More turmoil in Ukraine

Ethnic Russians in Ukraine–especially in the eastern regions where they are in greatest numbers (though not necessarily a majority) have seized public buildings, are arming themselves, and have declared a separatist republic.  All in the hopes of being annexed by Russia like the Crimea was.  Some say the uprisings are sponsored by Russia in the hopes of establishing a pretext for another invasion.  This time the Ukraine is gearing to defend itself. [Read more...]

Social conservatives rising in France

There is talk of a “French tea party,” as citizens alarmed at abortion, gay marriage, and other social issues are mobilizing politically and taking to the streets.  Something similar is happening in other European countries.  The movement is one of  social conservatism, not necessarily other kinds of conservatism, with the protesters often being fine with big government and controlled economics.  But still. . . [Read more...]

Why many Germans favor Russia

Prime minister Angela Merkel, Germany’s Iron Lady, is leading efforts to stand up against Russia’s incursion against the Ukraine.  But she is doing so against the tide of public opinion in her country.  Many Germans are sympathetic to  Russia out of resentment for America’s eavesdropping on them in the NSA surveillance program! [Read more...]

Evidence the Malaysian plane went down

The Malaysian government cited new satellite evidence that indicates the missing airliner crashed into the Indian Ocean.  Officials presented this information in a definitive way and notified the families of the passengers that there were no survivors.  But mysteries remain. [Read more...]

Responding to Russia

The Obama administration has orchestrated sanctions against Russia for taking over the Crimea from Ukraine.  What we’ll do is target 11 individuals, freezing their assets and not letting them travel in the West.  That’ll  show ‘em!  These Russian officials won’t be able to come to Disneyland, and we know how much that means to them! [Read more...]

The missing plane kept flying

The plot thickens in the mystery of the missing Boeing 777.  After the transponder went silent, automatic signals from the plane’s engines kept functioning for several more hours, revealing abrupt changes in course and altitude.  Then those shut off, but the satellite that receives the data kept its “handshake” with the plane.  That, plus a couple of possible radar sightings from the Malaysian military suggest the plane may have stayed in the air for 7 hours.

Investigators are now saying that all of this can only be accounted for  by “deliberate action” from the cockpit.   That means the plane was hijacked or stolen by a crew member.  There are countless little islands with WWII-era landing fields that could hide the plane.  This means that someone has 239 hostages, if they are still alive.  And that someone has a massive flying weapon.

UPDATE:  The pilot is looking really suspicious.

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Crimea votes to join Russia

The plot also thickens in the Ukraine.  Crimea, the heavily ethnic Russian section of the Ukraine with the warm-water port, voted to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia.  The new pro-Western government claims that is illegal, as is the European Union and the United States, which are considering sanctions against Russia, which had already moved troops into the region. [Read more...]

The mystery of the missing Boeing 777

On Saturday, Malaysian Airlines flight 370, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers, just vanished.  As of right now, no one has found any debris.  An oil slick that was slighted turned out to be ship fuel.  The sea is shallow.  But still, nothing.

Terrorism is an obvious explanation.  Four passengers were carrying stolen passports.  They have been identified as Iranians, but sources say they were using the passports in an immigration scheme, not terrorism.  But who knows?  Some suspect a missile attack, possibly from North Korea.  But satellite surveillance detected no explosion.  Some are saying the plane was just stolen, to be used in a later 9-11 style attack.

Surely the intense searching will find something soon.  But right now, it’s a mystery. [Read more...]

The consequences of weakness

Last week, President Obama gave a stern warning to Vladimir Putin not to intervene militarily in the Ukraine.  Whereupon Putin did just that.  We have had the “red line” that Syria dare not cross, dropping sanctions against Iran to encourage them not to  develop a nuclear weapon, “leading from behind” in Libya, dropping the missile shield in Eastern Europe at Putin’s request,  proposing cuts to the military, and on and on.  America today is projecting weakness, not strength, on the world stage.  The result is global instability and assertive authoritarians.

Even the Washington Post, that consistently liberal publication and a stalwart defender of the president, is exasperated at the administration’s foreign policy weakness.  An excerpt from an editorial on the subject after the jump. [Read more...]

Russia backs off from Ukraine

Russia continues to hold the Crimea peninsula, but Vladimir Putin said that he would not use force against the rest of Ukraine, while reserving the right to do so.  [Read more...]