Articles Tagged: Russia

U.S. Foreign Policy Is Overdue For Some Realism

According to a news report, Department of Defense officials admitted the United States might not be prepared to fight a sustained military conflict with Russia.  This is not the first time in recent weeks Pentagon officials have raised flags about the Russia threat and the U.S. lack of preparedness to deal with it. Last month incoming […]

Affirming Extended Deterrence

Sixty-­‐nine years ago, Bernard Brodie published his famous precept about the consequences of the atomic bomb: “Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars.  From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them. It can have almost no other useful purpose.”1 Brodie was well ahead of his […]

After You, Mr. Putin

Less than three years after President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia the greatest geostrategic threat facing the United States, U.S. and NATO leaders have declared Putin’s Russia just that — a major threat to Europe and beyond. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, said recently […]

NATO’s Nuclear Nightmare over Ukraine

While experts and analysts proffer suggestions for how the U.S. should respond to Putin’s intractable assault on Ukraine, like this recent excellent piece by Tom Nichols in RCD or by this Brookings report (not exactly authored by hawks), some still wonder why Moscow’s actions have anything to do with the U.S. in the first place. […]

Congress must defend Defense’s budget request

Whatever tack it takes, Congress should reject any conditions President Obama may try to put on signing a defense bill into law that fully funds the very budget that the Pentagon says it needs and that he approved before it was sent to the Hill. The Pentagon’s budget request was sent to Congress on Monday […]

2015: Will new Congress get serious about Putin, Russia?

“The bear never asks permission,” remarked Vladmir Putin on a TV promo for his annual news conference.Yes, we know. The Russians haven’t stopped their aggressive posturing after annexing Crimea—not by a long-shot. In early December there was another near miss between a Russian military jet with its transponders turned off and a commercial airliner just […]

Russia Keeps Its Nuclear Threats against NATO Coming

Is Vladimir Putin seriously weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes against targets in NATO? Some experts think so, and Moscow would certainly have us believe that it is. As it reportedly prepares for a massive military exercise this month, Vladimir Putin reminded us, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is […]

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