Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?

"The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century," said Russia’s new ruler Vladimir Putin in his 2005 state of the nation address. "As for the Russian people," Putin went on, "it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes … Continue reading “Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?”

Why Would US Give a War Guarantee – to Finland?

Seeing Russia invade Ukraine, historically neutral Finland has undergone a late conversion and decided to join NATO immediately. Why? Because NATO membership means the world’s strongest power, the United States, under Article 5 of NATO, would go to war against Russia, should it cross Finland’s border. Nervous about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions, Finland wants … Continue reading “Why Would US Give a War Guarantee – to Finland?”

Is Ukraine’s War Now America’s War?

Last week, sources leaked to The New York Times that, in Ukraine’s targeting and killing of Russian generals and the sinking of Russia’s Black Sea flagship, the Moskva, U.S. intelligence played an indispensable role. Apparently, our intel people identified and located for the Ukrainian forces what became the targets of their deadly attacks. Why US … Continue reading “Is Ukraine’s War Now America’s War?”

Will Putin Submit to US-Imposed ‘Weakening’?

"Once war is forced upon us, there is no alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory – not prolonged indecision." So said Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his April 1951 address to Congress after being fired by President Harry Truman as commander in chief … Continue reading “Will Putin Submit to US-Imposed ‘Weakening’?”

First Priority – Avoid US War With Russia

Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come. Russian President Vladimir Putin "will only stop when we stop him," said Coons. "We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that … we in Congress and the administration … Continue reading “First Priority – Avoid US War With Russia”

Should We Commit to Fight Russia – for Finland?

The prime ministers of Sweden and Finland, Magdalena Andersson and Sanna Marin, both signaled Wednesday that they will likely be applying for membership in NATO. The "prospect" is most "welcome," says The Washington Post: "Finland and Sweden Should Join NATO." The editorial was titled "A Way To Punish Putin." Before joining the rejoicing in NATO … Continue reading “Should We Commit to Fight Russia – for Finland?”

Who Wins, Who Loses Gen. Milley’s Long War?

Speaking of the seven-week war in Ukraine ignited by Vladimir Putin, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is warning us to expect a war that lasts for years. "I do think this is a very protracted conflict … measured in years," Milley told Congress. "I don’t know about a decade, but … Continue reading “Who Wins, Who Loses Gen. Milley’s Long War?”

Is Global ‘Democracy’ America’s Mission?

"In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security," said President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address. "This is a real test. It’s going to take time." Thus did Biden frame the struggle of our time … Continue reading “Is Global ‘Democracy’ America’s Mission?”

Insult Diplomacy: Does Biden’s Vilification of Putin Help?

Several weeks into the war in Ukraine, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Joe Biden if he agreed with those who call Russian President Vladimir Putin "a killer." "I do," said Biden. Since calling Putin a killer, Biden has progressed to calling him "a war criminal," "a murderous dictator," "a pure thug" and "a butcher." It … Continue reading “Insult Diplomacy: Does Biden’s Vilification of Putin Help?”

Is Victory for Ukraine Worth Risking Nuclear War?

During the 70 years that the Soviet Union existed, Ukraine was an integral part of the nation. Yet this geographic and political reality posed no threat to the United States. A Russia and a Ukraine, both inside the USSR, was an accepted reality that was seen as no threat for the seven decades that they … Continue reading “Is Victory for Ukraine Worth Risking Nuclear War?”