Fr. Schnippel noted yesterday that a Russian "academic" is predicting the collapse and division of the United States in 2010. It seems that the story is also being carried by the Wall Street Journal. Also yesterday, Jonah Goldberg at The Corner noted an opinion column at the Boston Globe in which James Carroll dreams of Obama following the lead of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Didn't Gorbachev oversee the breakup of the Soviet Union? Are these two items related?
Note: I agree with Jonah that drawing a moral equivalence between the U.S. and the USSR is despicable.