Tag Archives: Russia

Nuclear football

Republicans are playing political games with a treaty to help secure Russian nukes. Even the most uncontroversial laws are now being held hostage by the Republican party. Sadly, our government simply isn’t designed for this level of partisanship. Link

Perspective

Sure our economy is in shambles, but at least we don’t have to worry about radiation from burning nuclear forests. Picture of Russian wildfire from Boston.com. Update: This.

Cold War Leftovers

Yesterday was the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbolic event in the dissolution of the Cold War stasis that had divided Europe since the end of World War II. Many countries of Central and Eastern Europe have emerged from that past to adapt well to market economics and prosper. There have […]

The US Abroad: Languages And National Interest In Central Asia

My last piece asked the question “How much longer will we remain militarily engaged in Afghanistan?”. With a presidential election approaching on August 20th, there could be a decent indication in the aftermath of some goal reached within whatever parameters the US has put up if it goes well. Afghanistan though, seems to not be […]

Don’t worry about Russian submarines

A couple of days ago the NY Times reported that Russian attack submarines were spotted off the eastern seaboard of the United States: While the submarines have not taken any provocative action beyond their presence outside territorial waters of the United States, officials expressed wariness over the Kremlin’s motivation for ordering such an unusual mission. “Anytime […]

McCain's Tiny-'gate'

McCain has a new advertisement, titled “Tiny,” that attempts to set a new low in the political game of taking your opponent out of context. Here’s the ad: For those without sound, the narrator in McCain’s ad states the following: “Obama says Iran is a ‘tiny’ country. ‘Doesn’t pose a serious threat.’ Terrorism? Destroying Israel? […]

Russia backed into a corner

It’s easy and perversely comforting to think of the world as bipolar. Good vs. Evil. Communist vs. Capitalist. Democratic vs. Autocratic. USA vs. Russia. But the world isn’t so simple (despite what John McCain may think). Despite whatever comfort simplified labels give us, Russia is not an evil imperial power hellbent on invading all of […]

Invasions in 2006 vs. 2008

Remember back in 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon because of a border skirmish? Back then, the international community condemned Israel for their disproportionate military response. This was what George Bush had to say back then: The recent crisis in the region was triggered by the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by the terrorist group Hezbollah and […]

Amazing Midweek Roundup: Steamy S. America, Burning N. America and a Gassy EU

Russia deepens Ukraine gas cuts Russia has basically cut gas supplies to 50%. The EU, at this point, really has no back-up plan and no foreseeable way until a few years down the line to not be heavily reliant on Russian gas lines from Ukraine and Belarus. For Russia, this is a great position to […]

Terrorism is distracting America

John Kerry was right. In 2004, Kerry said “We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives but they’re a nuisance.” He said he we had to contain it, so “it’s not threatening the fabric of your life.” Bush’s response was predictably insulting, simpleminded and […]