Russia

#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.

The Bolshevik Revolution: A Century of Death and Destruction

Communist rulers both murdered promiscuously and implemented policies which resulted in mass death, through famine, for instance. The hardship, including poverty, starvation, oppression, and inhumanity, is incalculable. Equally brutal was the assault on the human spirit.

A Hidden Scandal Worse Than Uranium One

What could be worse than giving 20 percent of our uranium to Russia? How about giving a 35-year lease to one of America’s largest container ports to a Middle Eastern company with ties to Iran, North Korea, a Russian missile company, and the evil genius behind Saddam Hussein’s miniature nuclear warhead program?

Media convinced Russia tipped the election to Trump

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner

The theory that Russia directly tipped the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor has become an established fact in the wake of the indictments against two of President Trump’s former campaign hands, according to some in the media. As of yet, the Mueller investigation has not made any public pronouncements on the collusion allegations or Russia’s attempts to manipulate the election.

Can the U.S.-Turkish Alliance Survive Erdogan’s Misrule?

Turkey's Islamist President and wannabe Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan has destroyed the pretense that Turkey and America are allies. The Trump administration now must defend America’s interests and values from Turkey.

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?

War With North Korea Is Not An Option

Stepping back militarily and allowing the prosperous and populous states of South Korea, Japan and Australia to take over their own defense surely is better than starting the very war Washington has spent 64 years attempting to prevent.

Brent Bozell: The Russian Facebook Fizzle

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The media outlets most deeply invested in the narrative about Russia having somehow masterfully manipulated the 2016 election are beginning to struggle as the actual facts tumble out. Getting a closer look at the Russia Facebook postings doesn't help the Sore Loser Chorus. In fact, it demolishes it. Nothing the Clintonistas have cited as the "real killers" of her presidential hopes has turned out to be true.

Will Reelected Chancellor Merkel Spend the Money Necessary to Defend Germany?

Donald Trump’s criticisms of Europe and NATO are well-founded. Washington should stop providing the international equivalent of welfare for nations, such as Angela Merkel's Germany, that can and should defend themselves.

Strike a Deal with China on North Korea

The administration’s best shot would be to mix diplomacy and sanctions in an initiative backed by the Chinese. But winning that assistance requires persuasion rather than compulsion. The administration must convince Beijing that pressing the North further is in China’s interest as well as America’s interest.

Throwing Away the Russian Card

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The key to dictatorial Russia is to neither love nor hate it. Rather, the U.S. should win its respect — and fear — by quiet shows of strength in protecting our interests. And we should seek areas — like the menace of North Korea — where our big-power interests might merge and where we each can show China that its behavior will earn it as many worries for itself as its North Korean client now poses to others.

Vice President Pence versus President Trump on Foreign Policy

Washington should stop thinking of containment. Rather, the Trump administration should begin disengagement, devolving onto the Europeans responsibility for their defense.

Mueller’s Grand Jury: What It Means

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

In the higher interest of his capacity to function as president and our capacity to hold our political representatives accountable, President Trump and the American people should be told whether he is suspected of criminal wrongdoing and, if so, what wrongdoing.