We have one of the greatest bad guys ever conceived to play the enemy in Cold War II, and, frankly, we are going to have to dig deep to take home the trophy this time.
The "strong leader" Republicans admire has presided over a country which provides little economic freedom, and has helped the country fall from moderate levels of freedom to dictatorship according to Freedom House, everything they accuse Obama of doing in America.
The suburban office parks that started to go up in the 1950s in the golden age of the automobile and cheap gasoline, are, like suburban malls and big-box stores, generally boring and sterile places, with forgettable knock-off Modernist or Post-Modernist architecture and vast parking lots. Most have not aged well.
It looks more and more like the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 over the Ukraine could be the "Ferdinand moment" that, though it may not lead in 2014 to a 1914-type world war, is clearly accelerating the splitting up of the post-Cold War world into blocs. (The analogy is to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist that set in motion the chain of events that led to World War I.) Artyom Lukin writes from Vladivostock that the stiffer sanctions imposed on Russia are pushing it further into a formal alliance with China against the West. Ivan Sukhov writes from Moscow that the sanctions may well end up achieving the dream of hard-line nationalists whose very aim is to "close Russia's window to the West." On this centennial anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, seven Harvard scholars list the lessons of 1914 for today.
It sounds like a headline from the European version of The Onion, but Viktor Orbán, months from winning a landslide reelection in April, announced his intentions to turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state,' modeled after China or Russia.
Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.
In addition to the military crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of pro-Russian separatist rebels, Kiev now confronts a growing political crisis as the country gears up for new elections. What can we expect from the Ukrainian right, and how will nationalist forces seek to profit from escalating tensions with Russia?
The government has determined that Russia is in violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This violated raises the obvious question of what is to be done. In considering its options, the Obama administration has at least two historical models to follow.
Isn't it strange that the GOP, the political party that has heretofore consistently and vociferously opposed frivolous lawsuits, spurious malpractice claims and the trail lawyers' lobby, has now decided to spend taxpayer money to hire trial lawyers to bring what is essentially a frivolous malpractice lawsuit against President Obama?
In light of the history, Argentina seems like the last country one would expect to embrace Russia and Vladimir Putin.
It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.
The brilliance of Putinism lies in the regime's management of the public's habitual cynicism by appropriating the tools of conspiracy-mongering.
The American company, Raytheon, manufactured approximately 40,000 HAWK missile systems that have been sold to and operated by numerous countries including, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc. So one of my questions is: where are all of these HAWK missile systems?
This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.
The U.S. is paying a terrible toll for our hubris in thinking we could reshape the globe (thanks neocons) and the rhetoric condemning Obama for not caring simply ignores reality.
Before this war in Ukraine claims more victims and sends U.S.-Russian relations into a deep freeze, both Obama and Putin need to realize that both sides benefit a great deal more from cooperation than confrontation.