Just How Strong Is Putin?

Timestamp: mid-Tuesday morning.

I saw it first from the Wall Street Journal although I’m not certain that’s where it broke. As with most breaking news reality may differ a bit from the initial reports but it is certainly verified that metro-Moscow suffered an albeit limited drone attack upon civilian targets. I want to speculate/explore two questions: who and more importantly why.

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A Strongman To Watch

Normally the subject of my Sunday article is the biggest political story of the week just passed. Internationally anyway, the biggest story of this week, although not unexpected, broke this Sunday. Recep Erdogan was reelected to a five year term as President of Turkey. I doubt most Americans even noticed but the international implications could be huge.

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A Landing

Today is Memorial Day, the day we set aside to honor our war dead. (All veterans are honored on Veterans’ Day in November. Today is set aside for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.) Perhaps it is taken from the Christian principle of hate the sin but love the sinner, in any event I’m a believer in respect the warrior regardless of what you think/thought of the war. As I told a friend of mine with survivor’s remorse, nobody cuts their own orders.

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The Campaign Of Rapidly Waning Relevance

Putting the debt ceiling aside (for a day anyway) the biggest political story of last week – or at least what I’m deeming as such – was the equivalent of a political train wreck; we just can’t seem to ignore it.

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