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  • NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

    06/23/2015 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | june 23, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia," ran the headline in The New York Times. "In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries," said the Times. The sources cited were "American and allied officials." The Pentagon's message received a reply June 16. Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov called the U.S. move "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold...
  • Putin and Buffett’s War on U.S. Pipelines

    06/06/2015 6:52:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Abundant, reliable, affordable oil and natural gas empower people. They support job creation, mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives. Hydrocarbons make plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic clothing. They create fertilizers and pesticides, to improve crop yields, reduce food prices and improve nutrition. But Sierra Club, 350.org and other radicals want to keep America’s oil and natural gas bounties in the ground. They block leasing, drilling and fracking. They block pipelines that transport oil and gas to refineries, power plants, factories...
  • Confessions of a NATO Trip Wire: Why Poles and Balts Want US Trip Wire Forces

    06/03/2015 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Occasionally referred to as The Three Musketeers Clause, the NATO treaty's Article 5 exemplifies the hard diplomacy that won the Cold War. The daring French musketeers promised one for all and all for one. Article 5 made a similar serious commitment. Unfortunately, in 2015, as Vladimir Putin's Kremlin attacks Ukraine, NATO's Eastern European members --particularly Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia -- are no longer certain Article 5's pledge is iron-clad. In Article 5, NATO members agreed, "that an armed attack against one or more of them ... shall be considered an attack against them all." Each member would then take...
  • Putin and the Neoconservatives

    05/24/2015 7:05:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 26 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Putin and the Neoconservatives By William Pfaff Comment by Julio Severo: This article was kindly sent and recommended to me by a Pentecostal minister in the U.S. Its author, William Pfaff, said, “The resemblance of President Putin’s ambitions for his Russia to those of the neoconservatives in the contemporary United States bear a striking formal resemblance in the wish of both to recall a romanticized past.” For pro-family Christians, the important point is whether a president supports a pro-family agenda or anti-family agenda. We supported George W. Bush because of his generally pro-life stances, even though his neocon decision...
  • Highest Ranking Cold War Defector: The KGB Invented ‘Liberation Theology’

    05/02/2015 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 53 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 May 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a startling new interview, a 3-star general and former head of Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, claims that the Theology of Liberation was the creation of the KGB, who exported it to Latin America as a way of introducing Marxism into the continent. Ion Mihai Pacepa has been called “the Cold War’s most important defector,” and after his defection, the Romanian government under Nicolae Ceausescu placed two death sentences and a $2 million bounty on his head. During the more than ten years that Pacepa worked with the CIA, he made what...
  • Russian Reporter Assaulted and Robbed in Baltimore (Boo-Hoo)

    05/01/2015 3:27:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “Give it BACK! …GEEVE EET BACK!” shrieked Russian reporter Paulina Leonovich as black thugs ran off with her purse in Baltimore last week. This reporter works for Vladimir Putin’s RT (Russia Today) TV network, which specializes in featuring the “terrible oppression” of “innocent blacks in racist America.” Am I the only person who laughed at the poor woman’s brief discomfiture? (Turns out she wasn’t hurt and the cops quickly ran down the thugs and retrieved her purse.) “Just desserts” some might say. “Mugged by reality,” say others. But her desserts are much juster than some think. It’s not Paulina Leonovich’s...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Rachel Marsden: America Is Under Threat From Reactive Foreign Policy

    04/08/2015 2:44:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- We're witnessing arguably the most unfocused and undisciplined U.S. foreign policy in history under President Barack Obama. If I'm seeing it and you're seeing it, then it's a safe bet that America's opponents are seeing it -- and attempting to exploit it for long-term gain. What might that exploitation look like? Take a dog to a park and toss some sticks around, one after another and in different directions. Watch Fido zigzag around, bark at all the sticks in frustration, fail to retrieve one in favor of running after another. Agence France Presse reported concerns last week over...
  • The Bear and the Community Organizer

