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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April 16, 2019
What If Mainstream Media’s Message About Putin Was Delivered in Orwell’s Language?

In a world increasingly resembling George Orwell’s “1984,” Patrick Armstrong comes up with a modest proposal to protect democracy against Putin. “Love the Ruling Party: we all win and Putin loses!”

April 9, 2019
Putin Derangement Syndrome After Mueller

Derangement was strong before the interference/collusion lie and it will exist as long as Putin does: the war party is too invested in personalities ever to realise that it’s Russia, not its president, that’s the obstacle.

March 17, 2019
The Trump Mysteries: Inconsistent Inconsistencies

There are three events of the Trump period that I cannot fit into either the Trump-the-disentangler theory or the Trump-dupe-of-war-party theory. These actions just don't fit either: they are inconsistently inconsistent.

March 9, 2019
Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Two

Is Trump behaving in a boorishly unilateral way to force his allies to break the imperial connection, or is it just the habitual "America First" style now crudely stripped of the earlier politesse?

February 27, 2019
McCarthyism Then and Now: But There Was Reality Then

One can only hope that the conspiracy will finally be so revealed and so proven and so obvious that even the consumers of CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian, the NYT and the rest will understand what was really going on.

February 16, 2019
Predator Fish and Prey Fish

As a result of different historical realities, Russians have a completely different view of war: for Russia it's life or death, while for medieval Europe it was a sport for kings.

January 23, 2019
Integrity Initiative: Big Brother’s Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists?

How have we concerned individuals voluntarily come together (assisted by £2+ million of the taxpayer's money) to save democracy? Unpaid, unasked and unplotted. Completely conspiracy-free in fact.

January 14, 2019
Real Crickets, Fake News

Irritating cricket sounds produced a kind of dancing mania among US diplomats and the presstitutes sank to the occasion – even though the Cuban evidence was out there – and blamed Russia.

January 8, 2019
Back to the USSR: How to Read Western News

Many subjects are covered in Western media outlets with a single voice. Coverage of certain subjects are almost 100% false: Putin, Russia, Syria and Ukraine stand out.

December 28, 2018
Today, as 200 Years Ago, C’est Toujours la Même Chose

Today, like two centuries ago, anyone who deviated from the received wisdom must be echoing Russian falsehood!