When Is a Rose Not a Rose?

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 5:50 pm

You may be noticing the slightly confused expression on Obama’s face when he talks about the foreign affairs these days: he almost seems to be apologizing for contradictions that are obvious to even the most casual observers.

 

Ukraine’s Vietnam?

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 5:20 pm

Moon of Alabama’s ‘b’ wrote on April 30 that the Ukraine regime would not be able to defeat the insurgency in the east and that that reality would eventually force a negotiated settlement. The settlement would leave Ukraine neutral and/or balanced economically and militarily between Russia and the West. In other words, the inevitable outcome is the one favored by Russia and most of the protestors in Ukraine’s south and east.

Another outcome was also possible.

Putin Pivots to China

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Today, Vladimir Putin travels to Shanghai to finalize a huge gas deal with China. The agreement, ten years in the making, guarantees the sale of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to China for the next 30 years.

Russia most likely will sell the gas at $350-380 per 1,000 cubic meters, a slight discount from the price Gazprom quoted last January.

Listening In on Putin: Biden and the Ukraine

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 6:40 am

NSA Intercept X19/Alpha Bravo, 26APR2014, 23:12ZULU
COMSEC NOFORN
DO NOT/NOT RELEASE TO EDWARD SNOWDEN
NOTE: IF A GUY CALLS AND SAYS HE’S “BILL” SNOWDEN, IT’S EDWARD AND DO NOT/NOT RELEASE
Access Code: pa$$word

(NSA sends excerpt intercept, between Russian Vladimir Putin and unnamed aide)

Senate Candidate Endorsed By Condoleeza Rice Taking Money From Putinist Oligarch

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:01 am

Well this is embarrassing. A Republican US Senate Candidate in Alaska, Dan Sullivan, who was endorsed by former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, is apparently taking money from a pro-Putin oligarch.

The Department of Good Timing

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 1:30 am

I imagine there are more appropriate times to emphasize just how capable of wretched behavior you can be…but when has good taste and rationality ever been a problem for Franklin Graham?

From the Stage of the Oscars to a Concert in Kiev: Jared Leto Goes to Ukraine

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Last night, the war zone that’s been the city of Kiev took a musical turn as bands descended into Ukraine to show solidarity and support for the protesters.

NATO to Offer Membership to Russia

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 3:59 pm

NATO will now span the complete Northern Hemisphere, visible from Wasilla in the West to Wasilla in the East, and thus will be free from East-West conflicts. This enables NATO to pivot to the south from its pivot to the west, following its pivot to the east, after navel gazing since extirpating the Native Americans.

Why We Shouldn’t Invade Random Countries

By: Monday March 3, 2014 8:10 am

A big reason why we shouldn’t invade random countries on flimsy pretexts, besides being a waste of money and destructive of life, is it completely undermines our moral authority. I wish our Secretary of State could say something like, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. [...]

Russia Moves on Ukraine

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 8:07 am

The Crimea’s new prime minister Serhiy Aksyonov took control of the military and the police, appealing to Russia for help.

The Russian Parliament voted to send troops into the Ukraine.

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