    03/30/2015 5:19:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Vladimir Putin scheduled the war to retake the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – for the first half of the last Final Four college basketball game. He anticipated, correctly, that the President’s focus would be on his brackets instead of Russia’s plan to recapture its former glory. The signs were all there – prior aggression in Georgia, the invasion of Ukraine, the unscheduled “maneuvers” in both Russia and Belarus adjacent to the panicking Baltic States’ borders, the provocative military flights into their airspace and that of nearby Sweden. And the administration, fixated on pushing through its domestic agenda...
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Putin Ouster, Embassy Recalls

    03/16/2015 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Ransom
    The signs that Russian president Vladimir Putin was toppled in a coup are multiplying. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported that a key Putin ally believes that while Putin is likely alive that he has been detained by the security services after key Chechen – and Muslim-- allies were implicated in the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on February 27th. From the Daily Mail:“I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,” said [Geydar] Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist. “He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion,...
  • ‘Putin Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring’, Says Ex-KGB Officer

    03/14/2015 3:04:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | March 13, 2015 | BY DAMIEN SHARKOV
    Russian president Vladimir Putin and his long-time ally Victor Ivanov, who is currently head of Russia’s narcotics agency, have been implicated in helping run a drug smuggling and money laundering ring in St Petersburg in the 1990s. The allegations were made by ex-KGB officer Yuri Shvets who spoke at the inquiry into the death Alexander Litvinenko yesterday. Shvets testified in front of Ben Emmerson QC, expanding on a report he had compiled with fellow ex-Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a few months prior to the latter’s death from polonium poisoning. According to Shvets’ sources, which include the late...
  • Putin's recent public reappearance is a sham — he's been out of sight for 8 days now

    03/13/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/13/2015 | Amanda Macias
    The Kremlin's attempt to dispel rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin's health had deteriorated just backfired again.On Friday, Russian state television released footage of the "perfectly healthy" 62-year-old leader meeting with Supreme Court chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to discuss judicial reform systems — except, the world has already seen this video, in October.The video appears in a news report last year: 1TV.RU Kremlin's statement with the same video today: Kremlin/Amanda Macias/Business Insider Putin's rare absence is tallying in at eight days.
  • If America Is Mars and Europe Venus, How Is Europe Doing?

    03/04/2015 5:56:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michael Barone
    "Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus," wrote Robert Kagan in "Of Paradise and Power," published in 2003, just as the United States went into Iraq. Americans, he wrote, see themselves in "an anarchic Hobbesian world," where security and a liberal order depend on military might, while Europe is "moving beyond power into a self-contained world of laws and rules and transnational negotiation and co-operation." A dozen years later, Europeans and not a few Americans have been asking how well Mars has been working out for America. But Americans and an increasing number of Europeans should also be...
  • Obama Administration Trusts Russia on Iran

    11/06/2014 5:32:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 6, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    The Obama administration is so desperate to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by the current deadline of November 24th if at all possible that it is willing to trust Russia to play a key implementation role. In the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s duplicity with regard to Ukraine and Putin’s increasingly aggressive stance towards the West that harkens back to the Cold War, the Obama administration is deluding itself into thinking that it can trust Putin to keep his word on ensuring that much of Iran’s uranium stockpile is converted into a relatively harmless end product. According to...
  • Reliving the 1930s

    02/19/2015 4:19:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    World War II was the most destructive war in history. What caused it? The panic from the ongoing and worldwide Depression in the 1930s had empowered extremist movements the world over. Like-minded, violent dictators of otherwise quite different Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan and Communist Soviet Union all wanted to attack their neighbors. Yet World War II could have been prevented had Western Europe united to deter Germany. Instead, France, Britain and the smaller European democracies appeased Hitler. The United States turned isolationist. The Soviet Union collaborated with the Third Reich. And Italy and Japan eventually joined it. The...
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/17/2015 6:22:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians. The longer it goes on, the greater the casualties, the more land Ukraine will lose, and the greater the likelihood Kiev will end up an amputated and bankrupt republic, a dependency the size of France on the doorstep of Europe. Had no truce been achieved, 8,000 Ukrainian troops trapped in the Debaltseve pocket could have been forced to surrender...
  • U.S., Germany, and France to Putin: The World Is Too Weak to Stop You

