...meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won't see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House.The leaders of all other NATO countries found the time to meet Mr. Stoltenberg because it's important. This is the only man who can stop Vladimir Putin. Yet, for some unknown reason President Obama refuses to meet him.
Last Friday, at the German Marshall Fund Brussels Forum, Stoltenberg talked about the importance of close coordination inside NATO in order to first confront Russian aggression and then eventually move toward a stable relationship with Moscow....
...Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told the Brussels Forum that there has been a worrisome lag between NATO’s promises of more defensive equipment for Poland and what has actually arrived, a blow to the alliance's credibility. “It’s very important and necessary for everyone to have the conviction, including the potential aggressor to have this conviction, that NATO is truly determined to execute contingency plans,” he said.Let us explain the issue using sport analogy:
washingtonexaminer.com: American defense experts made the discovery while translating a secret Iranian military handbook, raising new concerns about Tehran's recent nuclear talks with the administration.#US #Iran
"Since Russia annexed Crimea, the de facto authorities are using a vast array of bully-boy tactics to crack down on dissent...To summarize, the AI pictures Crimea not as a territory happily reunited with "mother Russia" but as an occupied territory were anything goes and people have to flee to seek any justice. The local people have "no right to protest or celebrate Crimean Tatar culture". Since annexation, at least seven people have been abducted, whose fate remains unknown. At least one other abducted person has been found dead, with signs of torture.
One year on from Crimea’s annexation, the attitude of its de facto authorities and their Russian masters can be summed up simply – like it or leave or shut up."
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...Russia-watchers including Michael Caputo and Tom Nichols have put forward a darker theory: Russia is in the middle of a coup, and if hard-liners win, Russian nukes could wind up pointed at the world’s major cities.Does he have a point? Can things get any worse?
“One thing is for sure: while this plays out, the world is in far more danger than we were in February,” writes Caputo. “Pray for us all.”
"Poland will stress-test its defense capabilities with a series of countrywide drills involving the government, local authorities and the military in response to the Ukraine crisis, Polish president's chief security adviser said." (see headlines).Poland is also planing to call up men with no military experience to take part in compulsory army training. Again, something that has never happened before.
"...suspected Russian hackers have bedeviled State Department’s email system for much of the past year and continue to pose problems for technicians trying to eradicate the intrusion..." CNN reported on Tuesday.
“The attackers who breached State are also believed to be behind hacks on the White House’s email system, and against several other federal agencies, the officials say,”By many officials this attack is considered the “worst ever” cyber-attack on America’s diplomatic establishment. It doesn't take that much to imagine that an attack on this level of sophistication would not even be noticed on a private server such as Clinton's.
"...her spokesperson says that she, while using this personal account, was adhering to the spirit and the letter of the law..."Today Hillary Clinton said that she wants public to see her emails and appealed to the State Department to release them. Now, how does that work? Since she owns the server she basically controls which emails we can see. Yes, email administrators can go through EVERYONE's email accounts and look for email from or to her but it may take months.
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NYT: Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.There already were suspicions among those who investigated the Benghazi attack. Because, the amount of emails provided to them was low.
HotAir: Ever wonder why multiple investigations of the Benghazi attack failed to turn up much from Hillary Clinton’s e-mails? So did the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the facility and the failures that led to it.We do have the right to know what people who work for us do while at work but we can't because neither Hillary nor her people...
...took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act...Will she go to jail? No. She just became even more qualified, at least by Obama's standards, to become the next president.