President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Earth Day prior to signing an executive order strengthening the nation’s forests, resilience to extreme weather events, and local economies, Friday, April 22, 2022, at Seward Park in Seattle. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Earth Day prior to signing an executive order strengthening the nation’s forests, resilience to extreme weather events, and local economies, Friday, April 22, 2022, at Seward Park in Seattle. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The Messaging is Medium

The Democrats have lots of problems. Salesmanship is pretty far down the list.

Finland and Sweden Apply to NATO, Turkey an Obstacle

A diplomatic nightmare brewing since last week is now upon us.

Loose Lips About Sinking Ships

The Biden Administration is constantly bragging about its actions against Russia. Is that wise?

Biden Wants to Waive Visa Requirements for Russian Scientists

A splendid idea but why stop there?

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Dividing the Christian World

The Pope is indeed Catholic. The rest is up for debate.

Ukraine War Ruining Biden’s Plans

Crises tend to be distracting.

NATO Has Been Training Ukrainian Forces for Years

A fascinating report from the WSJ.

Russian Flagship Sunk by Ukraine

Another morale booster for the good guys.

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Biden Condemns Russian ‘Genocide’

Whether deliberate or another ‘gaffe,’ he’s likely right.

Russia’s Brain Drain

Intellectuals are fleeing as Soviet-style censorship returns.

NATO’s Role in Setting Ukraine War Peace Conditions

Western powers may be at odds with the people doing the fighting and dying.

Russia’s War Crimes

Evidence of mass atrocities across Ukraine continues to mount.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Trump asks Putin for Dirt, Again

It’s okay to ask a war criminal for some political dirt on your opponent, right?

Ukraine War Widens

The invasion has led to a series of proxy wars.

Putin Invokes “Cancel Culture”

The term keeps on giving.

Biden Pleads for Regime Change in Russia

The President commits a Kinsley gaffe.

The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

A hundred Senators actually didn’t mean to change our clocks.

Acceptable Ukraine End States?

What will Zelensky, Putin, and the West settle for?

Zelensky’s Plea for Help

Ukraine’s leader wants more help than he’s going to get.

Trump Losing Sway with Republican Voters?

We can only hope.

Putin Will Likely Get Away with War Crimes

The Russian leader is very unlikely to be hauled before the Hague.

What If The Bad Guys Win in Ukraine?

The most likely outcome is not a happy one.

Putin’s War Gets Closer to NATO

Strikes near the Polish border show the real possibility of escalation.

The Propagandists Among Us

Whether dupes or active participants, the damage is real (and points us back to 2016).

Putin Doesn’t Care About Today

An incredibly isolated Russian leader is not interested in running the country.

Very Quickly, Putin’s War Is Likely To Get Even Uglier

The disintegrating military situation is leading to escalating brutality.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

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Putin’s Offramp?

It’s hard to see how this crisis ends.

Pence Attacks Trump Without Attacking Trump

One can see the faintest hint of a backbone in the former Vice President.

Is Putin Predictably Irrational?

Putin is a monster, but he may also be just as irrational as the rest of us.

Ukraine Invasion Sending History in a New Direction?

The ferocity of the global reaction to Putin’s invasion is stunning.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

Biden’s State of the Union Speech

Most people liked it more than I did.

Biden ‘Leading from Behind’ on Ukraine

The American President is once again leading the free world.

It’s Not Time To Eulogize The Old Order

Pundits like Thomas Friedman struggle with premature prognostication.

Is Putin “Irrational”?

Addressing an analytical pet peeve (and, more importantly, correcting a mistake).

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Ukraine Updates

News and commentary of note.

Hitting Russia Where It Hurts

Sanctions are already taking a toll. But the West could do more if it had the will.

Deterring The Deterrers

Deterring Russia is a matter of principle.

It’s Like 1939, But Better In Some Ways, And Also Worse

The military threat is smaller, but the political one is bigger.

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

Russian ‘False Flag’ to Justify Ukraine Invasion

Western intelligence agencies continue to predict an invasion under absurd pretexts.

The Olympic Spirit and Authoritarian Regimes

There’s no keeping politics out of these Games.

Ukraine: Advantage Putin? Advantage NATO?

Expert opinion on the standoff differs sharply.