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Trump’s soft rhetoric toward Russia masks assertiveness against Putin

by J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / February 22, 2020. President Trump has reversed his predecessor’s weakness toward Russia and developed an impressive track record against the Putin regime’s aggressive behavior. Putin’s ability to project power is small and his economy is small, but the Russian leader has presided over a massive

What Trump should tell Putin in Helsinki

by J Michael Waller / Fox News / July 15, 2018 President Trump can have a successful summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland and outwit his critics if he takes a tough-love approach to his seeming bromance with the Russian leader. Putin’s hold on power is weaker than it seems. He takes

From butter to missiles (how US aid funds Russian nuclear modernization)

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, December 15, 1998. Russia’s new government leaders have yet to devise a coherent recovery plan as they beg for Western economic and food aid. But instead, they have been spending their time and money preparing for — of all things — nuclear war against the United States and its allies.

No nukes pointed this way? Think again.

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, July 6, 1998 After years of assuring the public that no nuclear missiles are aimed at the United States, President Clinton came to China with a proposal to Beijing — a proposal admitting that what he told the American people was untrue. The president asked China’s communist leaders to de-target