CONN M. HALLINAN – It is finally time to re-think alliances. NATO was a child of the Cold War, when the West believed that the Soviets were a threat. But Russia today is not the Soviet Union, and there is no way Moscow would be stupid enough to attack a superior military force. It is time NATO went the way of the Warsaw Pact and recognize that the old ways of thinking are not only outdated but also dangerous.
CONN HALLINAN – â€œAggressive,â€ â€œrevanchist,â€ â€œswaggeringâ€: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words â€œRussia,â€ or â€œVladimir Putin.â€ It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War. The question is, why?