Below is the audio of a recent Russian language interview I did with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the legality of US military intervention against ISIS. The program also includes commentary by foreign policy experts Mikhail Bernstam of the Hoover Institution, Anna Barshefsky, and Daniel Goure. I know we have some readers who understand Russian; the audio may be of interest to you.
GLASGOW — George Washington is said to have cherished a wood snuff box from a tree that hid William Wallace from the English during the wars of independence, which eventually ended in victory for the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Who is the world’s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia? Surprise. It is Germany, a country bound by law to supply only allies and peaceable folks like (neutral) Switzerland or Sweden. Off limits are “areas of tension” — bad neighborhoods that actually need the stuff.
PYLOS, Greece – Marble statues are nothing new in Greece. Recently uncovered in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis are a couple of elaborately sculpted, fully hair-braided caryatids standing at the entryway to an elaborate Alexander the Great-era tomb.
The union is saved. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, has resigned. All the ink spilled on the benefits and costs of an independent Scotland can be consigned to counterfactual history. The only pressing question is the significance – and consequences – of the No vote.
It’s a pity that FKB sounds like one of Vladimir Putin’s secret services, because the Federal Kingdom of Britain is what the British now need. Otherwise, the United Kingdom will become an Untied Kingdom.
Scottish voters have spoken: They want to remain part of the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister David Cameron gambled and won, but barely, and after offering last-minute economic and political concessions. Cameron came close to losing because he underestimated the power of democracy and overestimated the power of his government.