or not.)

What Happens to Christians There Will Come Here

Here in America our church and political leaders, such as Speaker Paul Ryan and the hierarchy of Washington’s Episcopal National Cathedral, are not just allowing, but encouraging the same kind of Muslim invasion that is extinguishing European Christianity.

Shattered: The Book That Explains The Real Reasons Why Hillary Lost

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign the just-out book by respected political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes tells the truth about how and why sure winner Hillary Clinton went down to a defeat that still has Washington reeling.

Trump's Tilt to China Spells Trouble for Putin

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Democrats in their unremitting (and increasingly self-destructive) zeal to prove Trump has been colluding with Russia completely missed the red dragon in the room.  It's Beijing our president has been  conspiring with, not Moscow. And he's seemingly doing a decent job of it too. In the foreign policy area, Trump is behaving like Reagan.  Peace through strength -- so far.

Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge

Rich Lowry, New York Post

Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels? All of these items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.

Lessons From The World War I Centennial

Perhaps the most under-recognized lesson that Americans should take from our entry into World War I was the vast series of unintended consequences that were loosed by our involvement in the war to "make the world safe for democracy."

Think Things Can’t Get Worse In Syria?

Taking out Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would mean we are now aligned with “partners” who include assorted Sunni Sharia-supremacists – including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood – whose agenda is no less murderous and menacing than Assad’s.

Obama Advisers Suckering Trump Further Into Syrian Quagmire

If President Trump truly will not tolerate the Assad government using chemical weapons then he should take out the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center where they are made and managed, anything short of that is merely continuing the fantasies of John McCain and the halfhearted measures and follies of Barack Obama.

The Real Winner in the Russia Investigations Is Iran

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Trump or his people can no longer even consider making inroads with Russia. They would be accused immediately of treason or something close. The possibility of separating the Russians from Iran has been destroyed by these investigations -- first by the House, now by the Senate, and always by the media. They go on and on even though there has been no genuine evidence of collusion between the Trump team and the Russians.

The Russian Farce

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

From Russia’s point of view, considering their strategic and economic interests, a pliable Obama 2.0 would have been far better than Trump, with his pro-oil-and-gas domestic agenda, his promised defense buildup, and his unpredictable Jacksonian promises to help friends and hurt enemies.

Intelligence Committee Democrats Launch Civil War Against Trump

The behavior of Rep. Adam Schiff and other Democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence isn’t caused by their purported outrage at the phony allegations of Russian “hacking” of the 2016 election; it is merely the latest episode in a long running series of Democrats politicizing leaks and using secret intelligence to discredit their political opponents.

An Obama Plot Against Trump?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

So far, the Russia-connection investigation has proven a dry hole. But an investigation into who in the FBI, CIA, or NSA is unmasking U.S. citizens and criminally leaking information to a Trump-hating press to destroy a president they are sworn to serve could prove to be a gusher. What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?

Trump and Russia: Washington's fashionable conspiracy theory

Editors, Washington Examiner

Perhaps Democrats feel justified in approaching this subject as a means of revenge. Millions of Americans will never forgive Trump for his own baseless conspiracy-mongering as a private citizen against President Obama over his birth certificate. But strange that so many who felt justifiably angry about that are now so eager to prove there was nothing unique about it.

Is Russia an Enemy?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If we believe the struggle is for “global democracy” and “human rights,” then that may put Putin on the other side. But how then can we be allies of President el-Sissi of Egypt and Erdogan of Turkey, and the kings, emirs, and sultans of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman? But if the new world struggle is about defending ourselves and our civilization, Russia would appear to be not only a natural ally, but a more critical and powerful one than that crowd in Kiev.

Is a Trump-Putin Detente Dead?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Believing Putin robbed Hillary Clinton of the presidency, Democrats are bent on revenge—on Putin and Trump. And the epidemic of Russophobia makes it almost impossible to pursue normal relations. Indeed, in reaction to the constant attacks on them as poodles of Putin, the White House seems to be toughening up toward Russia.