mark a rayner: Crazy like a fox

Reagan did a lot of this during the Reykjavík Summit with Gorbachev, but it was part of his strategy. He was TRYING to make Gorby and the Russians think he was a maniac. Hell, maybe he would launch the nukes — he was that crazy. Though this did cause a breakdown of the talks at ...

The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Never See Vlad Putin the Same Way Again

If there’s one guy who doesn’t get any slack from the Western media, it’s Russian strongman, Vlad Putin.  We vilify Putin at every turn and, while he certainly brings some of it down on himself, we make sure to depict ourselves as the guys in the white hats while we heap scorn on him. It’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: Gorbachev Warns of New Cold War and Lays the Blame At Washington’s Feet

Former Soviet premier, Michael Gorbachev, has had the past quarter century to live with the legacy of betrayal.  Now he’s returned to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to warn that we’re on the verge of a new Cold War, one of the West’s making. “Instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Inching Ever Closer to a Shooting War with Russia

Foggy Rasmussen Why do I get the feeling that there are some in the West who would welcome a conflict with Russia? I watched a documentary last night on the final two years of the Soviet Union, the Gorbachev-George H.W. Bush years.  Some great commentary came from Bush Sr.’s Soviet-affairs expert, a Princeton prof, Stephen ...

Brad Trost equates limiting women’s choice with US civil rights movement. Really.

The newest attack on progressives in the US has been to preempt liberal heroes like Martin Luther King for their own devices, to skew their point of view into attacks on women, the poor and the infirmed. It’s a brilliant if somewhat limited strategy. The ridiculousness of this form of attack soon overcomes its short ...