    02/05/2015 2:26:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02/05/2015 | Seth Mandel
    So here’s Obama’s opinion: Ukraine should not get military aid from the West because even with American help, Russia would still mop the floor with them. And this, according to the Times, is what Obama thinks will intimidate Putin into signing a peace treaty. I’ll offer the president some free advice: telling Putin the world is too weak to stop him isn’t very intimidating. Yet even if the West got Putin to sign on to a new agreement, nothing will have been accomplished. Putin has been violating the last ceasefire agreement, because there’s no one to enforce it. What Obama,...
  • Scarborough's Strange Analogy: US Arming Ukraine Like Russia Arming Mexico

    02/05/2015 5:42:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Should the United States not send arms to help Ukraine to help it defend itself against Russia because our country would be angered if Russia armed Mexico against Texas? A strange analogy, no? But it's the one Joe Scarborough made on today's Morning Joe: "what is Vladimir Putin's response going to be to the United States arming Ukraine? Certainly I would guess no better than, you know, the Russians arming Mexico with weapons against Texas." View the video here.
  • U.S.-Russia Clash in Ukraine?

    02/03/2015 6:15:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Among Cold War presidents, from Truman to Bush I, there was an unwritten rule: Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence. In crises over Berlin in 1948 and 1961, the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague in 1968, U.S. forces in Europe stayed in their barracks. We saw the Elbe as Moscow's red line, and they saw it as ours. While Reagan sent weapons to anti-Communist rebels in Angola, Nicaragua and Afghanistan, to the heroic Poles of Gdansk he sent only mimeograph machines. That Cold War caution and prudence...
  • Liberals, Islamists Take Same Stand on Free Speech

    01/25/2015 6:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    apzzyk12 wrote: As a comrade (progressive Democrat), I would like to remind the author that it was over the very strong objections of the TEA party that the Democrats passsed the Lilly Ledbetter Act , which allows women to sue at any time, if they have been paid less than the males for doing the same work. The the Federal system, one has some idea of what others make by their GS level, so there is very little discrimination in that system, while in the private sector it remains taboo for employees to compare wages.- Mitt Who?Dear Pzzy,Employees in the...
  • Ukraine Between Two Narcissists

    01/19/2015 4:32:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Ransom
    If you think that Vladimir Putin would be dissuaded from his territorial ambitions by a few billionaires more or less being punished in Moscow, then you probably deserve to condemned to a Purgatory that resembles Obama’s White House. Despite assurances that Russia was on the ropes via economic sanctions imposed by the West after the Bear stirred up ethnic conflict in Ukraine, there are no signs but that Russia under Putin is restless. And hungry. New fighting has erupted near Donetsk with Russian supported separatists firing shells resulting in the death of 11 people. Since so-called “peace-talks” are underway between...
  • Being Nadiya Savchenko, American Ally, Hero

    01/14/2015 5:31:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | John Ransom
    If you think that Vladimir Putin would be dissuaded from his territorial ambitions by a few billionaires more or less being punished in Moscow, then you probably deserve to condemned to a Purgatory that resembles Obama’s White House. Despite assurances that Russia was on the ropes via economic sanctions imposed by the West after the Bear stirred up ethnic conflict in Ukraine, there are no signs but that Russia under Putin is restless. And hungry. New fighting has erupted near Donetsk with Russian supported separatists firing shells resulting in the death of 11 people. Since so-called “peace-talks” are underway between...
  • Flexibility: New Russian Military Doctrine Names NATO Key Risk

    01/12/2015 3:44:22 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 12, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    New Cold War: A revised Russian military doctrine identifies NATO as Moscow's No. 1 threat, as the Obama administration announced it was returning control of 15 bases in Europe back to the host governments. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Obama a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking in the form of a revised strategic doctrine. It re-emphasizes that NATO, notwithstanding President Obama's "flexibility" and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "reset" button, is the No. 1 strategic threat facing Russia. We are reminded of Obama's rebuke of Mitt Romney in the third presidential debate, when the GOP nominee...
  • Napoleon in the Middle East

