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Amateur actors re-enact the link-up of Soviet and American troops during the 70th anniversary of the Elbe Day in Torgau, eastern Germany, Saturday, April 25, 2015. The WW II link-up of US and Soviet Forces occurred here at the river Elbe on April 25, 1945. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Russia and the U.S. 70 years after Allied victory in WWII

On July 28, 1943, in one of his famous fireside chats, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told his fellow citizens: "The world has never seen greater devotion, determination and self-sacrifice than have been displayed by the Russian people and their armies this country of ours should always be glad to be a good neighbor and a sincere friend in the world of the future."

Amateur actors put their hands together during re-enacting the link-up of Soviet and American troops at the 70th anniversary of the Elbe Day in Torgau, eastern Germany, Saturday, April 25, 2015. The WW II link-up of US and Soviet Forces occurred here at the river Elbe on April 25, 1945. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Missed opportunity to honor World War II veterans

Some things should rise above even the calculations of diplomacy, not just in Washington but on the world stage too. And the 70th celebration of the end of World War II — perhaps the last major anniversary to be celebrated honoring the "Greatest Generation" while it is still on this earth decades it fought in the epic conflict — is one of them.

Fidel Castro, 1962. Associated Press photograph

Reminding Obama about Cuba's history

Does anyone remember what it was that turned America hostile toward the tropical paradise of Cuba? Our president tells us that "we're caught in a time warp, going back to the 1950s and gunboat diplomacy, and 'Yanquis' and the Cold War." Yes, really, "gunboat diplomacy." That is how University of Chicago adjunct law professors talk about American foreign policy. And he adds, "Sometimes those controversies date back to before I was born." So, what got America so riled up over the Castro brothers and Cuban communists even before Barack Obama was born?