Monthly Archives: March 2014

Community Organizing versus Machtpolitik

Obama’s vision of the 21st century is certainly a better model for the intercourse of nations than that old 19th century Putin vision. Twenty-first century visions can be¬†wonderful things. They can get you the Nobel Peace Prize without actually doing¬†anything, … Continue reading

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History is a letter of instruction from the past…

On March 11, 1938, the Austrian Nazi Party engineered a coup in Vienna. One day later (76 years ago this week), German troops rolled into Austria. Adolf Hitler declared its annexation, and the Anschluss was ratified by an Austrian plebiscite. … Continue reading

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Not jobs, national security, nor health care…

What’s the national priority du jour? Global warming. Sigh. The majority of 20th century warming (0.7C) took place before 1940, i.e., before the post-war growth in human CO2 emissions. The 19th century was still in the depths of the Little … Continue reading

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Diplomatic discomfort…

I suspect that Russia is more inclined than the West (we’re back to that term) to play the long game, so any sanctions regime that the West can put into place is likely to be short-lived. I imagine that the … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Laugh unto Death

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman has figured out the key steps to halt Vladimir Putin in his tracks. His brilliance is on display in today’s NYT. Friedman’s recipe calls for increasing oil and natural gas exports to Europe. So far, … Continue reading

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Who would win in a cage match?

Put Obama and Putin alone together in a Thunderdome cage, and there’s the chance that the Obama supporters are finally right: Obama’s the smartest man in the room. Guess what? Putin doesn’t care…because he’s the toughest man in the cage. … Continue reading

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