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Putin’s Narrowing Options
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Putin’s Narrowing Options

In Putin’s War, the tide is turning against the Russians, and Putin faces the prospect of having been the ruler who launched Russia's least necessary war. His situation is growing desperate.

Is a US-Russia War Becoming Inevitable?
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Is a US-Russia War Becoming Inevitable?

America is now in a military alliance with Finland—the newest member of NATO. No Cold War president would have risked the survival of our nation to defend a distant country that has never been a U.S. vital interest.

Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?
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Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?

The advance of U.S.-led NATO is shrinking the buffer of neutral territories that were once Russian lands. But if the West continues to isolate Russia, there is only one direction it can go: to the East, and China.

Alito 5 Must Stay the Course
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Alito 5 Must Stay the Course

In February, five Supreme Court Justices voted in camera to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue of abortion back to the states, where it resided until 1973. Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett had all signed on to the majority opinion overturning Roe that had been drafted by...

Are Biden Democrats Holding a Losing Hand?
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Are Biden Democrats Holding a Losing Hand?

“Sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.” In the movie classic Cool Hand Luke, the convict Luke, played by Paul Newman, explains that to his fellow inmates after winning the pot in a hand of poker without even a pair of deuces.   President Joe Biden should take notice. For, right now, “nothing” is the...

Will Putin Submit to U.S.-Imposed ‘Weakening’?
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Will Putin Submit to U.S.-Imposed ‘Weakening’?

“Once war is forced upon us, there is no alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War’s very object is victory—not prolonged indecision.” So said Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his April 1951 address to Congress after being fired by President Harry Truman as commander in chief in the...

The French Center Holds—In a World Coming Apart
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The French Center Holds—In a World Coming Apart

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” So wrote William Butler Yeats in the wake of the Great War of 1914-1918 that had ravaged the Christian civilization he had known. In France on Sunday, the center held, as President Emmanuel Macron rolled up a crushing 59 percent to 41 percent victory in the runoff election...

First Priority—Avoid U.S. War With Russia
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First Priority—Avoid U.S. War With Russia

Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come.   Russian President Vladimir Putin “will only stop when we stop him,” said Coons. “We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that … we in Congress and the...

‘Open Borders’ Biden Is Remaking America
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‘Open Borders’ Biden Is Remaking America

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.” So reads Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution. Historically, that constitutional duty—to protect America’s states against invasion—has been the province of the president of the United States, the chief executive,...

Should We Commit to Fight Russia—for Finland?
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Should We Commit to Fight Russia—for Finland?

The prime ministers of Sweden and Finland, Magdalena Andersson and Sanna Marin, both signaled Wednesday that they will likely be applying for membership in NATO. The “prospect” is most “welcome,” says The Washington Post: “Finland and Sweden Should Join NATO.” The editorial was titled “A Way to Punish Putin.”   Before joining the rejoicing in NATO...

Message From Ukraine – Nukes Do Deter
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Message From Ukraine – Nukes Do Deter

When he arrived at Christ the Savior Cathedral to pay his respects to the ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who had died of COVID-19, Russian President Vladimir Putin carried a clutch of red roses. The man beside him was carrying a briefcase. That briefcase appeared to be Russia’s version of the “football” that is carried by a...

Who Wins, Who Loses Gen. Milley’s Long War?
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Who Wins, Who Loses Gen. Milley’s Long War?

Speaking of the seven-week war in Ukraine ignited by Vladimir Putin, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is warning us to expect a war that lasts for years.   “I do think this is a very protracted conflict … measured in years,” Milley told Congress. “I don’t know about a decade,...

Is Global ‘Democracy’ America’s Mission?
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Is Global ‘Democracy’ America’s Mission?

“In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security,” said President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address. “This is a real test. It’s going to take time.” Thus did Biden frame the struggle of our time...

Insult Diplomacy: Does Biden’s Vilification of Putin Help?
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Insult Diplomacy: Does Biden’s Vilification of Putin Help?

Several weeks into the war in Ukraine, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Joe Biden if he agreed with those who call Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer.”   “I do,” said Biden.    Since calling Putin a killer, Biden has progressed to calling him “a war criminal,” “a murderous dictator,” “a pure thug,” and “a...

Asia’s Autocrats Are Calling, Mr. Biden
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Asia’s Autocrats Are Calling, Mr. Biden

While President Joe Biden was in Brussels and Warsaw showing U.S. solidarity with Ukraine, the 38-year-old autocrat who rules North Korea made a bold bid for the president’s attention. For the first time since 2017, Kim Jong Un test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17, the largest road-mobile missile ever launched. While it flew 600...

Is Victory for Ukraine Worth Risking Nuclear War?
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Is Victory for Ukraine Worth Risking Nuclear War?

During the 70 years that the Soviet Union existed, Ukraine was an integral part of the nation. Yet this geographic and political reality posed no threat to the United States. A Russia and a Ukraine, both inside the USSR, was an accepted reality that was seen as no threat for the seven decades that they...

Is Ukraine’s Partition Zelenskyy’s Fate?
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Is Ukraine’s Partition Zelenskyy’s Fate?

“It’s time to meet, time to talk … time to restore territorial integrity … for Ukraine,” said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday. Zelenskyy added that the need to negotiate was even greater for Moscow. “Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be so huge that several generations will not be enough to rebound.”  According to the Pentagon, Russia...

Is There a Peace Deal Putin and Zelensky Can Accept?
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Is There a Peace Deal Putin and Zelensky Can Accept?

