Both the West and Vladimir Putin will be weakened by this international crisis.
The moves Putin is putting on LGBT Russians are more accurately described as unwanted advances.
Lesbians and gay men are not “sick people who need help.”
Russia's anti-gay laws are scary on paper. But, as Masha Gessen made plain, those laws are more frightening in reality.
Leading up to the president's speech, things might be breaking for the president, turning what was a certain political "disastrophe" into a simple calamity.
It got almost no notice, but at yesterday’s Senate hearing on Syria, the secretary of state made a stunning revelation.
Even if there ever was an Obama-Putin relationship, it's over for the rest of the Obama presidency. It will be up to the next president to push the re-reset button.
Unless U.S. policy toward post-Soviet Russia changes, we risk plunging into a new Cold War.