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Op-Enemies in vogue at NY Times and WaPo

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:20pm 9/22/2013 at 12:20pm

Within the past two weeks, two of the most prestigious American newspapers published op-eds of enemies of the United States.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed by Vladimir Putin of Russia arguing...

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Obama’s Use of Force Bluff

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:55am 9/16/2013 at 9:55am

After President Obama chose to ask for Congressional approval for any military action against Syria, NBC reported The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria:

The plan was immediately met with robust resistance from a whiplashed Obama team who had listened to Kerry lay out the administration’s strongest case yet...

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The Russians know how to live

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9:23am 9/15/2013 at 9:23am

James Rosen of Fox News sketched the image below while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to appear before reporters.

Rosen tried to parlay it into an exclusive interview, but no luck, via AP:

Then Fox News television correspondent James Rosen reached over and handed Lavrov a cartoon portrait he had sketched to...

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The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:31pm 9/14/2013 at 10:31pm

Mandy covered this morning the outline of the “principles” agreed upon by the U.S. and Russia for Syria to end its possession of chemical weapons.

The deal, announced as we were waking this morning, is being spun a variety of ways.  It holds the promise of removing chemical weapons from someone who is...

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What’s so bad about how Vlad impaled us at The Times?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:00pm 9/12/2013 at 8:00pm

I was fortunate to have been mostly off the grid today and thereby missed the rage and fury about Vladimir Putin’s Op-Ed in The NY Times pissing all over the concept of American Exceptionalism:

It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big...

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Putin pulls Obama out of a fire, Obama supporters credit Obama

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:39am 9/10/2013 at 8:39am

Putin gets his deal, Obama gets his out, Assad gets away with it. Syria says it accepts Russian chemical arms proposal:

The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons to international control to avoid a military confrontation with the United States, Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday....

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Putin says Kerry lies, softens blow by adding “beautifully”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:37pm 9/4/2013 at 8:37pm

Relations between the U.S. and Russia continue to spiral downwards over issues of war and peace, as Vladimir called John Kerry a liar:

In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied...

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Beware Glenn Greenwald bearing leaks

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:40pm 8/21/2013 at 12:40pm

Just as the NSA-Snowden leak story was being broken by The Guardian via Glenn Greenwald, and to a lesser extent at The Washington Post, I thought about writing a post with the title this post bears.  In the crush of other things, and the uncertainty as to what was involved, it didn’t...

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The Cold War is now calling to ask for the 2012 election back

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:15am 8/7/2013 at 10:15am

During the 2012 campaign, Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat.

In classic Obama style, he played a linguistic slight of hand, failing to distinguish “geopolitical” threat from other threats.

Obama’s canned sound bite zinger of the debate was “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their...

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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Officially Files for Temporary Asylum in Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:06am 7/16/2013 at 10:06am

Edward Snowden officially filed for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, according to the Russian Migration Service and a Russian human rights lawyer.  Wikileaks also tweeted out a confirmation of the news.

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Did Israel just destroy Syrian depot holding Russian missiles?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:15pm 7/9/2013 at 4:15pm

This is another Syrian “who bombed it” mystery.

What is not disputed is that a major Syrian arms depot in the town of Latakia in the Alawite region was destroyed (h/t Israel Matzav, also here).

The Syrian rebels says Israel destroyed a large weapons depot which stored components of the Russian S300 air defense...

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Edward Snowden Issues Statement Through Wikileaks

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:47pm 7/1/2013 at 6:47pm

Edward Snowden has issued a statement tonight through Wikileaks.  He’s not very happy with President Obama.

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Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Leaks If He Wants to Stay in Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:51pm 7/1/2013 at 5:51pm

Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin said the NSA leaker is not welcome unless he ceased his work “aimed at harming our American partners.”

From Reuters:

For the second time in a week, Putin said Russian intelligence agencies were not working with the 30-year-old American who fled...

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Kerry jumps into the Peace Process with Two Strikes against him

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:13am 6/26/2013 at 8:13am

1) Kerry to make his mark?

Michael Gordon profiles the new Secretary of State, in Following a Star, Kerry applies a Personal touch

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Moscow early last month, determined to involve Russia in a new push to try to end the carnage in Syria. After a two-and-a-half-hour...

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Did Syria Receive Russian Missiles?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:00pm 5/30/2013 at 4:00pm

In an interview today, President Bashar Assad of Syria claims that Russia has delivered some of the S-300 missiles he bought.The Lebanse paper, Al Akhbar, quoted from an exclusive interview Assad gave to Hezbollah’s Al Manar television channel.

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Rats and ships

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:30pm 7/5/2012 at 2:30pm

Some flee the sinking ship.  Via Times of Israel:

Manaf Tlas, one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s closest friends and most trusted military colleagues, who is also the son of the Assad regime’s former long-serving defense minister, has defected from the Assad regime and fled to Turkey, in what one analyst described...

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Something seems to have changed in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 1:30pm 6/27/2012 at 1:30pm

There seems to be a change in Syria, a worsening of the situation for Assad. I can’t tell if this is the turning point, a turning point, or just a bump in Assad’s road to staying in power with the military help of Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.

But there seems to be...

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