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Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded the West a couple of weeks ago, in effect, "We have weapons that you can't defend against." (Associated Press/File)

Tit for tat from Russia's potential president for life

The most striking comment to come out of Russia since the election of Vladimir Putin to a fourth term Sunday just may have come from well-known firebrand, nationalist and perennial losing presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who declared that the presidential election this year would be Russia's last.

In this file photo taken Thursday, March 1, 2018, journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

It will take generations for Russia to change

The most simple reduction of the eight years of Mr. Obama's reign was that you could not listen to what the man, or his minions, had to say to discern his agenda. No, you had to look at the consequences of his actions.

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia. U.S. indictment charged 13 Russians with running a hidden social media trolling campaign in a bid to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, Pool, File) **FILE**

That murky U.S.-Russian clash in Syria merits a much closer look

For all the hysteria about Russian collusion and President Trump being in Vladimir Putin's pocket, you would be hard-pressed to find in the mainstream media the fact that the United States military just killed at least a hundred Russian mercenaries, possibly twice that number or more, with hundreds more wounded.

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.

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.