NATO’s Phony (and Dangerous) Nonbelligerent Status Regarding the Ukraine War

U.S. leaders and their media allies have fostered numerous, self-serving myths about the war in Ukraine. One myth is that Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine was entirely unprovoked, since NATO’s expansion to Russia’s border was not a hostile act. Another fable is that Ukraine is a freedom-loving democracy. Still another is that the Russia-Ukraine … Continue reading “NATO’s Phony (and Dangerous) Nonbelligerent Status Regarding the Ukraine War”

Using Ukraine as a Bloodied Pawn

U.S. and NATO officials routinely contend that assisting Ukraine in its war against Russia is a moral as well as a strategic imperative. Ukraine is supposedly on the frontlines of a global struggle between democracy and freedom on one side and brutal authoritarianism on the other. That justification lacks credibility for two reasons. First, Ukraine … Continue reading “Using Ukraine as a Bloodied Pawn”

How Will the Blob React if Ukraine Faces Defeat?

Given Ukraine’s surprisingly effective counteroffensive against Russian forces in the autumn of 2022, there has been an increasing focus among Western officials and their media allies about Russia’s probable response to an overall Ukrainian triumph in the war. There has been far less discussion about how the United States and its European partners will respond … Continue reading “How Will the Blob React if Ukraine Faces Defeat?”

Why Are Critics Afraid To Confront the Ukraine Lobby?

There is a concerted effort in the United States and Europe to intimidate, smear, and silence anyone who dares criticize Ukraine’s government or the Biden administration’s policy on the Russia-Ukraine war. The latest example was the decision of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to retract an open letter it had sent to the president just days … Continue reading “Why Are Critics Afraid To Confront the Ukraine Lobby?”

Why Are Critics Afraid To Confront the Ukraine Lobby?

There is a concerted effort in the United States and Europe to intimidate, smear, and silence anyone who dares criticize Ukraine’s government or the Biden administration’s policy on the Russia-Ukraine war. The latest example was the decision of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to retract an open letter it had sent to the president just days … Continue reading “Why Are Critics Afraid To Confront the Ukraine Lobby?”

The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy

President Biden’s boast shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the world stood united against Moscow’s aggression is increasingly detached from reality. Indeed, it has reached the point of deserving mockery. Walter Russell Mead, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, provided a devastating, early assessment of how Washington’s effort to isolate Russia was failing. "The … Continue reading “The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy”

Sweden and Finland May Be Making a Fatal Blunder

US and other Western leaders are beaming at the impending addition of Sweden and Finland to NATO, although there still is an outside chance that Turkey might block their admission to the Alliance. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted darkly that he may do so, unless the two candidate countries make certain concessions. He … Continue reading “Sweden and Finland May Be Making a Fatal Blunder”

Washington Is Making the Same Blunder Regarding Taiwan That It Did in Ukraine

Tensions between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are rising sharply over the Taiwan issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stated intention to include a stop in Taipei to meet with Taiwanese officials during her forthcoming trip to East Asia is the latest source of trouble. Pelosi apparently escalated that provocation further … Continue reading “Washington Is Making the Same Blunder Regarding Taiwan That It Did in Ukraine”

Congress Is Willingly Abdicating Its War Powers Again

The U.S. Constitution explicitly gives Congress, not the president, the authority to determine if the republic should go to war. Unfortunately, that fundamental point is now little more than a quaint historical footnote. Congress has issued no declarations of war since the early 1940s, when it did so against Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and other … Continue reading “Congress Is Willingly Abdicating Its War Powers Again”

The Closer Ukraine Gets to Victory, the Closer the World Comes to Nuclear War

The United States and its NATO allies now seem fully committed to a strategy of helping Ukraine to win its war against Russia. President Biden’s May 31, 2022, announcement that Washington intends to give Ukrainian forces advanced rocket systems capable of striking targets at long range is the latest evidence of that determination. Kyiv supposedly … Continue reading “The Closer Ukraine Gets to Victory, the Closer the World Comes to Nuclear War”