Nothing would go further toward rebuilding prosperity in Russia than a national program to transform the country’s infrastructure. Sochi has shown the way forward, and that is the real story the Western media have sidestepped.
There are often hailstorms in Armenia and throughout the rugged and mountainous Caucasus region. But the ferocity of this one—happening in mid- May when crops were just coming to life—was highly unusual.
Forget the moderate image, promoted by an admiring media. Forget the so-called straight talk and independence. With the Russian-Georgian war winding down, McCain has firmly established himself as an old-fashioned Cold Warrior and a supporter of the huge oil companies that have a big stake in Georgia and the rest of the Caucasus.