Patrick Armstrong

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.

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September 1, 2021
Afghanistan: Same, Same; Again, Again

The difference between the U.S. performances in Vietnam and Afghanistan is that in the first, the vehicles were painted green and in the second, sand.

August 20, 2021
What to Do? – The European Dilemma

Aim for genuine independence: preserve the thought of a united Europe becoming an independent force in the world, Patrick Armstrong writes.

August 8, 2021
Can They Learn? Another US Wargame Defeat

The war game turned out to be a rather accurate predictor of the future

August 4, 2021
Ukraine and the Long Game

There are very good reasons why Moscow has learned that it’s better to be patient, Patrick Armstrong writes.

July 24, 2021
Projection and Deflection: Russia’s Infrastructure

When you see a Western piece saying that Russia is deficient in this or that, it’s wise to see it as just a projection of the West’s shortcomings.

July 13, 2021
The News Killed Satire

Given what they say every day, how would you tell the difference between solemn official announcements and mischievous satire?

June 19, 2021
The Good Nazis and Bad Nazis of Western Media

Good nazis look like nazis but aren’t really nazis and bad nazis don’t look like them but actually are nazis, Patrick Armstrong writes.

May 23, 2021
Countering the American Way of War – Proof of Concept

“If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble.”

May 8, 2021
Why Moscow Doesn’t Just Knock Him Over

Moscow knows what Washington has not yet learnt: it’s not just one guy, it’s a whole country and sugar hits don’t last.

April 25, 2021
Russia, Russia, Ever Failing

No one ever asks: Mr Expert, you’ve been wrong for twenty years, why should anybody take you seriously now?