Don't go. Slovakia and Bulgaria, while by no means gay paradises, are still havens compared with Russia and provide Slavic vacations with the best of them.
A message to all the dinosaurs out there, including Bryan Fischer, John Kasich, Mike DeWine, Vladimir Putin, the Westboro Baptist Church, One Million ...
Just like that, a big crisis passes into the rear view mirror. But its impact continues, perhaps even more elsewhere.
Ever since Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to throw President Obama a lifeline just as his proposal for intervention in Syria seemed headed for rejection in the House, many have been wondering: What's Russia's endgame?
Our leaders, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, must never forget the character of this man whom they are counting on to rescue them from the Syrian quagmire. Mr. Putin is no white knight.
As the once-too-near and perhaps future disaster of the Syrian crisis is again reminding us, Team America has lost much of its margin for error, shrinking further in a decade of austerity.
Russian diplomat Leonid Kupetsky says that this is an important step for international diplomacy. "The faster President Assad returns to his normal forms of slaughter, the faster the United States, Russia, and the rest of the world can return to ignoring it."
American Exceptionalism is not dead. Hope springs eternal. The very fact that President Putin could publish his criticism of America in The New York Times shows American Exceptionalism is alive.
No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...
This administration is writing its own chapter in the book of Russian-American relations. When that chapter is complete, it will reveal a lamentable story of missteps and misjudgments.
The geo-political power games continue, with indisputably bad people on every side surrounding average, innocent Syrians who live under constant threat of death from all parties involved.
More plot twists in the Syria saga... ...
If the goal is to end the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war; or to find ways of getting practical results in a geopolitical crisis without killing anyone; or to create barriers to American military excursions, it's a very good thing.
Erickson & Reagan debate the deus ex machina of Putin salvaging Obama's Syrian policy after the chemical attack. Looks like 44's smart audibles worked better that 42's "resoluteness" on Iraq and that McGovern's 'come home' approach has prevailed over McCain's more-war.
This week brought the arrival of Op-Ed Diplomacy, as Presidents Putin and Obama (via the brilliant satiric brain of Albert Brooks) took to the New York Times and The Huffington Post respectively to address the ongoing crisis in Syria. Putin, speaking "directly to the American people," extolled international law, made a case against a retaliatory U.S. strike and chided "American exceptionalism," saying that "God created us equal." (Except, of course, for gay people). "Mr. Putin," Obama/Brooks responded, "we put a man on the moon and you barely got a monkey home safely... It's one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad." Putin, "Obama" noted, cares so much for his people, rather than see them argue, he will "graciously offer them the solace of prison." We'll happily publish President Putin's reply -- unless it's from Yakov Smirnoff.
Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!