RECOMMENDED READING PART II.Dr. Barnett
on "Russia’s two steps backward, one step forward
As a point of personal interest, I wish Tom would write on Russia more often than he does as he began his career as an East Bloc specialist and that's my original area of interest as well ( I have often thought that if Dr. Barnett, T.M. Lutas
and I ever sat down together we'd inevitably end up discussing Ceaucescu). Here Tom critiques the vapidity of Putin's Siloviki State - with his " clan" having triumphed utterly, Putin is like Robert Redford in " The Candidate" asking " What do I do now ?"
The problem is, the truly democratic Duma alternatives to Putin are weak, divided, unpopular and corrupt. That Putin is the only game in town may be annoying, but Russia unraveling as a state would make Iraq look like a retirement home.
" at Arms and Influence
on "Counterterrorism is easier, part I
I confess to being a fan of the extended analysis posts of Kingdaddy. While I'm quite a few clicks to his political Right, Kingdaddy does his homework and assembles his argument with scholarly discretion; he's not grinding an axe for anyone. Arms and Influence
is definitely a blog worthy of being on more blogrolls.Collounsbury
on " Maghreb & Rumsfeld
Col has some interesting normative remarks on Algeria that I can't really disagree with:"The Algerian regime is a backwards, cantakerous ill-tempered vampire state whose only positive factor is that it is less reprehensible than the takfiri Salafiste murderers that it fought for the past decade. But only marginally so."
The only attraction of this once rabidly pro-Soviet pack of bastards is their demonstrable commitment (and reasonable competence at) to slaughtering the worst kind of Islamist lunatics.'Aqoul
as a blog, I must note, is rising in the
world these days
on " Our Use of Light
Physics is a good dose of reality and the nature of light has a critical impact on our perception of that reality - at least for those not congenitally blind.
That's it !