foreign affairs

KGB's Old Headquarters of Lubyanka Glowers at New Russia, Much Like the Old

Despite the frenzied push in Washington for economic sanctions and military threats, the success of Putinism is well beyond America’s control.  The U.S. certainly should not promote military confrontation with nuclear-armed Moscow over an issue of limited importance to Washington.

The Obama Doctrine

Richard Butrick, American Thinker

The president has backed Muslim Brotherhood policy objectives in the Middle East and North Africa every step of the way.

Myanmar Reforms Slip Into Reverse: How to Save Burma’s Democracy

Friends of liberty worldwide should offer aid and support to Burmese activists seeking political reform.

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.

China Should Bury Mao Zedong, the Greatest Mass Murderer in History

Maoism is dead. However, the Chinese people remain in chains, though their fetters now are gold and silver.

Kristallnacht In America

In the face of violent anti-Semitism and near riots by Islamists from Boston to Los Angeles you can’t find a statement from a major national figure in America condemning the violence toward Jews.

Tragedy in Israel

Sen. Rand Paul, National Review Online

It’s time to end aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Thailand Votes as Opposition “Yellow Shirt” Protesters Threaten Democracy

The Thai political system is nominally democratic.  But the state typically is controlled by an elitist establishment; essentially a military-royalist-civil service-business-urban/upper class axis.  Unfortunately the most visible opposition isn't democratic -- it wants an authoritarian system in which a different set of close-knit elites dominate irrespective of election results.

Offer Free Trade, Not Foreign Aid to Egypt

Absent an inclusive political process, Egypt likely faces an unstable and violent future.  However, economic reform also is necessary.  That is unlikely to come from lectures and money from foreign governments, including the USA.

Washington Should Close NATO Door to Georgia

The nation of Georgia is a security liability for NATO. The Europeans may act independently if they believed the benefits of defending Tbilisi to be worth the costs.  But Washington should say no to the possibility of America going to war in the Caucasus.

Can Paul Save Detroit?

Tal Kopan, Politico

Rand Paul suggests taking aid money sent to Egypt and investing that in U.S. infrastructure.

Paul: US Isn't World's Policeman

Hadas Gold, Politico

Rand Paul blasted Obama at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention for fighting to a “stalemate” in Syria.