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.
No one ever asks: Mr Expert, you’ve been wrong for twenty years, why should anybody take you seriously now?
“Putin’s disinformation campaigns” are so clever that they use real information, Patrick Armstrong writes.
In short, we are supposed to believe that in 2016 the Russian hacked nothing but the election and in 2020 they hacked everything but the election.
In the West, and especially the USA, today, we observe an inability to imagine, understand, come to terms with or tolerate difference.
There is an objective reality: and the most powerful and strong-willed individual can only shape the future within the existing possibilities.
NATO isn’t a paper tiger, it’s a paper pussycat, Patrick Armstrong writes.
Collaborating with foreign intelligence structures to create a poisoning narrative would appear to fit the definition of treason. How about writing a letter to a foreign head of state asking him to sanction your country?
The West is losing its aura of success – endless wars, divisive politics, COVID failure, financial crises, debt. And ever more desperate attempts to hold power against ever bolder dissent.
A quarter of a century later, Putin, chosen by Yeltsin himself, is undeniably the legitimate president of all the Russians.