    01/08/2015 8:01:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Cliff May
    A few pages into “Napoleon: A Life,” historian Andrew Roberts notes that the great general regarded himself as “of the race that founds empires.”How odd that sounds to modern ears. But, of course, in the past, people viewed the world differently. Most of us get that. In the present, not everyone sees the world the same way. Many of us don’t get that.And so Secretary of State John Kerry responds to Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Ukrainian territory by exclaiming: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text!" And...
  • Putin's Kremlin Losing the Oil Price War -- And That's Good

    12/03/2014 2:03:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Free enterprise is proving to be Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's most potent foe. Moscow's February 2014 invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its immediate annexation drastically altered international diplomatic calculations. In a year marked by the homicidal rise of the Islamic State and Chinese probes of East Asian maritime borders, Putin's destruction of post-Cold War security arrangements is the most dangerous challenge to global peace. Yet U.S. and Western European attempts to penalize the Kremlin its Crimean theft and blunt its relentless "slow war of moral attrition" in Eastern Ukraine have been erratic. Though France's decision to halt its sale...
  • Too Many to Kill—Even for Us

    11/13/2014 11:05:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Throughout history dictators, monarchs and other absolutists have enjoyed very little security. Few die peacefully in their bed. More often than not they are removed by forces either internally or externally in ways not pleasant.Vladimir Putin today is trying to consolidate his position in Russia, which is hardly unassailable, but has been made stronger through the ineffectual counter moves of leaders in the West. “It is astounding how easy democracies make it for us to reach our goal,” Hitler said about Neville Chamberlain and England in the 1930s.Had the “democracies” stood up to Hitler before he had a chance to...
  • Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine

    11/11/2014 3:08:54 PM PST · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Vladimir Putin: Person of the Year in U.S. Gay Magazine By Julio Severo The Advocate, the oldest homosexual magazine in the U.S., has sarcastically announced that its 2014 Person of the Year is Vladimir Putin, seen by Patheos, an American atheist website, as “the horrifically homophobic president of Russia and a committed opponent of all things pro-LGBT.” The magazine cover even illustrates the Russian president as Adolf Hitler. The Advocate got a lot of attention last year when it made Pope Francis its Person of the Year because of his less conservative comments on homosexual issues. In no way...
  • Where a Liberal Underestimates Putin Again

    11/02/2014 7:26:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Dosborne wrote:And yet the Berkeley Earth group (funded in part by the Koch brothers) found that there is in fact a anthropogenic factor involved in the current climate change we are seeing. As far as oversight and regulations in the drug industry. Despite all of the oversight. New and sometimes lethal side effects result in drugs being pulled off the market every year. But what you and others here seem to be suggesting is that we reduce the oversight and regulation of new drugs. Leading to more people being injured by or even dying as a result?--How Obamacare Could Kill...
  • Putin: Autocrat of All the "Russias"

    10/20/2014 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is moving with a steady pace to establish his total control over Russia. He’s now pushing a law to help him deal with the last pesky parts of the post-Soviet period of Russian history—that annoying free press. In this Washington Post story, we see that President Putin is doing in Russia what Sen. Harry Reid and fifty-three of his Senate colleagues attempted to do recently with a constitutional amendment to limit free speech. Putin knows he is fairly free to act on the world scene and at home. President Obama is distracted. His administration is perplexed. Having...
  • Putin’s Soviet Style Kremlin is Too Much for “JV” Team Obama

    10/15/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Vladimir Putin is quietly toiling away at reestablishing last century’s utopia-on-earth, known more commonly as the Soviet Union. Aside from rolling some T-72 tanks into Crimea, and giving a helping hand to the Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, he’s also been ramping up efforts to remake modern Russia into a more 20th century image. Putin’s Justice Ministry (I’m not sure, but it is possible that they took that agency’s name straight from the pages of a George Orwell book) is trying to shut down one of Russia’s oldest civil rights organizations.I know, I know, I know... You’re thinking “so what?”...
  • What Do You Call War By Any Other Name? Defeat

