Monday, December 31, 2018

You Can Read Me Now In US Naval Institute Blog.

Russian Navy, Mission Found?

You may read my new piece on some doctrine-technology issues in today's USNI Blog post. Link is below. 

Let's Try Q & A And Whatever Else Sticky Post

Here is the post which I will try to keep sticky for people to ask questions and share their thoughts which are not on topic. This, I think is known as Open Thread. Fire away.

You May Read Me on Unz Review Too.

1. I got my first piece published on Unz Review today, so you may check it out there

2. You can read my piece on some peculiarities of Russo-Chinese "alliance" at Unz Review. Here:

The Russo-Chinese "Alliance" Explained 

3. Here is the latest One. 

Russia's Stand-Off Capability: The 800 Pound Gorilla in Syria

4. On INF Treaty.   

 The Sand Castle INF Treaty

5. New piece on geopolitics and navalism.

The Russo-Chinese "Alliance" Revisited  

6. My new piece on Putin's speech came out today at Unz Review. 

The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Asia Times' Review Of The Book By Pepe Escobar.

Here is the fresh, in depth, coverage of my book by Pepe Escobar in Asia Times. I post here some opinions expressed in the review. You can find the whole piece here:  

Here’sthe real reason the US must talk to Russia. 

A new book details why future historians may well identify Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st century New Great Game in Eurasia

From quoting Alexis de Tocqueville and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to revisiting the balance of power during the Soviet era and beyond, Martyanov carefully tracks how the only nation on the planet “which can militarily defeat the United States conventionally” has reacted to a situation where any “meaningful dialogue between Russia and America’s politicians is virtually impossible.”
What is ultimately revealed is not only a case of disregarding basic Sun Tzu – “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles” – but most of all undiluted hubris, turbocharged, among a series of illusionistic positive feedback loops, by Desert Storm’s “turkey shoot” of Saddam Hussein’s heavily inflated, woefully trained army.


Martyanov’s must-read book is the ultimate Weapon of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam Hussein version, this one actually exists. As Putin warned (at 7:10 in the video), “They did not listen to us then.” Are they listening now?  

Friday, July 20, 2018


San Remo 1982:

Paolo Rossi, Dino Zoff, Gaetano Shirea, Conti, Tardelli, Altobelli, Orialli...

Of course, bone-crushing Gentille, Colovatti and legend Enzo Bearzott. Half of them from Old Signora--Juventus. It was the year of Azzuri in USSR. It was also the year of magical Antonella Ruggiero and Matia Bazar:

Ahhh, those Rich and Poor. 

Remember This?

THE ultimate in (portable) sound. 

Still The Best
Russians have this thing about staying loyal to good times (and good music, from rock to pop) even after decades. And these Austrian guys certainly made an impact in 1980s. That is why Moscow has this Discotheque of 1980s and people come there to see and listen to their special musicians. I always count myself to be a good serious listener to my favorite blues, jazz, fusion, progressive rock, but once in a while I still yield to glam, mood and... nostalgia. Plus, it is Friday. 

John Mearsheimer And Stephen Cohen--Succinct.

No comments are needed. Listen attentively to Mearsheimer's remark on "freedom" in geopolitical sense.  That is pure, distilled and very healthy Realism--the way it is supposed to be.