That truth is the first casualty of war has become a cliché, writes Frida Ghitis. But it didn't take a war for Putin's Russia to launch a stream of falsehoods and disinformation. The deceptions started decades ago and they never stopped. The war allowed the world to see it deployed in real time.
Event was Russian leader’s ‘best attempt to look like Donald Trump’, commentator says on his Fox News show
Americans rarely pay much attention to international events. Busy lives leave little time for distant events with unfamiliar protagonists.
A constant talking point on the right is that Donald Trump is strong and would never have permitted Putin to invade Ukraine. Their past relationship demonstrates the absurdity of this and we should remind ourselves of it.
The two leaders' wishes for closer relations have been thwarted -- for now.
Putin is using nuclear deterrence as cover for a massive conventional military offensive. This is an ominous turn of events.