Anniversary of two articles: Foresight in hindsight
They weren’t anything special, really. What made them significant was that they examined and interpreted facts that most people didn’t want to know or discuss.
The first article, written in 1999 for Insight magazine, chronicled the rise of Vladimir Putin before most Americans had ever heard of him.
In that article, I said that his appointment from relative anonymity to prime minister marked an “ominous trend” of the KGB taking over the Russian government. At the time, few in Washington – of either political party – wanted to criticize Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his team (including Putin).
The second, written in 2013 for Investor’s Business Daily, was about US “provocative weakness” toward Russia – a weakness that would invite trouble in places like Russia and Syria.
One need not have 20/20 hindsight to write such articles. In these cases, the articles were written in advance of Putin’s rise to assume dictatorial powers and become an aggressor, or for American “provocative weakness” to provoke Russia into taking extreme actions, and to provoking elements in Syria – as ISIS would – to the point that events would spin out of control.
Here is the collection of my articles about the rise of Putin.