For nearly two months, I’ve been living in Budapest, Hungary and travelling around the country giving lectures. It’s been a highly productive and genuinely educational experience, until Putin starting mass murdering civilians in Hungary’s neighbor, Ukraine. The war has now dominated my conversations and indelibly colored my experience. Hungarians are not just concerned, they’re actively worried—and with good reason.
Thank you for posting this. Watching what is happening to the Ukraine makes me angry and sad. This would NOT be happening if Trump was the current president. Biden is weak, ineffectual, incompetent and corrupt. The top people in his administration were chosen to tick off boxes for racial, ethnic and progressive agendas, not for their ability, knowledge or competence and tragically it shows.
When America is strong the world is a safer place. Tyrants and despots think twice about adventuring and moving on their neighbors.
Biden did not win by a fair election. There are some who still deny that but truth will out. We can thank the media, Big Tech, and the Deep State for the disaster they have inflicted on the USA and the chaos and destruction they have inflicted on the world.
Character and competence matter. We see it being played out now in real time.
President Trump may have some rough edges but he knows who he is, he is beholden to no one and no country and he loves the USA. He is incorruptible and everyone knows it. He is the most investigated person in world history. I would like to see Biden undergo a similar scrutiny.
'This is not a neocon trumpet for foreign wars and endless, ill-advised geopolitical adventures. '
lol, yes it is.
Beautiful country. Another great article even though sad to read the impotency brought on by Biden to our country and the current perception of our nation. Every cabinet member under this administration is an activist, not a patriot, and their decay is spreading.
Peter, Thank you for heartaching words describing perception of what's happening in/to US lately through Hungarian eyes. Unfortunately, this is not just perception but sad reality
yes, I think your last couple of paragraphs reveal the need to look again at the rest of the article's thoughts. They might need work.
" . . . they do not think the Hungarian people can lean on the United States." I wish they didn't lean on us but could.
Hungary has been and still is violating EU law on refugees. Viktor Orbán is censoring the media so freedom of press is a serious problem there. I know you know, Peter. I just hope you didn't disrespect your audience assuming they don't know. Specially Hungarians who don't like their government the way you don't like yours. You are not in trouble in the USA because nobody like Orbán rules there. I wish your Hungarian "friends" the same luck that you have.
Hungary should be thankful of being part of NATO instead of whining about the US being imperfect. What did Eisenhower do in 1956 when the USSR crushed Hungary? Where were Johnson and Nixon when the "Warsaw Pact" invaded Czechoslovakia in '68? How is this moment worse except that people on the so called "right" now admire Putin?
You can ask: "how can I help?"
Encouragement. Support for refugees.Support for Ukrainians- medical, other. Support for countries making sacrifices to help them. Calling on your representatives and our president to do the same.