Patrick Armstrong was an analyst in the Canadian Department of National Defence specialising in the USSR/Russia from 1984 and a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1993-1996. He retired in 2008 and has been writing on Russia and related subjects on the Net ever since.
The Trump Administration is saying “my way or the highway”. The Europeans are certainly big enough to set off on the highway by themselves.
“What do we SCF writers have in common? Well, Dear Reader, look around you. Certainly we question The Truth,” Patrick Armstrong writes.
You’d think that a country that had been at war for that much of its existence, would be pretty good at it. But you’d be wrong.
It’s freely available and it’s inexpensive enough that every pundit can have a personal copy.
Russians have figured out that they weren’t welcome, they aren’t welcome and they never will be welcome. It is unlikely that another 6 years of hysterical Russophobia will have convinced the Russian public that the West is more welcoming.
If forced to admit that Moscow is playing by the rules, they retort that it’s only to better break them tomorrow.
Russia is not inferior, not “Asiatic”, not uncivilised, not uncultured; different. It’s a “civilisation state”, like China, Patrick Armstrong writes.
Chasing after the exceptionalist goal of dominance in everything, everywhere, all the time is a “tried and true” road to oblivion.
We laypeople are left wondering: has there ever been so frightened a superpower? So mighty and all about to be lost.