    10/02/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Consumer spending went up last month but paradoxically consumer confidence in the interim has plunged to lowest level since May. Consumer spending was up 0.5% in August, above expectations, reports the Commerce Department, while the Conference Board reports that consumer confidence has plunged to 86 for September.What accounts for the paradox?War, that’s all.Previously consumer confidence posted the 92.4 for the previous month of August, a seven-year high. “Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said high equity values, rising home prices, and falling gasoline costs indicate that ‘confidence should be rising not falling,’" reports the Wall Street Journal. Well...
  • Neville Chamberlain Would Have Been a Perfect Fit for Obama’s Foreign Policy Team

    09/30/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    On this day, in 1938, the British and French Prime Ministers signed the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in an effort to avoid the onset of another world war… Spoiler alert: It didn’t work. Someone once said that history doesn’t always repeat itself, but that it often rhymes. Well, brace yourself for some poetry:By fall of 1938 Hitler had already managed to annex Austria into Germany, and was already trying to “stand up” for the Russian German speaking portions of Ukraine Czechoslovakia. The eventual conquest of Czechoslovakia was a part of Hitler’s grand plan to reestablish the “greatness of Germany”;...
  • Push Back against Putin’s Preposterous Policies

    09/14/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    World and corporate leaders should look for alternative business partners to minimize the fallout from trade barriers that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may erect against countries that impose trade sanctions against his nation in response to his ill-conceived plot to send Russian fighters into neighboring Ukraine.Former KGB agent Putin has proven that he cannot be trusted and his willingness to adopt foreign policies that are detrimental to the economic interests of his people are telling. Nor will his legacy as Russia’s leader escape damage in the wake of his support of armed gunman from his country who infiltrated Ukraine to...
  • What If Chevy Volts Were Mortgages? (Long Article)

    09/07/2014 6:52:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | John Ransom
    Truth001 wrote: No John GWB destabilized the region by marching into Iraq in the first place all in the name of Oil. Obama was only trying to clean up the mess President Bush and VP Cheney left behind. Remember "mission accomplished" 10 years later, 4000+ soldiers dead and 1.5 trillion dollars later. Obama has been trying to avoid another Iraq disaster like every since he has been in office. - The Foreign Policy of the Three StoogesDear Comrade Pravda,How do you explain the destabilization of Libya, then? Or Afghanistan? Or Pakistan? Or Egypt? Or Ukraine? Were those all George BushÂ’s...
  • Putin Seeks to Rebuild Evil Empire While Obama Speaks Softly and Carries No Stick

    09/05/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - We live in a dangerous and chaotic time when terrorism is rapidly spreading across the globe, Russian troops occupy Ukraine, and America has lost its influence abroad. President Obama's handling of foreign policy is coming under increasing criticism at home, from friends and foes alike, for its timidity, impotence and bungling. As the months race by, Russian President Vladimir has daringly stepped up his invasion of Eastern Ukraine, after seizing and annexing the Crimean Peninsula, threatening at one point to take over the country entirely. The former Communist KGB agent casually told his top advisers he could take...
  • Applying Smart Power Versus Don't Do Stupid Stuff

    09/04/2014 3:54:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    What a difference a year makes. Last September, the Obama administration and the media were cheering happenstance as victory. A quick review of last year's events: the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians, tough talk by President Barack Obama, an administration push for a congressional vote for use of force, Secretary of State John Kerry's off-the-cuff remark regarding Syrian giving up chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin leveraging the remark into action, the Obama administration claiming a great solution. The events led the administration to believe that letting a situation play out, thereby leading to a...
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • Nothing Says “Freedom” Like a Hammer and Sickle

    08/13/2014 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Russian dictator humanitarian, Vladimir Putin, is sending some much needed food and water to those poor oppressed rebels in Eastern Ukraine. After already having shown his penchant for helping individuals who suffer under the tyranny of democratic freedom in the semi-autonomous Peninsula of Crimea, Putin has decided to lend aid to a “rag-tag” group of Pro-Russian separatists… Because if the 20th Century has taught us anything, it is that nothing says “freedom” like a hammer and sickle. In justifying his “humanitarian aid”, the Bond Villain Putin explained that his humanitarian mission was endorsed by the Red Cross… Surely he...
  • Will NATO End With a Whimper?

