June 5, 2015 |
'I can tell you outright and unequivocally that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine," Russian President Vladimir Putin told a live TV audience in April. He was flat-out lying. Moscow has armed and directed the so-called "rebel forces" in eastern Ukraine and bolstered them with its own troops. Thousands of Russian troops are massing on Ukraine's eastern border, possibly poised for a further invasion. Yet Western leaders still won't publicly challenge Putin's lies. "If you don't call it by what it is, there is less pressure to confront the real issues," John Herbst, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told me this week.
March 5, 2015 |
PATRIOTS OWNER Robert Kraft had preferred seating at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress at the U.S. House chamber yesterday. Kraft sat in the second row, directly behind Netanyahu's wife, Sara, and to the left of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. No word on whether Netanyahu tried to pull a "Putin" and steal Kraft's most recent Super Bowl ring. During a 2005 trip to Russia, Kraft showed Putin his hefty jeweled ring from Super Bowl XXXIX, when the Patriots beat the Eagles.
December 30, 2014 |
Sometimes it seems as if America, at 238 years old, is suffering from a sort of midlife crisis that has it questioning its strength and leadership. Questioning is fine; few are pleased with Washington these days. But it was more troubling to hear some critics suggest that President Obama should be more like Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some were apparently impressed by the machismo Putin displayed in invading Ukraine even though it was morally wrong. Much of that sentiment evaporated as casualties mounted in the war Putin incited to keep Ukraine firmly in Russia's orbit rather than the European Union's.
September 8, 2014 |
In 1949, George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four , his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose "Ministry of Truth" spews rank propaganda called "Newspeak" that turns historical facts on their head. Newspeak has been alive and well these past weeks in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin flatly denied any Russian presence in Ukraine, even as thousands of Russian troops and heavy weapons invaded that country. What's more disturbing is that NATO leaders meeting in Wales last week to discuss Ukraine refused to denounce Putin's aggression as an "invasion.
August 10, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin is mad and has vowed revenge. Will it include a cybercrime wave directed at the West? And if yes, has it already begun? Some minds are connecting two prominent news stories of the last week. Maybe it's paranoia. Maybe it's silliness. And maybe it's an understandable question. Even if there's no direct link, in a bigger, elusive way, hacking is a vital part of Russia's effort to learn what it wants and thwart what it doesn't. Like most other countries. The first story broke Tuesday, when Hold Security of Milwaukee announced it had found records of an enormous theft.
August 1, 2014 |
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster should have been a wake-up call for Vladimir Putin. It wasn't. Instead of decreasing aid for pro-Russian separatists who almost certainly shot the plane down with a Russian missile, Putin is upping the ante. While denying any responsibility for the 298 dead, he is sending additional troops to the Ukrainian border and preparing to send more deadly weapons to the separatists. This despite the fact that the air tragedy has finally jolted the European Union into imposing new and tougher economic sanctions on Russia - matched by Washington.
July 21, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader's reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine. It doesn't matter whether the triggerman thought he was targeting a Ukrainian military plane rather than a civilian airliner. More than 200 European civilians, along with dozens of Aussies, Asians, and North Americans, lie dead because of Putin's determination to force Ukraine to join a new Russian empire.
July 21, 2014
The gall of Russian President Vladimir Putin can be unnerving. For example, take his response to the missile attack that destroyed a Malaysian jetliner flying over war-torn Ukraine: "This tragedy would not have happened if there was peace in this land. " He's right. But who is responsible for the absence of peace? Vladimir Putin. Putin's manufacture of Ukraine's civil war was as precise as a watchmaker's careful placement of intricate parts to ensure a timepiece's operation. If the missile was fired by Ukrainian rebels, as is believed, they likely were trained by Russians.
May 25, 2014 |
Trudy Rubin: Putin appears to recognize that his project to annex Ukraine's south and east, or install separatists there, is failing. C1.
May 18, 2014
Seek security from civic strength In his remarks at the Sept. 11 museum dedication in New York last week, President "Yes We Can" Obama made a George W. "Bring It" Bush-worthy statement ("Obama: 'Nothing can ever break us'," May 16). Sounds good, but it's not true. Are we nothing? We can break ourselves by continuing down the wrong paths, including the creation of a surveillance nation, trade deals that off-shore better jobs for cheap, shiny objects and corporate profits, growing wealth inequality, and government dysfunction led by one party favoring a tax-free and science-denying America, and another that's well-meaning but enabling.