Crimea 2.0

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”Was there a man dismayed?Not though the soldier knew   Someone had blundered.   Theirs not to make reply,   Theirs not to reason why,   Theirs but to do and die.   Into the valley of Death   Rode the six hundred. Immortalized by Tennyson in his 1854 poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” published in The Examiner, praising the brigade (“When canContinue reading “Crimea 2.0”

Циркон

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3M22_Zircon Zircon is believed to be a maneuvering, winged hypersonic cruise missile with a lift-generating center body. A booster stage with solid-fuel engines accelerates it to supersonic speeds, after which a scramjet motor with liquid-fuel (JP-10 Jet fuel) in the second stage accelerates it to hypersonic speeds. The missile’s range is estimated to beContinue reading “Циркон”

Безопасность

Pepe Escobar in Zero Hedge explains the obvious: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/escobar-why-russia-driving-west-crazy  Why Russia Is Driving The West Crazy Future historians may register it as the day when usually unflappable Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov decided he had had enough: We are getting used to the fact that the European Union is trying to impose unilateral restrictions, illegitimateContinue reading “Безопасность”

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Ironic that John le Carre passed last week. Let’s revisit some dialog from the epic screenplay for his “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”: CONTROL: “Shut up, Esterhase.” Control waves him down. Smiley considers the report dispassionately.SMILEY: “If it’s genuine it’s gold-dust.(Beat) But its topicality makes it suspect.” Control turns to Alleline, with a mocking smile.CONTROL: “SmileyContinue reading “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

“When the European Union speaks as a superior, Russia wants to know: Can we do any business with the EU?”

Lavrov: “No matter what we do, the West will try to hobble and restrain us, and undermine our efforts in the economy, politics, and technology. These are all elements of one approach.” Question: “Their national security strategy states that they will do so.” Lavrov: “Of course it does, but it is articulated in a way thatContinue reading ““When the European Union speaks as a superior, Russia wants to know: Can we do any business with the EU?””