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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.

Rather than making...

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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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Another Phony Crisis, Another Rush To Vote

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 19, 2010 at 9:45am 11/19/2010 at 9:45am

Once again, Barack Obama is creating a phony crisis to rush a major legislative vote without having done the preliminary legwork to address Republican concerns.

Think Stimulus and Obamacare. 

This time, it arguably is the most important vote, the Senate ratification of the new START Treaty with Russia.

Although Obama signed the Treaty...

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History Started On January 20, 2009

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:45am 4/26/2010 at 9:45am

President Obama’s outreach to Russia constitutes a “strategic reset,” according to Spencer Ackerman.

The proof? The recent Joint Statement issued by the U.S. and Russia commemorating the meeting of U.S. and Soviet troops at the Elbe River during WWII (emphasis mine):

Now this is something you don’t often see from American and...

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Guess What – We Agreed To Trade Nukes For Non-Nukes

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:47pm 4/22/2010 at 9:47pm

So reports The New York Times regarding a new conventional weapons system under development.

In the recent arms control treaty signed with the Russians we agreed to count each of these new conventional weapons towards the nuclear weapons limits in the treaty, meaning that for each of these new non-nuclear weapons, we...

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