In an interview with Reuters, Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman for decades, made a startling offer. Moscow could end the Ukraine war immediately, said Peskov, if four conditions were met. Ukraine should cease all military action, recognize Crimea as part of Russia, accept the independence of the Luhansk and Donetsk separatist enclaves, and...

How Solid Are U.S. War Guarantees?
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How Solid Are U.S. War Guarantees?

When several NATO nations revealed that they had dozens of Russian-made MiG-29s, the idea arose to fly them to Ukraine and turn them over to Ukrainian pilots familiar with the MiGs. America would provide F-16s to replace the MiGs. Poland had an even better idea. Warsaw would fly its 27 MiG fighter jets to the...

U.S. Policy: Cheer Ukrainians On — and Keep Us Out!
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U.S. Policy: Cheer Ukrainians On — and Keep Us Out!

After Friday’s NATO summit refused to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said the allies’ failure to “close the skies” to Russian military aircraft gives “a green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities.”   “All the people who will die starting from this day will … die because of you,” said...

Is a Russia-NATO Clash Over Ukraine Ahead?
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Is a Russia-NATO Clash Over Ukraine Ahead?

When Hungarian rebels arose in 1956 to overthrow the Communist regime imposed by Joseph Stalin, President Dwight Eisenhower refused to send U.S. forces to aid the Hungarians. Ike would not take America to war with Russia over a small country in Central Europe. While the Hungarians were heroic and inspirational, Hungary was neither a member...

Is Putin Considering Using Nukes on NATO?
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Is Putin Considering Using Nukes on NATO?

From his principal avenues of attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin began this war with three strategic goals. Send an army south from Belarus to capture Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and replace the government. Send forces into northeast Ukraine to capture its second largest city, Kharkiv, with 1.4 million people. Third, extend the Donetsk enclave...

Did We Provoke Putin’s War in Ukraine?
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Did We Provoke Putin’s War in Ukraine?

When Russia’s Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for membership and be admitted. We’re not changing that.    In the Bucharest declaration of 2008, NATO had put Ukraine and...

Are Democrats Kicking Away Their Future?
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Are Democrats Kicking Away Their Future?

Not so long ago, Democrats seemed the party of the future. “Inevitable!” predicted some pundits, for demography is destiny. Moreover, in 2020, Democrats, who had won the popular vote six times in seven presidential elections, swept the popular vote again, by 6 million ballots. And they captured both houses of Congress. The future did seem...

Has Putin Won Round One in Ukraine?
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Has Putin Won Round One in Ukraine?

When NBC’s Lester Holt asked President Joe Biden what might prompt him to send U.S. troops to rescue Americans fleeing Ukraine, Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.”   “It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest...

The Richard Nixon His Loyalists Knew
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The Richard Nixon His Loyalists Knew

Whenever America is polarized, as it is today, people go back in memory and history to recall other times their nation was so divided. The Civil War of the 1860s and the social revolution that tore us apart in the 1960s come instantly to mind. In that latter time, there was no figure more central...

Stress Test for a Fading Superpower
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Stress Test for a Fading Superpower

Because America entered both world wars of the 20th century last, while all the other great powers bled one another, and because we outlasted the Soviet Empire in the Cold War, America emerged, in the term of President George H.W. Bush, as “the last superpower.” We had it all. We were the “indispensable nation.” We...

Putin Wants His Own Monroe Doctrine
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Putin Wants His Own Monroe Doctrine

When the Union was fighting to preserve itself in the Civil War, the France of Napoleon III moved troops into Mexico, overthrew the regime of Benito Juarez, set up a monarchy and put Austrian Archduke Maximilian von Habsburg on the throne as Emperor of Mexico—one month before Gettysburg. Preoccupied, the Union did nothing. At war’s...

What Matters Most to Nations and Peoples?
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What Matters Most to Nations and Peoples?

Speaking in Conroe, Texas, last weekend, former President Donald Trump accused his successor of allowing millions of migrants to enter the country illegally across our Southern border. “The most important border … for us is not Ukraine’s border but America’s border,” thundered Trump. “Before Joe Biden sends any troops to defend a border in Europe,...

NATO—Strategic Asset or Liability?
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NATO—Strategic Asset or Liability?

Is the territorial integrity of Ukraine a cause worth America’s fighting a war with Russia? No, it is not. And this is why President Joe Biden has declared that the U.S. will not become militarily involved should Russia invade Ukraine. Biden is saying that, no matter our sentiments, our vital interests dictate staying out of...

Is Biden Right? Does the Left Own the Future?
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Is Biden Right? Does the Left Own the Future?

Before he appeared at his first solo news conference of 2022, President Joe Biden knew he had a communications problem he had to deal with. Namely, how to get off the defensive. How to avoid spending his time with the White House press corps defending his decisions and explaining his actions as allegations of failure,...

By the Numbers, a Failing President
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By the Numbers, a Failing President

If the left believed that draping the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021, around the neck of former President Donald Trump and the party that refused to repudiate him would sink the GOP, it appears to have miscalculated. For, as the left painted the Capitol riot as an “armed insurrection,” “domestic terrorism,” “attempted coup,” and...

Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed
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Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

In 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup that ousted a pro-Russian regime in Kyiv by occupying Crimea, President Barack Obama did nothing. When Putin aided secessionists in the Donbass in seizing Luhansk and Donetsk, once again, Obama did nothing. Why did we not come to the military assistance of Ukraine?...