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“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and 2008 Republican candidate for President of the United States, offered one of the milder criticisms I’ve seen of President Trump’s encounter in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin:
Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The [...]

Republicans meet Russian “friends”

The Washington Post reports on a visit by a Republican Congressional delegation (no Democrats) to Moscow, where they met with Russian legislators and officials. Among them was Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana.
“I asked our friends in Russia not to interfere in our elections this year,” Kennedy said. “I asked them to exit Ukraine and allow [...]


Even if you’ve shrugged off evidence of Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 US Presidential election (as some of our readers have), you have to admit there is no other word for this.
Russian hackers posed as ISIS to bully military spouses. Evil.
— Josh Lawson (@josh_lawson) May 8, 2018

Our Tweeter-in-Chief finds plenty [...]

McCain shames Trump on congratulations to Putin

After Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and Jean-Claude Juncker offered cringe-inducing congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his “election” “victory,” it was good to see Senator John McCain cut through the crap.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted [...]

It takes a Nationalist to love a Fascist

Putin’s Lord Haw Haws – why does the UK continue to tolerate Russian propagandists and useful idiots? – this article begins.
I can’t see how a liberal democracy can do anything but “tolerate” them.
Still, it is marked how the arch nationalists, Farage and Salmond, are admirers of Putin and appear on Russia Today.  Meanwhile Nicola Sturgeon [...]

Now what?

Now that it is next to certain that Russian agents, with Vladimir Putin’s, approval, poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, where they are now near death, and rendered a police officer seriously ill, what will the UK government do?
What should it do?

This is beyond pathetic:
As part a “robust” British response if Russian involvement [...]


Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin welcomed grateful mass torturer and killer Bashar al-Assad in Sochi.
Putin did more than anyone to keep the butcher Assad in power.
Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one [...]

“Russia is our friend”

Less than two months after the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a white supremacist, a few dozen neo-Nazis gathered in the city for another tiki torch-lit demonstration, with (again) the ostensible purpose of protecting Confederate monuments.
The crowd chanted “You will not replace us.” No word if anyone replaced “You” with “Jews,” as [...]

Trump’s mysterious silence on Putin

The mystery remains.
Given his willingness to trash and humiliate virtually every other person on the planet who publicly opposes him, why does Donald Trump remain silent when it comes to criticizing one our nation’s leading adversaries, Vladimir Putin?
Trump has expressed more concerns about Congress's Russia sanctions bill than about Putin's expulsion of US diplomats.
— Ryan [...]

Trump surrenders to Putin on Syria

After the regime of Bashar al-Assad began its brutal and murderous repression of the largely peaceful Syrian uprising, I was very critical of then-president Barack Obama’s half-hearted and mismanaged efforts to aid non-extremist rebels in their struggle against the regime. But it was symbolically important that the US was doing something to help the more [...]