Politics By Other Means

Putin and Clausewitz

Carl von Clausewitz

With the sole possible exception of the great Sun Tzu and his “Art of War”, no military theorist has had such an enduring philosophical impact as the Prussian General Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz. A participant in the Napoleonic Wars, Clausewitz in his later years dedicated himself to the work that would become his iconic achievement – a dense tome titled simply “Vom Kriege” – On War. The book is a meditation on both military strategy and the socio-political phenomenon of war, which is heavily laced with philosophical rumination. Though On War has had an enduring and indelible impact on the study of military arts, the book itself is at times a rather difficult thing to read – a fact that stems from the great tragedy that Clausewitz was never actually able to finish it. He died in 1831 at the age of only 51 with his manuscript in an unedited disorder; and it fell upon his wife to attempt to organize and publish his papers.

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Putin Addresses St Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary session

Friday, 17 June 2022 — The Kremlin

The President attended the plenary session of the 25th St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

St Petersburg International Economic Forum Plenary session
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also took part in the session. President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed the session via videoconference.

The theme this year is New Opportunities in a New World.

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How Russia, And Putin, Are Weaponizing, Losing And Running Out Of … Everything

Friday, 3 June 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Moon of Alabama earlier explored how Russia was weaponizing everything. This after Donald Trump had done so many good things for Russia. Then Putin lost everything he ever might have had.

It has been getting worse since.

Now Russia, and Putin himself, are ‘running out’ of whatever may have been left.
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Don’t Fall For Fake News: The Russian Deep State Is United Like Never Before

Thursday, 31 March 2022 — One World

Don’t Fall For Fake News: The Russian Deep State Is United Like Never Before

Russia just flipped the strategic tables on the West, which is why its opponents are ramping up their fake news. They can’t allow the public to acknowledge the fact that the same special operation that they provoked Russia into initiating unleashed multiple unintended consequences that have accelerated the decline of the US’ unipolar hegemony. The alternative reality that these false information warfare narratives create is essentially a coping mechanism for their targeted Western audience as well as a desperate last-ditch attempt to advance the US’ doomed-to-fail regime change plans for Russia.

Let’s Re-Learn The Word ‘Detente’: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Thursday, 10 March 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading of this article:

Western powers insisted that they were trying to prevent this war while doing everything possible to ensure that it happened. Now they say they are trying to end this war while doing everything possible to ensure it continues.
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Revenge of the Putin-Nazis!

Monday, 7 March 2022 — CJ Hopkins

CJ Hopkins


And they’re back! It’s like one of those 1960s Hammer Film Productions horror-movie series with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee … Return of the Putin-Nazis! Revenge of the Putin-Nazis! Return of the Revenge of the Bride of the Putin-Nazis! And this time they are not horsing around with stealing elections from Hillary Clinton with anti-masturbation Facebook ads. They are going straight for “Democracy’s” jugular!

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Listen: An intelligent analysis of Putin, WEF and the Ukraine NATO alliance

Sunday, 6 March 2022 — The AltWorld


An illuminating conversation with Alex Thomson, former GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Russian speaker and regional expert, a regular guest on UK Column News.

We cover the Russian incursion into Ukraine and the preceding history that will put the Russian initiative into context. We also cover the Putin-WEF connections that many analysts are highlighting – Alex brings a little more nuance, history and insight to the overall global parasite class composition.

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Putin – The Real Story

Saturday, 26 February 2022 — Legalienate

The following excerpt is from a longer article – Fake News on Russia and Other Official Enemies – The New York Times, 1917-2017, concluding with an excellent review of U.S.-Edward S.Russian relations in the Putin era.

