NATO gets relevant again

We might agree that Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine, while regrettable,  doesn’t concern us.  But if Vladimir Putin did the same thing to Estonia, another bordering country with a large and complaining Russian minority, we would be at war.  That’s because Estonia and the other Baltic Republics are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  The members of that organization, founded to deter the Soviet Union, have a pact that an attack on one member nation is an attack on them all, and that they will all go to war against the attacker.  Tomorrow a NATO summit begins, and it’s being hailed as the most important since the end of the Cold War.

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Russia invades Ukraine!

Russia has reportedly invaded the Ukraine, sending two armored columns that captured a town near the border. [Read more...]

Russian bombers in American airspace

Russia is responding to our sanctions and expressing its leader’s contempt for what he considers American weakness by sending nuclear bombers into American airspace.  This has happened 16 times in the last 10 days. [Read more...]

Russia’s economic & political clout

Anne Applebaum points out that Russia has a smaller population than Nigeria or Pakistan, with an economy about the size of Italy’s.  But it has a lot of economic and political clout–possibly enough to thwart the recently-imposed sanctions for what Vladimir Putin is doing to the Ukraine and other of his neighbors–thanks to an intentional strategy of investing in politically-connected corporations. [Read more...]

USA and Europe agree on sanctions against Russia

President Obama announced an agreement with the European Union that would slap what could be some serious sanctions on Russia, an attempt to punish Vladimir Putin for his aggression in the Ukraine.  Europe had resisted imposing sanctions, but the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner has changed its collective mind.

Details of the sanctions after the jump.  Do you think actions like these will make Putin more peaceful, or might they have unintended consequences? [Read more...]

Evidence about the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down

As Vladimir Putin blames Ukraine for shooting down the Malaysian Airliner and conspiracy theorists blame the Illuminati (all those “7s”:  A Boeing 777, flight MH-17, on 7/17), the evidence is building that ethnic Russian amateurs were playing with the toys that Moscow had sent to them to disrupt the Ukrainian government.

Also, the Russian separatists who control the area of the crash have removed the bodies and some of the debris, reportedly including the plane’s “black box.”  Video has also emerged of anti-aircraft missile batteries being driven back across the Russian border.  One of them has a missile missing.

Among many other concerns:  What if other terrorists get their hands on this technology?  After the jump, details about the evidence. [Read more...]


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