Bad Times for the Good Guys on the National Security Front

This story is filled with references to anonymous sources, so I am trying my hardest to take it with a grain of salt. But it still reads as being plausible, which is why it still worries me: UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China have access to classified information which reveals how …

Edward Snowden Betrayed His Country, and We Should Thank Max Boot for Saying So

Max Boot may have attracted the ire of Glenn Greenwald for speaking the truth about Edward Snowden, but there is no shame in that. "A bit dog barks," and as Edward Snowden's chief apologist, Glenn Greenwald barks every time someone tells the truth about Snowden. The yelping may be juvenile and annoying, but that shouldn't …

Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Puppet

I have written in the past about Stephen Cohen and his habit of writing apologias on behalf of the Putin regime. Comes now this piece to shed further light on Cohen's habit of using whatever intellectual and moral credibility he has left--and it ain't much--to characterize even the worst Putinesque behavior in the best possible light: …

“This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time”

The tentative nuclear agreement with Iran was initially hailed as a triumph of diplomacy on the part of the Obama administration. But the more one examines the deal, the more one ought to be concerned about its terms. For starters, it is worth noting that no less than the president of the United States has …

So, Rand Paul Is Running for President . . .

And just in time for the start of his campaign, we have a report that his father, former congressman Ron Paul, has a think tank staffed with members who work as hard as they possibly can in order to make Vladimir Putin look good: Numerous members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity have …

Quote of the Day

Andrei Sakharov must be rolling in his grave. The late Russian nuclear physicist was the most prominent dissident in the Soviet Union. For his warnings against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in defense of basic civil rights, the Kremlin targeted him with vicious slander campaigns and forced him into internal exile. When Sakharov won …

An Update on Russian Belligerence

The Vladimir Putin regime does not allow any grass to grow under its feet. There may be plenty of problems in the world, but the Putin regime--ever industrious--never hesitates to try to add to them. We have, for example, a purported threat by the Russians to use "nuclear force"  in order "to defend its annexation …

The Decline and Fall of American Foreign Policy

American foreign policy is--to put matters bluntly--in free-fall. The United States is significantly less able to influence events around the world, it is not trusted or respected by allies, and it has undermined its negotiating position with Iran in the nuclear talks by making it abundantly clear that it is desperate for a deal. If …

Russia’s War Against Fracking in Europe

Covered here and here. It should surprise no one that Russia would do this, as realist theory predicts this behavior. Gazprom's profits need to be protected, after all, and those profits would not be protected if Europeans were allowed to engage in hydraulic fracking. But just because the allegations against Russia are not surprising does not mean that …

In which I Agree with James Stavridis

There are many reasons to support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. One such reason is that Vladimir Putin cannot stand the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: President Barack Obama recently spent some quality time with leaders of Asian nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing and again at the G20 Leaders summit, …