    08/07/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ISTANBUL -- April marked the 65th birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed at the height of the Cold War to stop the huge postwar Red Army from overrunning Western Europe. NATO in 1949 had only 12 members, comprising Western Europe, Canada and the United States. Its original mission was simple. According to the alliance's first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, NATO was formed "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." Western Europeans were terrified of the Soviet Union, which had just gobbled up all of Eastern Europe. They feared that the American army...
  • A Silly Excuse for a President

    08/03/2014 5:47:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Tacitus X wrote: Silly excuse for a column. It doesn't take any more "guts" for a politician to send others to fight than it does for him to show "compassion" by giving someone else's money away.-- Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation Dear Comrade X, It takes a lot of guts for the president of the United States to send kids off to die. Look how much trouble Obama-- a silly excuse for a president-- had in sending the Seals in to kill Bin Laden: a no-brainer if there ever was one. Obviously, Obama’s not a pantheon to courage, and...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Cash for Russian Clunkers

    07/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Something stinks here. And it’s more than just wastewater from the marshy ground in and around Washington, DC. When a commercial airline is shot out of the sky it immediately triggers a number of questions. What kind of projectile? Where did it come from? Who fired it? All of these questions are answered by spy satellites. But getting one of these expensive satellites into orbit requires we launch a rocket. At present, the United States is buying rocket engines from Russia for these critical national security launches . That is right. Even while a domestic supply of launch vehicles is...
  • Putin, Obama and Flight 17

    07/26/2014 9:49:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Herb London
    Against mounting evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin supplied the SA11 missile system that shot Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the skies, the world is drawing inevitable comparisons between the former KGB operative in Moscow and his counterpart, the ex-community organizer in the Oval Office in Washington. The contrast is anything but reassuring to a world in turmoil. Russia provided both the SA11 missiles and the training or the personnel to deploy them. The blood on Putin’s hands is that of 298 innocent people (including 80 children) whose lives were snuffed out while traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur....
  • Like a Hotel Burglar . . .

    07/26/2014 5:16:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to "reset" relations with Russia, all right -- all the way back to Cold War times. With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border. Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear's...
  • Putin Robbed Blind in Cuba

    07/25/2014 12:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Russian president Vladimir “Teflon” Putin is on a roll—or so we’re led to believe by the media. The Russian president combines the slick machismo of James Bond, the cojones of George Patton and the craftiness of Cardinal Richelieu. Actually, in his dealings with Cuba, Putin looks more like Barney Fife. We’re not accustomed to seeing Mr Macho-Cool Vladimir Putin made an international jackass. But many Cuba-watchers snickered as the hapless Russian President met with the Castro brothers on July 11th and “wrote off” their $32 billion debt to the Soviet Union. “That old thing? I never liked it anyway,” Cuba-watchers...
  • Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

    07/25/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the "kulaks," the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was imposed on Ukraine through seizure of her food production. Estimates of the dead range from two to nine million souls. Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who called reports of the famine "malignant propaganda," won a Pulitzer for his mendacity. In November 1933, during the Holodomor, the greatest liberal of them all, FDR, invited Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to receive official U.S. recognition of his master Stalin's murderous regime....
  • Obama’s Anti-Energy Policies Help Russia, Not America

    07/24/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christopher Prandoni
    When president Obama announced last week that he would be imposing of a new round of sanctions on Russia, he made sure to stress that the package was designed to inflict “maximum” damage on Russia, “while limiting any spillover effects on American companies.” Left unmentioned: the fact that, earlier that same day, officials from the European Union called to inform our State Dept. that they wouldn’t be able to follow suit. If the administration wanted to go forward, they said, it would need to do so unilaterally. Less than a week before, a State Dept. official testified before the Senate...
  • Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama's Behind

    07/23/2014 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. Scowling at the camera, Obama stated: "Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists. No one denies that. Russia has urged them on. Russia has trained them." Finally, after fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none. Instead, Obama explained that if Russia were to ignore his warnings, it would "only...