Russia

Democrats Playing Dumb On Executive Privilege

Yesterday, Democrats were playing dumb to gain a political advantage, and Attorney General Sessions shot them down in the clearest and politest terms possible.

AG Sessions Before The Senate Intelligence Committee: It’s A Hearing About Nothing

Today’s hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee featuring former Senator, now Attorney General, Jeff Sessions should be the last time the government of the United States allows itself to be manipulated into responding to the lies and provocations of James Comey.

James Comey's Russia Rorschach test

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump supporters came away thinking Comey didn't lay a glove on the president and instead exposed himself as a craven political operator and the kind of leaker that Trump is trying to hunt down. To Trump's opponents, Comey heroically resisted the president's attempt to an influence an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn and was summarily fired for his independence.

Who Fears Russia? Not the Europeans!

Last year NATO Europe devoted an estimated $265 billion to defense, almost four times Moscow’s expenditures of $68 billion. The Russian Republic is not the Soviet Union reborn.

Mr. Nunes Went to Washington

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

It seems that the explosive unmasking charges are at last being seriously investigated. The mainstream media has caricatured Nunes’s bulldog bluntness in going public as naive and partisan, and they have predicted his demise as a committee chairman amid a climate of hysteria. Instead, Nunes seems unconcerned and plows straight ahead — in the fashion of dairy farmers from the Central Valley of California.

Outside the Beltway, Republicans Couldn't Care Less About Comey

Katie Glueck, Kansas City Star

Many consider the broader Russia issue as, at best, a distraction from issues like health care and the economy. And others saw the swirling questions around Russia—including the Comey investigation and coming testimony—as pure partisanship driven by Democrats and the media to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s victory last November.

President Trump’s Response Half-Right on NATO

While they like being protected by America, Europeans don’t need America to protect them. They have a larger economy and population than the U.S. and vastly bigger than Russia. The issue is not capability, but willingness to do more militarily.

How Trump brought a dying Russia investigation back to life

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

It would be easy to explain away the stories about Trump saying he fired "nut job" Comey to get him off his back about Russia as smears from anonymous leakers, even with the White House's failure to issue an unequivocal denial, if the president himself didn't seem preoccupied with the Russia investigation. Trump has given his opponents a new opening into what only recently looked like a dead end. It makes Republicans nervous.

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.