Though neither questions directly the wrongheaded National Defense Strategy that elevates Beijing and Moscow to the status of primary threats facing the United States…
Dealing with Russia as a serious competitor—even given its economic size and population endowment—also requires facing up to the challenge of how to compete.
No one should dismiss lightly an agreement that has helped keep the United States and its allies safe for a generation.
The INF Treaty is very much worth saving, and quitting it over a Russian violation is as short-sighted and self-defeating as can be.
Critics of Russia often complain that state control of the media leads to an absence of different viewpoints on key issues. Yet what we see here is that in parts of the Western world, there is an almost absolute conformity of belief among the ruling elite, a conformity so total that it’s doubtful that even a totalitarian state could match it.
Since 2012 at the latest, it has become common to hear American and Russian media accusing the leaders of their respective countries not only of violating international law, but also of developing political systems based on cynicism, injustice, and disregard for human dignity.
In reality, the Kerch Strait incident involves a complex mixture of factors.
Paying tribute to the overwhelming contribution of Soviet men and women to victory in World War II and commemorating their losses would go a long way to soothing that sense of grievance and improving Russian-American relations.
What was the Kerch incident really about?
In the crucial matter of getting its story out, Ukraine’s achievement may be second to none…