Pepe wrote a wonderful review of my latest book for Asia Times, and I am deeply thankful to Pepe for his wonderful writing and being my de facto friend. Distant, for now. You can read the whole thing at The Saker’s blog or Unz Review. Here is Pepe in his own words.
The book, evidently, is doing well, all things considered, and if it contributes to “righting”, however feeble this hope seems now, the United States in any way, so it is all for the better. Meanwhile, Biden Admin is literally chasing Russians trying to arrange the summit. Russia waits and doesn’t commit because knows that there is very little to negotiate and, finally, Ria publishes today an analytical piece by Pyotr Akopov with symptomatic title: Russia Needs a Predictable Confrontation With the USA. Kinda speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Here is an excerpt:
Translation: Even confrontation could be predictable and stable. The confrontation is ongoing and surely will not stop after any summit–but at least some effort could be made to put it into some defined framework which allows for reasonable compromises where they satisfy the interests of both sides. For that, certain logjams should be removed on the path of mutual relations–everyone understands that the “jamming” was done primarily by Americans whole removing those logjams will be a job for both.
Akopov doesn’t see many positives in all this hustle around summit and he, justifiably, is not optimistic about American elites who are lost in both international and domestic policies and are totally inadequate to the challenges global tectonic shift in power balance represents. As I say it all the time–they are one trick ponies. Just to illustrate to you how bad things are, let’s take a short walk down the memory lane. It is June of 2015 and popular US geopolitical tabloid The National Interest (I know, I know…LOL) publishes this:
American Hegemony Is Here to Stay. U.S. hegemony is now as firm as or firmer than it has ever been, and will remain so for a long time to come.
The guy who wrote this 6 years ago is Salvatore Babones, he is an associate professor of sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. I am positive he still teaches… somewhere. Can you imagine WHAT kind of “expertise” this guy procures and what kind of views he holds? Here is his other “prediction” from 2017.
Globalism Lives. China Won’t Overtake America Any Time Soon
He, Babones, is one of many who do “research” which produces no value whatsoever and thus he arrives, in 2017 no less, to this:
Even a broken clock is right twice a day but one MUST ask the question on a validity of such opinions which are presented under the titles of “expertise” and being advanced as “scientific”. And here is the point–the drama and the tragedy of the outside observer when writing on a contemporary American geopolitics is in the fact that out of a huge volume of alleged American geopolitical “scholarship” vast majority of it are fantasies or contrived concepts one is subjected to in order to form one’s opinion about them. Most of them never pan out and fail in the relatively easy task of setting up a realistic framework, forget about giving weighted and probable forecasts. This trait defines modern American geopolitical thought, top-bottom, and there is no way it is going to change any time soon–the rut of American exceptionalism and the rot of the US academe are such that Babones is not an exception, he is the rule. That is why Akopov, in essence, repeats the thesis I advanced now for many years, including in this blog:
Translation: That is why Moscow has no illusions about the dialogue with Washington–at issue is not even the possibility to settle anything but at least about ability to conduct dialogue, argue and listen to the arguments of each-other. The problem here is not with Biden’s personality–albeit Putin has a negative experience of communicating with him–or Biden’s team. The problem is much larger–in the moods of the American elite engulfed in crisis.
You want to see what kind of crisis it is? Read Salvatore Babones, you will get a feel.