Is Taiwan’s Independence Worth War?

When a man knows he is about to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully, said Dr. Samuel Johnson. If there is any benefit to be realized from the collision between China and the U.S. over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposed trip to Taiwan, it is this: America needs to reflect long and … Continue reading “Is Taiwan’s Independence Worth War?”

Is a US-Russia War Becoming Inevitable?

At the NATO summit in Madrid, Finland was invited to join the alliance. What does this mean for Finland? If Russian President Vladimir Putin breaches the 830-mile Finnish border, the United States will rise to Helsinki’s defense and fight Russia on Finland’s side. What does Finland’s membership in NATO mean for America? If Putin makes … Continue reading “Is a US-Russia War Becoming Inevitable?”

US and Ukraine, Goals in Conflict

Among the nations aiding Ukraine in its resistance to the Russian invasion, America has been foremost. Yet the war interests of our two nations are not identical. To the U.S., the imperative is that the war be contained, not expanded, and that we not be drawn into a wider war with Russia. For the independence, … Continue reading “US and Ukraine, Goals in Conflict”

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?”