If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning

Sequels are so often disappointing; I'd love to meet someone who thought Independence Day 2 was an improvement.  So it is with so-called Cold War 2.0: it can certainly feel meaningless, as Moscow doesn't hope to raise a hammer and sickle above the White House. Perhaps it's better to refer to it as Cold War 1.5, a … Continue reading If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning

Mission Accomplished for Putin in Syria? Well, yes and no.

Six months ago, Putin stunned just about everyone by sending Russian forces off to a distant war in the Middle East.  Folly, cried many, including myself, for the Middle East is an ugly morass of conflict that siphons power and undermines great states. Now, Putin is pulling most of his forces out.  Once more, just … Continue reading Mission Accomplished for Putin in Syria? Well, yes and no.

No Good Options: Why The U.S. Dithers In Syria

Haters do hate, and many of President Obama's greatest haters despise what he's done about Syria; or, more accurately, what he hasn't done.  Some of that criticism is fair, but much of it is not, for Syria is not worth the blood, treasure, or time of the United States when there are much bigger, nuclear-armed … Continue reading No Good Options: Why The U.S. Dithers In Syria

Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War

As we are wont to do these days, we cry out, "The Russians are coming!"  But their next move is not further into Eastern Europe, where too many eyes are trained and a slowly gathering NATO grande armee is being assembled. It is into another, older civil war that Russian power is now deployed: Syria. … Continue reading Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War