Listening to Putin, Part II
Editor’s Note: Vladimir Putin gives an annual year-end press conference in Moscow. In a two-part series, Jay Nordlinger is discussing parts of the most recent conference, held on December 23, 2016. For Part I, go here.
The subject of Nemtsov came …
Listening to Putin, Part I
In Moscow, Vladimir Putin gives an annual year-end press conference. This year’s session made some news in America. For example, Putin said that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats ought to learn how to lose an election with dignity. Donald …
For eight years, the Obama administration misjudged Vladimir Putin’s Russia, as it misjudged most of the Middle East, China, and the rest of the world as well. Obama got wise to Russia only when Putin imperiled not just U….
How Trump Should Negotiate with Putin
“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Vladimir Putin is always plotting. It’s his defining passion. The KGB lieutenant-colonel who took his organization to the heart of the Kremlin, Putin is the supreme incarnation of …
‘Nastya! If you decide to publish this information about what is happening to me, then try to distribute it as widely as possible. This will increase my chances of staying alive.”
Ildar Dadin wrote those words to his wife, Anastasia …
Krauthammer’s Take: On Russian Hacking, ‘There’s No Reason for Trump to Downplay It’
Charles Krauthammer said that punishing Russia is important to maintain U.S. credibility, but he does not think Trump gains anything by defensively downplaying it:
I think it’s a mistake for Trump to try to keep downplaying this. It …
When Polarization Gets Dangerous
All it took for Vladimir Putin to improve his standing with Republicans was to hack Democrats’ computers.
All it took for Putin to get Democrats to hate Russia was to hack Democrats’ computers.
American polarization has grown so bad that …
Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce
The hypocrisy oozing from the peddling of this week’s narrative about Russian “meddling” in the U.S. presidential election is thick even by the sorry standards of modern American politics.
I feel entitled to be amused, having maintained, through …
Krauthammer’s Take: On Russia, ‘The Passivity of Barack Obama in the Face of This Is Simply Staggering’
After hearing news of Barack Obama failing to deter Russian hackers who targeted Democrats, Charles Krauthammer expressed his astonishment that Obama did not stand up to Putin:
The overall concern is real. The idea that it gave the election to …
How does a nation with a weak and vulnerable economy and inferior military go on an international military and intelligence winning streak the likes of which haven’t been seen in years? How does a nation with a fraction of …
A President Meets the Press
Many years ago, there was a famous book called “Listening to Prozac.” Today on the homepage, I begin a two-part series called “Listening to Putin.” The first installment is here.
In Moscow, Vladimir Putin gives a year-end press conference. His …
Vladimir Putin had another press conference, and these can be interesting. He said, “I don’t know Mr. Trump. I have never met him.” How can this be true? I remember Trump in a debate last year, on the subject of …
A Political Prisoner’s Wife: Meet Anastasia
I have done a Q&A podcast with Anastasia Zotova, here. She is the wife of Ildar Dadin, the Russian political prisoner. I wrote about his case earlier this week, here.
He has the unfortunate distinction of being the first …
President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost clear-eyed about the Kremlin.
Not that Obama …
Here are two positions an intellectually honest person can hold simultaneously:
First, Russian President Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian who, though no Josef Stalin, subverts human rights and is generally antagonistic to the idealistic aims of the United States. When …
The Ancient Foreign Policy
For the last eight years, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes, and Susan Rice have sought to rewrite the traditional approach to foreign policy. In various ways, they have warned us about the dangers that a …
Krauthammer’s Take: Putin Keeps Succeeding Because the Obama Administration ‘Does Nothing’
Taking the growing conflict over Russia’s role in the election as the latest example, Charles Krauthammer says that the reason for Putin’s recent success has been an Obama administration that does nothing to deter him:
Putin is actually …
Obama’s Policy on Saudi Arabia Is Based in Delusion and Ego
In protest against Saudi Arabia’s military-targeting procedures in Yemen, the White House is suspending some arms transfers to the Kingdom. But rhetoric aside, it’s a half-hearted move.
The U.S. will continue supporting refueling missions for Saudi jets …
Russia Didn’t Make Hillary Lose. Nor Is It Trump’s Friend.
It’s in the nature of nation-states, especially those with pretensions to global influence, to insinuate themselves into the domestic operations of their neighbors near and far, and Vladimir Putin’s Russia has not exactly disguised its ambitions. Just ask …
What Russia and Putin Have and Have Not Accomplished
Let’s get this out of the way first and foremost: While there is plenty of evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 election — for the sake of sowing doubt and uncertainty, undermining the then-likely future president (Hillary), and/or trying …