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A Gem (or rather, a Ring) from Lucas

The demented Russophobe Edward Lucas has surpassed even his own stellar record of profound insights about the evil empire, this time explicitly comparing Russia to Mordor (the land of shadow in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings) from his Yahoo! list. Quoted below in its entirety for laughs. The British author JRR Tolkien always hated […]

The Z of History

Z Is The Last Letter in the Alphabet. What Were You Expecting?

Book Reviews

This is a list of most of the books I can recall having read, with the ones that I liked the most and/or which left the biggest intellectual influence on me highlighted to various degrees. Books that I mostly read, but not rigorously from cover to cover, are in italics. Entries with short reviews can […]

Iran Takes II: How the Iran War Will Be Fought

PS. Events overtook my writing of this blog post. Looking forwards to a resolution of the Stealth Question and the Aircraft Carrier Question. How would an Iran War be fought? I already addressed this question on several occasions, most notably on The Road to World War III (see 2.c. The Persian Gulf), as well as here and in a few […]


This page is a curated archive of some of my Best Posts since I started blogging here in January 2008, before moving to The Russian Reaction in 2015 and back to my own blog in October 2021. You can read a short introduction to my work at About Me. 🚨 As of February 2024 my […]

Uncle Sam Having a Harder Time Recruiting Russians

This has apparently been getting harder (h/t Betlo): The panel also noted that it is now more difficult to recruit intelligence sources inside Russia than it was during the Soviet era. During the Soviet era, the CIA relied upon “volunteers” who would approach American intelligence officers, Bearden said, but the pool of Russians willing to […]

Gloomy Presentiments

Tucker: “What is the American national interest that will be served by regime change?” Senator: “If you care about Israel… we have a strategic interest there.” I don’t think I have a reputation for panicking. But I do think that we are now at probably the most dangerous point in world affairs since Russian and […]

Punishing Putler

So it looks like the British reaction to The Skripal Affair is assuming very serious proportions, especially with the most recent allegations that the nerve agent in question was Novichok. (Incidentally, it is a gas so potent – an order of magnitude more so than VX – that carpet bombing a middle-sized city with it is projected […]

The Skripal Affair

Since nobody knows anything, as Alexander Mercouris points out, I haven’t bothered following this closely. Still, I suppose it’s big enough that I should post something about it. This comment from for-the-record seems not entirely implausible: What seems eminently clear is that whoever did it knew that this would be attributed to the Russians, and either […]

10 Years of Blogging

January 9, 2017 marks the day I began blogging a decade ago.   Donations I suppose now’s as good a time as any to launch my second panhandling drive. If you like the words that I write, and want me to write more of them, you can personally make that happen:   Looking Back My […]

Open Thread 33: Linkman Soup

Dmitry Hvorostovsky, one of the Russia’s best and most beloved artists, died this week of brain cancer.   Main News Andrew Higgins: Why Putin’s Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling “The Kremlin is of course very proud of this whole Russian interference story. It shows they are not just a group of old K.G.B. guys […]

Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Navalny

The Russia wide protests organized by Navalny on June 12 were a flop. This was not unexpected, given the lack of enthusiasm on social networks – in Moscow, there were 20% fewer people expressing interest in going to this event relative to the March 26th protest on Facebook. The earlier event had translated into 8,000 people, which […]