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Russian President Vladimir Putin is famous for his nostalgia for the Soviet Union, but that memory can work both ways. (Associated Press)

Echoes of Soviet unease in Putin's blustery boasts

Perhaps a sense of deja vu has crept into the Kremlin's thinking. It is obvious that the Russian military is worried about America's missile defense, worried about an arms race it can't win, and worried about President Trump's unpredictability and determination to rearm the depleted U.S. military.

(People's Pundit Daily/PPD)

A Night For Freedom's big tent

The stranglehold big business held on the Republican establishment has been diminished, in favor of new thought leaders who bring new ideas, and new members, to the party. A Night For Freedom, a growing crusade developed by internet sensation Mike Cernovich, is one of these movements. I was privileged to attend a recent event in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, after attending CPAC.

Illustration on Montenegro's need for reform as a condition for NATO membership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Count of Montenegro

As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts and power corrupts absolutely. There is no other place that more vividly depicts this truth than the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro.

Relatives mourn one of two Palestinian teenagers who were killed Saturday trying to infiltrate Israel, during his funeral in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The Israeli military said it struck 18 targets in Gaza early on Sunday, in response to an explosive device that wounded four Israeli soldiers, along the border with the territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Gaza suspiciously flares up after Syrian attack on Israel

The shoot-down of an Israeli F-16 after an Iranian drone was flown into Israeli airspace last week was widely reported. However, what is even more interesting, but not widely reported or discussed, is the flare-up of violence from the Gaza Strip, where Israel fought a short conflict in 2014 against Hamas terror.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, Pool) **FILE**

Israel should be America's ally, not Russia's

For its own preservation, Israel under Mr. Netanyahu has been forced to cozy up to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has made himself the kingmaker in the region after Mr. Obama's abdication of responsibility.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a press conference at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. A portrait of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on the wall. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran turning its sights on Israel

- The Washington Times

We've predicted for some time that once the fight between pro-Assad Shia elements (Iran/Hezbollah) and Sunni Islamists in the Middle East wound down, Iran and its proxies would turn their attention towards Israel to achieve their longstanding dream of wiping the Jewish State off the map.

A Russian plane shot down over northwest Idlib province in Syria might have been a message from President Trump that America is back. (Associated Press/File)

Unlike Obama, Trump presents a Russian 'reset' with teeth

Hillary's Russian reset proved to be anything but -- in fact, it was the beginning of amateur hour when it came to American-Russian relations. President Trump is changing all that, resetting relations for real in fields like national security where it matters, without the plastic buttons from OfficeMax and the sickening fanfare.

Russian Su-25 ground attack jet lands after return from Syria at a Russian air base in Primorsko-Akhtarsk, southern Russia, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. More Russian planes returned from Syria on Wednesday, two days after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian military to withdraw most of its fighting forces from Syria, signaling an end to Russia's five-and-a-half month air campaign. (AP Photo)

The ManPAD Rubicon has been passed in Syria

On Saturday, a Russian Su-25 Frogfoot attack jet was shot down in Syria by what Russia calls "terrorists" and the U.S. calls "Anti-Assad rebels." The Su-25 is Russia's version of the vaunted, American A-10, and was designed and built around the same time. The Frogfoot has only slightly swept wings, and is meant to fly low and slow over the battlefield, carrying a heavy load of weapons. In short, it is meant to loiter and find targets on the ground to attack. It is not an air-superiority aircraft, and is 1970s technology. It has one mission--to find things on the ground and kill them.

The International Energy Agency forecast that the U.S. would become the world's largest energy producer this year and that U.S. production could increase 25 percent by 2025, reaching 30 million barrels of oil and gas a day. (Associated Press/File)

Energy-dominant U.S. will transform global landscape

I had an argument recently with a woman in Moscow over American energy production. She simply did not believe that the United States has become the largest energy producer in the world -- which marks a real shock to the ordinary Russian's self-image.

In this photo taken on Monday Jan. 29, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the ceremony of signing a 2018-2020 general agreement between Russian trade unions, employers and the Russian Government in Moscow, Russia. The Trump administration late Monday, released released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs" who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin, fulfilling a demand by Congress that the U.S. punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin plays Turkey card to split NATO

One of the objectives of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian security services, since that crucial time in Mr. Putin's mind when he decided to turn against the exploitation of Russia by the West, has been to split the NATO alliance. This week, Mr. Putin officially achieved his goal.

Ronald Reagan

Trump takes Reagan mantle to defend the West

I can remember the wailing and gnashing of teeth in Europe as President Ronald Reagan deployed medium-range nuclear missiles into Western Europe to counter the Soviet threat. I can remember the name-calling, the "Ronald Ray Guns," the stupid American cowboy references. The leftists of Europe and the United States threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the Great Communicator. However, the simple fact remains for history's judgment — Reagan was right.

Russian billionaire banker Alexander Lebedev gives an interview at his home in Moscow in 2008. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretareve)

Russia needs to grow, but has no idea how

The Russian media outlet Republic.ru reported this week on a conversation with Alexander Lebedev, a Russian businessman and banking expert. The most striking comment made in the interview was Mr. Lebedev's assertion that at least $100 billion had been illegally smuggled overseas from Russian banks over the last decade. For an economy the size of Russia's, that is an extraordinary amount.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sgreets troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP) **FILE**

Looking for help on the Afghanistan problem

The West cannot solve the problem of Afghanistan alone. The U.S. and its European allies can treat the symptoms, but they can only stave off the absolute disaster for a period of time, at the cost of much blood and treasure.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a round table meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at foreign ministers level at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Rampant political corruption harms Ukraine's people

- The Washington Times

One of the most problematic symptoms of Ukrainian corruption is the influence those with money and power have over the criminal justice system. After writing a series of articles on the subject and its implications for continued aid from the West, I'd like to highlight a chilling event that happened earlier this week which dramatically underscores my point.