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"President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!" President Trump tweeted. (Associated Press)

Putin needs a war in Syria

Media pundits and the McCain-Lindsey Team are crowing with delight about how President Trump "emboldened" Syrian President Bashar Assad to again deploy chemical weapons against civilians, when POTUS raised the trial balloon of leaving Syria. However, they are missing the real point.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, the home of the Soviet nuclear weapons program and later Soviet and Russian non-military nuclear technologies, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Trump's Syria actions a test of Russia's weapons

Russia doesn't make much, but they do make really good weapons. In fact, one of the purposes of Russian involvement in the civil war in Syria, in addition to preserving Russian influence in the region, was to promote Russian military technology.

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.