Vladimir Putin

Putin Speaks: Liberalism Has Lost the World

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Putin decried the "dispersal of ethnic Russians" across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: "25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. ... Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster." What may be said of Putin? He is no Stalin, no Communist ideologue, but rather a Russian nationalist who seeks the return of her lost peoples to the Motherland, and, seeing his country as a great power, wants NATO out of his front yard. We have a common interest in avoiding a war with this nuclear-armed nation as we did with the far more menacing Soviet Empire of the Cold War.

Turbocharging The Big Lie About Russian Interference In The 2016 Election

Today’s column by Diana West carefully parses the comments made last month by former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an interview during the May 12, 2019 edition of “Face the Nation.” Ms. West’s conclusion: If the colossal con of "Russian interference" had not worked like an evil charm, it would be pathetic.

Another Reason for a Compromise with Russia over Ukraine

The latest crisis in the relationship between Russia and Ukraine thankfully has ebbed. But it has offered another powerful reminder why the latter should not be inducted into NATO. Washington has nothing at stake worth getting into a war between the two countries.

Why is Ukraine’s Kerch Crisis Any of Our Business?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Why is this our quarrel, to the point that U.S. strategists want us to confront Russia over a Crimean Peninsula that houses the Livadia Palace that was the last summer residence of Czar Nicholas II? Why are we letting ourselves be dragged into everyone's quarrels — from who owns the islets in the South China Sea, to who owns the Senkaku and Southern Kurils; and from whether Transnistria had a right to secede from Moldova, to whether South Ossetia and Abkhazia had the right to break free of Georgia, when Georgia broke free of Russia? Do the American people care a fig for these places? Are we really willing to risk war with Russia or China over who holds title to them?

Bring U.S. Forces Home from Syria

The Trump administration appears to share the belief of prior administrations that it can transform the Middle East in America’s image. But Washington’s record in the Middle East is catastrophic. It is time to bring home America’s troops.

Putin’s ‘Evil Empire’? Sort of a Sad Overstatement

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Russia’s regime is no longer Communist. The ideology that drove its imperialism is dead. There are parties, demonstrations and dissidents in Russia, and an Orthodox faith that is alive and promoted by Putin. Where, today, is there a vital U.S. interest imperiled by Putin? Better to jaw-jaw, than war-war, said Churchill. He was right, as is President Trump to keep talking to Putin—right through the Russophobia rampant in this city.

The Trump/Putin Summit Is the Worst Thing Ever...Until the Next Worst Thing Ever

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Trump makes mistakes but he is not his own worst enemy. His worst enemy is the establishment. Period. But this nonsense is not going to distract or deter him any more than a dozen other hyped outrages did. America has priced in Trump being Trump. And Normals know damn well that all this treason garbage is just that – garbage. It’s a grift designed to sucker them into returning to power the people who screwed up this country so much that the Normals turned to Donald Trump as their solution. Trump is not going anywhere, no matter how often and loudly they cry “Traitor!”

Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness

The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence. Though I voted for Trump, I’ve never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+.

Why Should Trump Pick A Fight With Putin Over The Failures Of Obama, Clapper, Strzok and Brennan?

Never in the annals of Washington DC’s history have three bureaucrats been so anxious to shout their failures from every rooftop. But that’s exactly what Strzok, Clapper, and especially Brennan have been doing by blasting Trump for not picking a fight with Putin over their failure to stop Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump Calls Off Cold War II

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We are not going to let Putin’s annexation of Crimea or aid to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine prevent us from working on a rapprochement and a partnership with him, Trump is saying. We are going to negotiate arms treaties and talk out our differences as Ronald Reagan did with Mikhail Gorbachev. Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, “Peace with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

Trump – Putin Summit Craziness

What Democrats, Trump critics like Senator John McCain, and Witch Hunters like Robert Mueller wanted President Trump to do would jeopardize the lives and safety of American military and intelligence officers around the world and make international relations infinitely more complex and difficult.

Trump Has A Point About The Media

While the political establishment continues to attack President Trump for his “enemy of the people” comment about the media, Americans out in flyover country tend to wonder what else you would call an institution that employs people who regularly wish for them to fail and for their lives to be harder.

Trump Heads To NATO Summit With America First Agenda

President Trump’s recognition that the United States cannot and should not continue to subsidize the quality of life for our allies is hardly a conspiracy theory, but an overdue recognition that the Reagan defense build-up was expended long ago, and if the Western alliance is to be maintained, then all its beneficiaries must pay their share.

Agenda for the Trump-Putin Summit

The president’s willingness to meet with nations at odds with America deserves praise. He need not befriend foreign leaders. However, he should communicate with them. If nothing else, the president needs to ensure that both Americans and Russians better understand each other and the issues which unite as well as divide us.

Trump Demands DOJ 'Fess Up About Spying On His Campaign

President Trump has dropped a bomb on the Department of Justice by demanding answers about why Stefan Halper, a long-time CIA operative with extensive links to the Bush family who was responsible for a dirty and likely illegal spying operation in the 1980 presidential election was engaged to spy on his campaign.

Winter Is Coming

Moscow has steadily pursued naval expansion, with a focus on undersea capabilities. A modernization program announced in 2011 – the same time Obama stood-down the 2nd Fleet – directed more money toward submarines, producing quieter, more lethal designs. Moscow has brought online or overhauled 13 subs since 2014, now in response Trump is reactivating the 2nd Fleet.

Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We went to war in Iraq in 2003 to disarm it of weapons of mass destruction we later discovered Saddam Hussein did not really have. Some 4,500 U.S. dead and tens of thousands of wounded paid for that rush to judgment. And some of those clamoring for war then are visible in the vanguard of those clamoring for confronting Russia. Before we set off on Cold War II with Russia — leading perhaps to the shooting war we avoided in Cold War I — let's try to get this one right.

Hillary Clinton And Our Hypersonic Missile Gap With Russia

Russia's hypersonic missile program was born at Skolkovo a vast Russian industrial espionage program with its genesis at the nexus of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Bill Clinton, and Russian oligarch Vekselberg. It is driven by donors to the Clinton Foundation and was championed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Why Don’t Europeans Provide Troops for Europe’s Defense?

Long after the close of World War II, the Western Europeans have recovered economically, overturned alien communist regimes, and absorbed Central and Eastern European states into the European project. Collectively they vastly outstrip the remains of the Soviet Union, so why won't they defend themselves?

Make a Deal with Russia: Neutralize Ukraine, End NATO Expansion

Taking NATO membership off the table would remove Moscow’s incentive to keep the Ukrainian conflict alive. Ukraine could develop economically and politically as it wished. Sanctions could end, encouraging economic integration from Europe through Ukraine onto Russia.