The Putin Era

by Edward S. Herman

The U.S. political establishment was shocked and delighted by the 1989–91 fall of the Soviet Union, and its members were similarly pleased with the policies of President Boris Yeltsin, a virtual U.S. client, under whose rule ordinary Russians suffered a calamitous fall in living standards, while a small set of oligarchs were able to loot the broken state. Yeltsin’s election victory in 1996, greatly assisted by U.S. consultants, advice, and money, was, for the editors of The Times, “A Victory for Russian Democracy.”12 They were not bothered by either the electoral corruption, the creation of a grand-larceny-based economic oligarchy, or, shortly thereafter, the new rules centralizing power in the office of president.13
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Vladimir Putin: Working meetings with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu

Monday, 14 February 2022 — South Front

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Lavrov, we agreed today that the Foreign Ministry would present its views on the responses we received to our proposals sent to our US colleagues in Washington and our NATO colleagues in Brussels regarding security issues in Europe and their response to our concerns, primarily NATO’s endless and, in our view, most dangerous eastward expansion, now aimed at reaching out to former Soviet republics, including Ukraine.

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Biden White House spoofs the Kremlin

8 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

US President Joe Biden (R) and aides talking with Russian president Vladimir Putin, December 7, 2021

This must be a rare occasion when Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 18 years in the Kremlin came out second best in an encounter with an American president. And it had to be at the hands of President Joe Biden who has not yet completed one year in office. Yet, Putin has met with every sitting American president since Bill Clinton, in dire circumstances filled with awkward silences, icy stares and even professions of trust.

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Biden-Putin meeting is a cliffhanger

5 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

US President Biden dismisses Russia’s red lines on Ukraine

What has unfolded in the past 24 hours in the US-Russia diplomatic tango can be seen as a foreplay of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden, which is slated for Tuesday evening.

Russia has got what it has been keenly seeking — a meeting between Putin and Biden. Beyond that lies the “unknown unknown”.

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Fizz is gone from Biden-Putin summit

21 June 2021 — Indian Punchline


The US National security adviser Jake Sullivan listens to President Joe Biden speak during a news conference after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The morning after a Russian-American summit is most critical to know whether the previous day’s bonhomie was real, surreal or unreal. Surveying the Geneva Summit (June 16) between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, I cautiously assessed the next day,

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Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

17 June 2021 — Indian Punchline


Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Joe Biden shake hands before their summit in Geneva, June 16, 2021

On the diplomatic stage, there is nothing to beat Russian-American summits in sheer theatrics. When the leaders of the two most powerful nuclear powers on earth sit face to face, anything can happen.

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Putin rewrites the law of the geopolitical jungle

3 May 2021 — Origin: Information Clearing HouseSCF

By Pepe Escobar

Putin’s address to the Russian Federal Assembly – a de facto State of the Nation – was a judo move that left Atlanticist sphere hawks particularly stunned.

The “West” was not even mentioned by name. Only indirectly, or via a delightful metaphor, Kipling’s Jungle Book. Foreign policy was addressed only at the end, almost as an afterthought.

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Putin recites the distribution of power in central Europe

26 April2021 — Indian Punchline

Russian military’s armoured vehicles roll into landing vessels after drill in Crimea, Black Sea, April 23, 2021

The Colossus in modern European history with whom Russian President Vladimir Putin would draw comparison might be Otto von Bismarck, the first Chancellor of the German Empire who unified his country out of the scattered pieces. Putin is very familiar with German history, culture, society.

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Vladimir Putin On Petty Tabaquis And International Issues

21 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

“Nice sidekick, Shere Khan. A hyena who laughs at his own bad jokes.”
― Bagheera to Shere Khan about Tabaqui

Today Russia’s President Vladimir Putin made his annual Address to the Federal Assembly (English transcript).

Most of his talk was about domestic and economic issues. At the end he made some remarks towards international developments and other governments.

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Why Washington’s Anti-Russian Policies Are Likely To Intensify

20 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Thanks to a monoculture of anti-Russia hawks in U.S. policy institutions relations between the U.S. and Russia are likely to further decline. But some hope might be seen at the horizon.

Scott Ritter predicts the end of a generation of anti-Russian influencers in Washington DC who depict Russia and is policies as being run by just one man:
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