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Lowry: Nationalism’s finest hour

If anyone had any doubt that Ukraine has its own national identity, the early days of the Russian invasion should have eliminated it. There's been the stiff resistance of Ukraine's fighters, the former president giving interviews in the streets of Kyiv in battle gear, the ordinary men and ...

Pitts: What begins in lies tends to end in carnage

Then as now, it began with lies. On Sept. 1, 1939, Adolf Hitler's forces crossed the border into Poland. The German chancellor did so on the pretext that ethnic Germans were being persecuted. German operatives, disguised as Poles, even staged an attack on a German radio station, yelling ...

Buchanan: Did we provoke Putin’s war in Ukraine?

When Russia's Vladimir Putin demanded that the U.S. rule out Ukraine as a future member of the NATO alliance, the U.S. archly replied: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, may apply for membership and be admitted. We're not changing that. In the Bucharest declaration of ...

Barone: Ukraine’s fate is rooted in a tragic history

For those trying to keep up with the fast-moving events in Ukraine, it may be helpful to consider some lessons of history. Mistakes made in the past week, added onto developments covering the last two or three centuries, have left the United States and its European allies — in particular the ...

Charen: How Democrats can save themselves

In a few days, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union speech. He might want to consider some advice from two political analysts who have a track record of success. In 1989, William Galston (my esteemed colleague on the "Beg to Differ" podcast) and Elaine Kamarck, both of ...

Harrop: Fight Russian aggression with clean energy

Russian attacks on Ukraine have spiked the already high price of oil. But going up with that are the economic incentives to ditch this primitive fuel — the environmental reasons being well known. Russia provides about 40% of Europe's gas import, and its squeeze on supply has forced some ...

Stiehm: Valentines on Presidents’ Day: My three heartbeats

Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day made me feel sugar-sweet and bitter-blue after reviewing my heart's history. The only cure for what ailed me was to pick the presidents that are my best valentines. It's come to this in the pandemic, a famine for femmes fatales. So little flirting, no ...

Buchanan: Has Putin won round one in Ukraine?

When NBC's Lester Holt asked President Joe Biden what might prompt him to send U.S. troops to rescue Americans fleeing Ukraine, Biden replied: "There's not. That's a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another." "It's not like we're dealing with a terrorist organization. ...

Franks: My great grandfather, former slave G.W. Petteway

During Black History Month, I frequently think about my great-grandfather who was born a slave in North Carolina in 1834. I think of how he made education such a vital part of his life, as he was allowed to read when reading was against the law for most Blacks. He shared the word of the Bible ...

Stiehm: Biden’s perfect pick Is in the House

WASHINGTON — The first Black woman on the Supreme Court is justice delayed, and President Joe Biden — and the nominee — has the historical burden of presenting the perfect pick to the nation. I think I know who that woman would be. Someone Biden sees often and knows well: Vice President ...