Russia

Celebrating 200 Years of Communism

Two hundred years ago Karl Marx was born. He belongs in a small but important category: people who should never have existed. Unfortunately, we can’t retroactively erase him from history. But we shouldn’t treat his life like something to celebrate.

Conservative Senators Must Oppose Gina Haspel For CIA Director

In her testimony yesterday, Gina Haspel gave conservatives a rare insight into how operatives of the Deep State think and work – and it should scare everyone who saw it or has read about it. What’s more, Haspel gave conservatives concerned about Russia, China and the war Islam has declared on the West absolutely no reason to vote for her.

Trump Begins To Confront The Danger Of Iran

President Trump has made the right decision to take us out of the Obama nuclear weapons deal by reimposing sanctions on Iran and assembling a broad coalition to counter the totality of the regime’s malign activities. However, those “malign activities” are not things that only occur in the Middle East, Iran is conducting a war against us right here in the United States and fighting them here needs to be part of the President's new policy.

Conservatives Question Possible Syria Strike

The Constitution gives the war-making power to Congress, not the executive branch. "Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line,” Senator Rand Paul tweeted, referring to President Trump’s tweet singling out Russia for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

U.S. Sells Out Kurds, Reminding America Why it Should Just Stay Home

Despite working with the Kurds against ISIS, the administration has no stomach for a military game of chicken with Turkey. Which means the U.S. almost certainly would abandon the Kurds again if the Turks attack Manbij.

Friend or foe? Trump keeps everyone guessing on Russia

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump's expulsion of Russian "diplomats" on Monday was certainly bigger than any retribution exacted by former President Barack Obama. Yet Trump has often seemed like an outlier inside his own administration, reluctant to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Russia and frequently tepid when doing so. This extends from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to the recent attack in the United Kingdom to congratulating Putin on a tainted election victory despite reported advice to the contrary.

Time to Get Over the Russophobia

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We Americans have far more fish to fry with Russia than Bibi Netanyahu. Strategic arms control. De-escalation in the Baltic, Ukraine and the Black Sea. Ending the war in Syria. North Korea. Space. Afghanistan. The Arctic. The war on terror. Yet all we seem to hear from our elite is endless whining that Putin has not been sanctioned enough for desecrating "our democracy." Get over it.

Are We Losing The Middle East War To Iran?

If our goal is to block Iran’s aspirations in Syria, but neither the United States nor Israel has been able to stop the proliferation of Iranian bases in Syria, then it looks to us like we, and the Israelis, are losing. The question for Gen. Votel and other commanders then becomes, if we are presently losing, what’s it going to take to win?

The Real Russian Disaster

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The verdict on Russia, the Obama administration, and the Clinton campaign is now becoming clearer. At very little cost, Russia has embarrassed American democracy, played the media for the partisans they are, completely discredited the Clinton campaign and name, and created a year of nonstop hysteria to undermine the Trump administration. And it is not over yet.

Trump and Obama: Who's really tougher on Russia?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There are Republicans who would like to see the Trump administration be tougher still on Russia. Long before the 2016 election, they urged Bush and Obama to take a harder line against Putin. There is still much that President Trump could do. But when it comes to comparing Trump and Obama, those Republicans ask that Americans look at the whole picture, and not just a fight over Facebook ads.

Fighting Russian Interference In American Politics

It shouldn’t take a Special Counsel investigation to identify and expose Russian activities we know have been going on for a century.  It is time for America to get back in the counterintelligence fight by cleaning house and getting rid of incompetent counterintelligence operatives such as the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it is time for Congress, as it did with the HUAC investigations, to plumb the full depth of Russian efforts to sow discord in our country.

Mueller’s Sop to the Slavering Media

David Catron, The American Spectator

When Hillary Clinton began blaming her defeat on the Russians, the media picked up the theme. And, when Robert Mueller was assigned to look into those charges, Watergate began dancing like sugarplums through their heads. But Mueller can indict 13 Russian nationals or 13 ham sandwiches. It means nothing if the President’s supporters go to the polls in November and crush the Democrats. That will protect him from impeachment, and will also have the salubrious effect of driving the media around the bend.

#Russiagate: The Second Time as Farce... or Tragedy?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

So many people are on the brink of being humiliated -- the Democratic Party, the Department of Justice, the FBI and, most of all, the mainstream media -- that they will not take it even close to lying down and certainly not with a laugh.  Not a single one of them appears to have anything close to the self-knowledge required or the faintest sense of humor. They're going to fight to the bitter end -- all of ours.

Run Operation Iron Mask against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is almost unique to the degree that power is exercised by one man. However, rather than taking "Little Rocket Man" out through violent regime change CHQ contributor Doug Bandow offers a not entirely tongue in cheek plan to substitute a new Kim Jong-un for the real one.

Digital Tyrants Enable Political Tyrants

The internet was once hailed as the ultimate channel for free expression and democratizing the world, but the worldwide web’s promise of unlimited free expression is being quickly eroded by the alliance between political tyrants anxious to retain their power and digital tyrants anxious to retain their power – and make money.

Why Don’t Europeans Provide Troops for Europe’s Defense?

Long after the close of World War II, the Western Europeans have recovered economically, overturned alien communist regimes, and absorbed Central and Eastern European states into the European project. Collectively they vastly outstrip the remains of the Soviet Union, so why won't they defend themselves?

Make a Deal with Russia: Neutralize Ukraine, End NATO Expansion

Taking NATO membership off the table would remove Moscow’s incentive to keep the Ukrainian conflict alive. Ukraine could develop economically and politically as it wished. Sanctions could end, encouraging economic integration from Europe through Ukraine onto Russia.

General Mike Flynn’s Only Crime

In Afghanistan and at the DIA Mike Flynn proved that his adversaries were shallow, small minded and incompetent against America’s greatest enemies, but in their shallowness, small mindedness and incompetence they were still vicious enough and tenacious enough to get him.

Navigating the Middle East Mess Left by Obama and Bush

If President Trump is serious about countering Iranian aggression and repairing the mess in the Middle East left by Obama and Bush, then steps must be taken across the region, otherwise Iran will assert political and economic dominance over the entire northern tier of the Middle East and become the Middle East’s Shi’ite superpower.

What really happened with the GOP platform and Russia

Byron York, Washington Examiner

During the 2016 Republican convention, the story goes, the Trump campaign weakened a critical passage in the GOP platform to go easy on Russia. The Trump team acted, according to this narrative, as part of an ongoing conspiracy with Russian President Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the White House. But that is not what happened. In fact, an already-tough portion of the Republican platform dealing with Russia was strengthened, not weakened, at the GOP convention.