June 8, 2014

Why Was Putin Invited to Normandy?

Masha Gessen, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Vladimir Putin should not have been in Normandy, or anywhere where he might be treated like a legitimate world leader — but French President François Hollande invited him, and other Western leaders lacked either the desire or the leverage to object effectively. Putin’s presence at the D-Day festivities served to legitimize him and delegitimize the occasion.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Ukraine, Russia, World War II, Normandy Beaches

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

June 6, 2014
The Debt We Owe to Those Forever Young
Daily Telegraph
In Normandy today, we shall witness the passing of a generation. Seventy years after D-Day, the veterans from the 17 countries who took part will stage their final collective commemoration of the greatest seaborne invasion in... more ››
June 6, 2014
The Not-So-Special Relationship
Cohen & Scheinmann, American Interest
Seventy years ago, D-Day marked the pinnacle of the U.S.-UK “special relationship.” Today British military power is a shell of its former self. more ››
June 6, 2014
D-Day's Going to Be Awkward This Year
Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy
This year's commemoration will prove even more challenging. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, now wound or winding down, have proved to be anything but good wars. The Obama administration's NSA spying and drone warfare, and... more ››
June 6, 2014
Obama at Omaha
Roger Cohen, New York Times
Obama at bloody Omaha, in the sixth year of his presidency, falls short at a time when his aides have been defining the cornerstone of his foreign policy as: “Don’t do stupid stuff.” Americans do not respond... more ››
June 6, 2014
D-Day Success Was Never Sure Thing
Carlo D'Este, Armchair General
General Dwight D. Eisenhower scribbled these chilling words on a piece of paper shortly before D-Day, June 6, 1944. Ike’s naval aide, Captain Harry C. Butcher, found it crumpled in his shirt pocket weeks later and saved it for... more ››