Putin’s takeover of Crimea is part of a larger strategy

Stephen J. Hadley was national security adviser from 2005 to 2009 and is a member of the executive committee of the Atlantic Council’s board of directors. Damon Wilson was senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council from 2007 to 2009 and is...

Milbank: Obama, the feckless tyrant

President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant. That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his...

Cohen: Putin’s folly in Crimea

Vladimir Nabokov considered Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady With the Dog” one of the best short stories ever written. For what it’s worth, I agree. The plot is a simple one. A womanizing banker from Moscow seduces a young woman at the Black Sea resort of Yalta — and then,...
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Editorial: The West must assuage the fears of former Soviet republics

AS THE shock waves from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spread across Europe, the first country to tremble is neighboring Moldova, a small country that, since 1992, has been challenged by a separatist province propped up by Russian troops. Transnistria, a lawless zone that...

Robinson: In the Ukraine crisis, the U.S. has a credibility problem

Let’s be real. It’s one thing to say that Russia’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula “cannot be allowed to stand,” as many foreign policy sages have proclaimed. It’s quite another to do something about it. Is it just me, or does the rhetoric about the...

Diehl: Venezuela, the uprising no one is noticing

There are plenty of reasons to worry about Venezuela. A country with the world’s largest oil reserves now also manages to beat the world in inflation, violent crime and shortages of essential goods. The government’s response consists mostly of arrests of opposition...
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Editorial: D.C. schools still have too many unmet challenges

NOT SO long ago, public schools weren’t talked about much during D.C. political campaigns. What point would there have been? City schools were seen as hopeless. The public didn’t expect much, and candidates didn’t promise much. It’s a hopeful sign, then,...
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Editorial: The U.S. can’t afford to get complacent about obesity

HEADLINES LAST week offered a glimmer of hope on obesity: A government study found that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 5 dropped by about 40 percent between 2003 and 2012. That comports with another recent government report finding that, in several states, young, poor...

Limit Md.’s solitary confinement use

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Fairfax County budget sends a troubling message

Regarding the Feb. 26 Metro article “Property tax cap in Fairfax may jump”: Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long Jr.’s fiscal 2015 budget plan is sadly one-sided in that it satisfies the needs of the county government but ignores the significant needs of our schools. The...