As Russia tightens the vice, Trump’s warning recalled; Green Germany eyes fossil fuel

As Russia tightens the vice, Trump’s warning recalled; Green Germany eyes fossil fuel

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler This was a crisis waiting to happen. Europe’s unfolding energy emergency was long in coming but at the same time widely encouraged by Western European states all too eager to embrace Russia’s cheap and available natural gas delivered to the European Union’s doorstep by a spiderweb of pipelines […]

From ‘Finlandization’ to an expanded NATO: ‘Not without risk’

From ‘Finlandization’ to an expanded NATO: ‘Not without risk’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Just a year ago, the political odds of comfortably neutral Sweden and Finland joining NATO were a long shot; Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine changed the military threat and jolted the political calculus. At last week’s NATO Summit in Madrid, both countries were fast-tracked to full membership in […]

Zelensky: Ukraine wants more money

Zelensky: Ukraine wants more money

by WorldTribune Staff, June 29, 2022 The total amount of U.S. taxpayer money either already sent to or pledged by Team Biden to Ukraine is nearing the $50 billion mark. That apparently isn’t enough for President Volodymyr Zelensky. In an address to the 30 leaders of the NATO bloc on Wednesday, Zelensky said Ukraine wants […]

From post-Trump exhilaration to panic: Ukraine War changes Europe’s views on defense

From post-Trump exhilaration to panic: Ukraine War changes Europe’s views on defense

by WorldTribune Staff, April 15, 2022 During the previous U.S. administration, Western European countries resisted President Donald Trump’s appeals to increase their defense budgets. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Poland, Norway, Sweden and Finland have all announced they would indeed increase their defense spending, David Isaac noted in an April […]

Russia again rebuked by UN, NATO; Ukraine faces ‘Syria scenario’

Russia again rebuked by UN, NATO; Ukraine faces ‘Syria scenario’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The second salvo of diplomatic condemnation slammed into Russia as the UN General Assembly once again soundly and overwhelmingly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. The first Assembly vote came a few weeks ago condemning the Russian invasion; the second rebuke focused on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Vladimir […]

Gay, Godless, conservative? NATO soft power’s hard consequences

Gay, Godless, conservative? NATO soft power’s hard consequences

Special to WorldTribune, March 23, 2022 Analysis by Eric Clary American conservatism is truly in disarray and nothing has demonstrated this more effectively than the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Since the Russian “invasion” began, Conservative Inc quickly reverted from America First populism to muh “freedom” for Ukraine sloganeering. But before heartland conservatives join, support, or enlist in […]

Ukraine crisis — Brinksmanship to blitzkrieg to . . . ?

Ukraine crisis — Brinksmanship to blitzkrieg to . . . ?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Vladimir Putin has rolled the dice. And now he has moved militarily on Ukraine. Significantly, shortly after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Putin began his dismemberment of Ukraine in the Donbas then Crimea. Washington watched but did little. It appears that the Russian despot is following the same […]

Putin responds to Biden with threat of deploying tactical nukes to Ukraine border

Putin responds to Biden with threat of deploying tactical nukes to Ukraine border

by WorldTribune Staff, December 14, 2021 During his call with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin last week, Joe Biden outlined the economic sanctions he said the West would impose if Russian forces invaded Ukraine. Putin demanded that NATO halt its eastward expansion and not offer membership in NATO to Ukraine and Georgia. Now the Kremlin is […]

Who signed off on Bagram? The hinge of fate

Who signed off on Bagram? The hinge of fate

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The warning flags were clearly there but Team Biden chose not to heed them. A top secret State Department Memo in mid-July, cited by the Wall Street Journal, signaled swift advances of  the Taliban and the impending collapse of the Afghan military. Nobody seemed to notice? Let’s offer […]

European funk: Commissioned poll finds ‘crisis of confidence’ with U.S., EU

European funk: Commissioned poll finds ‘crisis of confidence’ with U.S., EU

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler European majorities seem troubled and deeply disillusioned over the ongoing COVID pandemic, which has turned into a crisis of confidence in the European Union, and equally stirred lingering doubts about the United States as a partner and ally. This gloomy assessment is reflected in a current poll which […]

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