Russia

Is a Trump-Putin Detente Dead?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Believing Putin robbed Hillary Clinton of the presidency, Democrats are bent on revenge—on Putin and Trump. And the epidemic of Russophobia makes it almost impossible to pursue normal relations. Indeed, in reaction to the constant attacks on them as poodles of Putin, the White House seems to be toughening up toward Russia.

The First Casualty In The Deep State’s Coup Against President Trump

There is an anti-constitutional coup taking place in this country. And on Monday the coup plotters registered their first kill: LTG Mike Flynn, President Trump’s national security advisor. In this must-read article we offer conservatives a definitive analysis of how and why the deep state took out General Flynn.

U.S. Should Stop Reassuring South Korea: Status Quo is Brain Dead

The U.S.-South Korea alliance has outlived its usefulness. Instead of reassuring Seoul, the Trump administration should prepare to renegotiate the alliance, creating a looser but more equal cooperative military relationship. South Korea should take on responsibilities commensurate with its capabilities.

Democrats And Establishment Republicans Try To Torpedo Gen. Mike Flynn

Gen. Mike Flynn committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of Democrats and the Republican national security establishment; he wrote a book proving what they have been doing for twenty-five years hasn’t been working. Even more unforgivably, he then managed to place himself next to a President who agrees, and is prepared to take his advice and examine whether the United States can have a new and more productive relationship with Russia.

Washington Officials Should Stop Stressing about the World

Obviously the world is a messy place. But what stresses American policymakers? It’s not the problem of defending the U.S. No other country has a conventional capability to reach America. Thus, America's national security team need not worry about the sort of potential threats facing virtually every other nation.

Remember Mr. President, America first

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump's inauguration speech, in which he repeated and hammered home his message that he would put "America First," makes it plain enough that the new president is not anti-American, as does so much of what he has said during the past 20 months. But his suggestion of moral equivalence between the United States and Putin's Russia throws his own country under the bus.

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

There is no evidence that the Putin government intends to start an aggressive war against Europe, and no alliance member, including the Baltic States and Poland, has boosted military outlays as if it believed conflict was imminent. Rather, the Europeans have concentrated on demanding that America do more.

The ‘Russia Hacked the Election’ Narrative Battle Continues—Are Republicans Paying Attention?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Democrats want Sessions to concede, in effect, that he has a powerful motive to conceal Russia’s espionage — such that he must recuse himself because we cannot trust him to lead a fair and impartial investigation. Implicitly, Sessions would be conceding — and thus cementing — the fiction that “Russia hacked the election.”

Obama: The Arrogance of Failure

President Obama is the most unaccomplished man to ever hold the office and has been given an eight-year free pass and never held to account for his failures; while Donald J. Trump hasn't even been sworn in and is already a human pinata for the snowflake right and the radical left.

Montenegro Doesn’t Belong In NATO

Montenegro is a quaint, but geopolitically irrelevant. Balkan state. If Montenegro's admission to NATO is approved by the full Senate, Americans will have yet another essentially useless defense dependent, this one a corrupt, long-time gangster state.

Trump vs. the Russophobes

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The more toxic Putin-haters can make the Russian president, the more difficult for President Trump to deal with him, even if that is in the vital national interest of the United States. The sort of investigation for which McCain has been clamoring, and the Beltway drums have now begun to beat, could make it almost impossible for President Trump to work with President Putin.

Trump alone can clear suspicion over Russia

Editors, Washington Examiner

Waving away allegations about his ties to Russia by calling them "unverified" isn't adequate. Before taking office, Trump owes it to the public to clear the air. He can do this by laying out real consequences for Russian hacking and meddling, promising real aid to Ukraine, distancing himself from Manafort and shooting straighter on his taxes and his business entanglements.

How to Avoid a New Cold War

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The worst mistake President Trump could make would be to let the Russophobes grab the wheel and steer us into another Cold War that could be as costly as the first, and might not end as peacefully. Reagan’s outstretched hand to Gorbachev worked. Trump has nothing to lose by extending his to Vladimir Putin, and much perhaps to win.

Trump Needs to Drain the Swamp at the Obama Pentagon

The neo-con counter to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” seems to be shaping up to be “Make Russia Evil Again.” If President-elect Trump wants to drain the swamp in DC, and formulate a new national security policy focused on winning cyberwarfare battles and eradicating ISIS and militant Islam, he should start by draining Obama’s Pentagon.

Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Let’s not pretend the “Russia hacked the election” farce is anything other than what it is: a scheme by the Democrat-media complex to rationalize a do-over — to persuade the Electoral College that it is not bound by the election results. The spectacle we’re watching has nothing to do with Russia.

Exxon's Tillerson and Putin's Russia

Editors, Washington Examiner

Tillerson can emerge from his confirmation hearings with his reputation enhanced and with senators confident in Trump's choice. But they will not do so unless he is cogent and convincing in dealing with the question of Russia, and in allaying concerns that America's relations with that rogue state have suddenly taken a sharp and disquieting turn.

Today Turkey is More Foe than Friend of America

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has accommodated the Islamic State, allowing passage of men and materiel into Syria and facilitated the sale of oil seized by the violent jihadists. Turkey increasingly thwarts U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Don’t Include Corrupt, Military Midget Montenegro in NATO

Candidate Donald Trump got NATO right. When it includes states like Montenegro it no longer serves America’s defense. He should speak on behalf of the American people who are expected to pay for everyone else.

Conservatives Demand Action Against Foreign-Funded Anti-Trump Violence

A group of conservative leaders is urging both houses of Congress to “establish and fund permanent standing committees to conduct hearings and investigations, take testimony, and issue reports on all foreign-funded influence operations inside the United States, and on organizations and movements and fraudulent tax-exempt foundations devoted to the overthrow of the Constitution of the United States.”