Putin’s “strategic goal” is not to have “his own man in Washington” but rather to take steps directed at “the weakening of America.” Thus, Pastukhov says, “Putin perhaps consciously and perhaps unconsciously via this meeting in essence pushed Trump toward impeachment.”

All Vladimir Putin had to do was stand and watch as Donald Trump literally imploded, trotting out all the old campaign rhetoric and a lot more that demonstrated his lack of preparation and his lack of understanding of the damage that he was inflicting on his own country and people. Senator John McCain said it "was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory" and "a tragic mistake."


When the President goes into a summit with Putin saying his goal is simply to have a good relationship, it is dangerous to the United States and our allies.  It is not a policy.


UBO: The editorial below appeared in the Washington Post. The situation to which it refers is just one of the many reasons that President Donald Trump should, rather than his constant kissing-up to Putin, develop the intestinal fortitude to raise the issue in the strongest possible terms. Based on our opinion on what is about to happen, we believe it would be appropriate to move the Trump-Putin summit to Munich, the scene of the last previous major sell-out by a Western leader to a dictator.


Photo: Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov gestures inside a defendants' cage as he attends a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 2015. (Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters)


In short, Kirillova says, “the criticism of the authorities here is made only from the unofficially permitted ‘hurrah patriotic’ positions, in exactly the same key that this is done by the sadly well known Girkin-Strelkov and his ‘militant comrades in arms’” from the Donbas front against Ukraine.


What’s in a Name? 2018/7/6 13:27:05

‘Uniate’ may be a word that has been used to deride us, but I am happy to live out my Orthodoxy in union, so why should I feel derided? Moscow may see us as betrayers, but of what? Betrayers of not being united with Rome? Betrayers of Muscovite imperialism? I am quite happy being derided for that.


First, a further land grab in Ukraine to secure a land bridge to Crimea and total control of the Sea of Azov.  Putin has been building up forces for both, although it remains unclear whether he could take such a step without sparking outrage in much of the West if not with Trump or would win as much support as seizing Crimea in the first place did.



A Crisis of Ethical Leadership 2018/7/1 20:25:23

The behavior of many Western democracies' leaders could do as much damage to the international order as the ongoing migration crisis or even a trade war. Beyond the cruelty of their policies, they risk strengthening governments like those in China and Russia, as it makes them seen reasonable, even reliable.

“… in view of the prospect of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox patriarchate … recognition of a UGCC patriarchate may be timely.   “

We have not seen a major EM credit event so far – countries are still paying.


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