The Copydude left an intelligent comment on my FT-comment post and linked to a delusional piece of writing by Peter Ziehan; Russia Where Now? He asks whether may Russians have ever heard of the “Andropov Doctrine” - Google certainly has not.
I am concerned that this really is mainstream thinking in the US/UK. It is written in terms that only Cold War warriors use and sees relations between nations as being essentially competitive/zero-sum-game. I have posted many times that negotiations in Russia are frequently seen as such; I had naively thought that the West's view was more win/win. Clearly not.
Many American commentators fundamentally misunderstand the energy security dialogue. Their gas comes from friendly shores, Texas, Oklahoma or Canada (it was a joke - smile) so security of gas supply across a series of inter-connected pipelines is not an issue. Europe and Russia need to create a common security policy born of a common understanding; and ignore mindless comments from external commentators.
There is just so much wrong with this article that I just despair.
[composed and posted with ecto]