Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?

At President Putin’s press conference right after yesterday’s summit meeting with President Biden, Euronews journalist Galina Polonskaya asked Putin if he had reached "a new level of trust with the U.S. president." In response, Putin quoted Leo Tolstoy: "Tolstoy once said, there is no happiness in life, only lightening flashes (зарницы) of it – cherish … Continue reading “Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?”

Trust Lacking at Blah Summit

Aside from establishing face-to-face contact between the the two presidents, the Biden-Putin summit today met only the most modest expectations of those hoping for improved ties between the U.S. and Russia. By the same token, weapons makers and others profiteering on tension with Russia, and living in fear of a thaw in bilateral relations, can … Continue reading “Trust Lacking at Blah Summit”

Biden-Putin Summit: Boon or Bust?

Reading the tea leaves a week before Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva puts a premium on the kind of media analysis we old-school Kremlinologists had to rely on back in the day. Not all rhetoric is equal though; it is just as important to make an honest attempt to reconstruct the … Continue reading “Biden-Putin Summit: Boon or Bust?”

Is the Biden-Putin Summit Doomed?

President Joe Biden’s advisers had best warn him that a shifting "world correlation of forces" (to borrow an old Soviet term) will form an influential backdrop to the U.S.- Russia summit planned for June 16 in Geneva. While China, of course, will not be taking part in the discussions, it will be very much there. … Continue reading “Is the Biden-Putin Summit Doomed?”

Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

Netanyahu’s own words, videotaped two decades ago, show his disdain for the malleability of former U.S. presidents. As it turns out, Netanyahu had good reason to hold them in contempt as he "maneuvered" around them to ensure unstinting American support for status-quo Israeli domination of the Palestinians. How about now? Will he see President Biden … Continue reading “Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?”

Putin Isn’t Bluffing on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stern warning earlier today not to cross what he called Russia’s "red line" needs to be taken seriously. The more so, as Russia builds up its military capability to respond to any provocations from hotheads in Ukraine and from those in Washington telling them they can give Russia a bloody nose … Continue reading “Putin Isn’t Bluffing on Ukraine”

Oh, No! Al-Qaeda Out of Cave on 9/12!

The current discussion on the planned withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan centers on a benighted belief that my former CIA analyst-colleague Paul Pillar exposed 12 years ago. Paul called it the "key tenet that Afghanistan must not be allowed to again become a haven for terrorist groups, especially al-Qaeda". With Sunday’s Washington … Continue reading “Oh, No! Al-Qaeda Out of Cave on 9/12!”

Biden and Blinken Blink on Ukraine

President Joe Biden has now taken a waiver on the "unwavering", full-throated support that he, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had been giving to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The recurring "unwavering" meme was played right up until late Tuesday after Biden’s telephone talk with Putin Tuesday. Zelensky’ earlier profession … Continue reading “Biden and Blinken Blink on Ukraine”

Stephanopoulos, Blinken Score Win for MICIMATT

Interviewed Wednesday on The Critical Hour, I took issue with the prevailing conventional view that George Stephanopoulos’s mousetrapping President Biden into calling Putin a "killer" and Secretary of State Blinken’s boorish attempt to get China to kowtow in Alaska were "disastrous". One must always ask cui bono? Who profits from those two "disasters". Were they … Continue reading “Stephanopoulos, Blinken Score Win for MICIMATT”

Will Lloyd Austin Speak Truth on Afghanistan?

Afghanistan: Stay or Go? The final decision will depend largely on whether Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin can face down white White House armchair warriors allergic to "losing" wars already long lost, as well as arms makers profiteering on the ones that drag on for decades. Austin has had up-close experience with both of these … Continue reading “Will Lloyd Austin Speak Truth on Afghanistan?”