Remembering Our Friends on 9/11

The first world leader to call President George W. Bush after 9/11 was Vladimir Putin. In fact, he had called him two days before, on September 9, to warn Bush that, based on unfolding events he had observed in the environment, he had "a foreboding that something was about to happen, something long in preparation." … Continue reading “Remembering Our Friends on 9/11”

‘Painful March for Freedom’: The Triumphant Legacy of Palestinian Prisoners

"As soon as I left prison, I went to Nael’s grave. It is adorned with the colors of the Palestinian flag and verses from the Holy Quran. I told my little brother how much I loved and appreciated him, and that, one day, we would meet again in paradise." The above is part of a … Continue reading “‘Painful March for Freedom’: The Triumphant Legacy of Palestinian Prisoners”

Three Words That Describe the Russo-Ukrainian War

There is a single word that is best suited to describe the position of Moscow, Washington, and Kyiv regarding the Russo-Ukrainian war – intractable. Six months into to the war and it appears that nothing can be done to bring these parties to the negotiating table. All three governments remain as thoroughly entrenched in their … Continue reading “Three Words That Describe the Russo-Ukrainian War”

How the West Brought War to Ukraine

The Ukraine war has generated great controversy, but of one point there can be no doubt, and Benjamin Abelow, a physician with a longstanding interest in public affairs, has properly emphasized this in his brief and excellent book. The policy of the United States toward the war, and more generally toward the Russian regime of … Continue reading “How the West Brought War to Ukraine”

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”

How the War Is Choreographing Russia’s New Stance

The horrific war in Ukraine is, tragically, far from over with no end in sight. Whether the world that emerges will be unipolar or multipolar, one thing is certain: the world is now more polarized. The war in Ukraine is a threshold that, having been crossed, forces Russia to face two certain premises. The first … Continue reading “How the War Is Choreographing Russia’s New Stance”

Veteran Intelligence Professionals: Ukraine Decision Time for Biden

September 5, 2022 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Ukraine Decision Time REF: Nukes Cannot be Un-Invented, VIPS Mr. President: Before Defense Secretary Austin flies off to Ramstein for the meeting Thursday of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group we owe you a few words of caution occasioned by our many … Continue reading “Veteran Intelligence Professionals: Ukraine Decision Time for Biden”