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I just needed

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8:58pm 1/29/2012 at 8:58pm

to watch this again.

I was a student in Moscow at the time, and it was overwhelming.  No one thought it was possible.  And it wasn’t, it just happened.

 
 
 

Good and bad cyberwar news

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:15pm 11/18/2011 at 12:15pm

First the good news, completely unconfirmed but great to speculate about:

Is the Stuxnet computer malworm back on the warpath in Iran?

Exhaustive investigations into the deadly explosion last Saturday, Nov. 12 of the Sejil-2 ballistic missile at the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Alghadir base point increasingly to a technical fault originating in the...

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They still hate us, but now they’re not afraid of us too

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:52am 8/5/2011 at 11:52am

The breadth and depth of the Obama’s administrations screwed up priorities is straggering.

It’s not bad enough that they are on the wrong side of big government history domestically, we have witnessed a wholesale abdication of power abroad in a myriad of ways.

This story at

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5 Russian Nuclear Experts Aiding Iran Die In Plane Crash

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:45am 6/23/2011 at 10:45am

While there has been plenty of speculation that Israel has been assassinating Iranians involved in Iran’s nuclear program, and sabotaging the program through Stuxnet and other means, would the Israelis sabotage an entire passenger plane to get at five key Russian nuclear experts involved in the Iranian nuclear program?  Via Haaretz:

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Obama Mishandling of Libya Hurting Efforts Against Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 10, 2011 at 3:05pm 6/10/2011 at 3:05pm

I saw this coming from a mile away.  Actually, from two months away.

Obama insisted on a U.N. Security Council Resolution authorizing a no-fly zone in Libya.  But the U.S. and NATO attacks on Libya have exceeded the U.N. mandate.  What was hailed as a major diplomatic victory in fact laid the...

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Obama to Assad: “Reform” is the New “Now Means Yesterday”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 6:15pm 6/1/2011 at 6:15pm

We have set the bar so low for how the international community deals with the bloodshed in Syria, that even Bashar Assad probably can meet it:

The United States said Wednesday that Syria’s release of political prisoners “does not go far enough,” adding that all such inmates should be freed and the...

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Russian Defense Minister Still Smiling

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 9:15am 3/2/2011 at 9:15am

Via Instapundit comes word that Russia is embarking on a $650 billion expansion of its conventional military forces and upgrade of its existing nuclear forces:

The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia’s military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times, including a $650 billion program to procure 1,000 new...

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“Back in the USSR” Was Just a Song

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:28am 2/15/2011 at 11:28am

“You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the USSR, yeah”

It was just a song.  But to Brian Leiter, a law and philosophy professor at the University of Chicago who frequently takes swipes and swings at conservatives, it had a ring of truth to it:

“I should add, of course,...

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Russia “Unexpectedly” Objects To U.S. Missile Defense

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2:00pm 2/7/2011 at 2:00pm

I posted numerous times before about the alleged ambiguity in the New START Treaty language regarding missile defense, and how in the rush for a lame duck, pre-Christmas ratification, the Senate ignored differences in interpretation rather than seek clarification from the Russians.

The Russians consistently had voiced objection to U.S. interpretations, including from...

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How WikiLeaks Distorts – The British Nuke Controversy Example

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 5:01pm 2/5/2011 at 5:01pm

I have kept away from writing about “news” generated from WikiLeaks disclosure of stolen U.S. diplomatic cables. 

One of the main problems with using stolen diplomatic cables is that one is unlikely to get the full story in a single cable, leaving the ground clear for the collective imagination.  Most of...

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Killer Spam or Stuxnet?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 28, 2011 at 8:17am 1/28/2011 at 8:17am

Via The Telegraph:

A “Black Widow” suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year’s Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources.

The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that...

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Why Is The Russian Defense Minister Smiling?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00am 1/27/2011 at 7:00am

I do not think you listened to the State of the Union Address very carefully. 

How do I know that you were not listening carefully?

Well, I bet you thought Obama said that one of the benefits of the New START Treaty would be that the U.S. and Russia would reduce the...

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Russian Duma Still Does Not Accept Unilateral U.S. New START Treaty Interpretations

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12:35pm 1/21/2011 at 12:35pm

The New START Treaty follies continue.

As posted here before, in order to obtain Senate ratification, the Obama administration offered certain understandings of disputed language in the Treaty regarding defensive missile systems.  Such interpretations were inconsistent with prior Russian statements as to what the Russians understood the language to mean.

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The Fools Rushed In To New START

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:30am 1/4/2011 at 7:30am

The lame duck rush to ratify the New START Treaty is becoming an example of fools rushing in.

One of the sticking points for Republicans opposed to the Treaty (13 Republicans voted in favor of the Treaty) was that the Preamble language seemed to link missile reduction to limits on U.S. missile...

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Boney M

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:38am 12/30/2010 at 8:38am

That is a name I had not heard in decades.

When I studied in the Soviet Union many of the East European students loved the group Boney M and were surprised that none of the Americans in our group had heard of it.  To them, Boney M was supposed to be one of the...

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Legislation By Crisis Still Works For Obama

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 24, 2010 at 11:07am 12/24/2010 at 11:07am

Remember how important it was to pass New START during the lame duck session, rather than waiting until January? 

We were told that anything less would have angered the Russians and, in Harry Reid’s words, put nukes in the hands of terrorists.  Any attempt to amend the treaty to clarify the...

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Harry Reid Must Want Terrorists To Have Nukes

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 20, 2010 at 8:32am 12/20/2010 at 8:32am

The lame duck session has seen Harry Reid at his best or worst, depending upon your perspective.

Reid held back a slew of substantial legislation to the last two weeks in order to try to ram through measures which, in a rational world, would have had full hearings and debate.  Reid’s most...

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