Author: Branislav Slantchev

Russia is, for now, the insurmountable obstacle to peace

December 5, 2022 It has been a while since I've written an update on the war, and now several recent events have prompted some analysis. The events in question: recent surveys about support for the war in Russia (both public-sourced and leaked internal to the Kremlin), the continuing fallout of the misstep by a host … Continue reading Russia is, for now, the insurmountable obstacle to peace

Washington Post publishes another call to surrender to Putin

December 2, 2022 My happiness of seeing my long-suffering op-ed appear in the Union-Tribune today was destroyed by the Washington Post publishing an outright call to capitulate to Russia by some unknown to me "specialist" named Robert Wright. Comrade Wright has thoughts: "If an enduring peace can be had through negotiation — and we won’t … Continue reading Washington Post publishes another call to surrender to Putin

Walt lectures us on “dispassionate” analysis — maybe he should learn to think

November 29, 2022 God help me, there's another diatribe by Stephen Walt in his house outlet, Foreign Policy, and it's as bad as one has come to expect. This time, the old wine of nonsense he peddles with Mearsheimer & Co. is packaged in a new bottle -- a call for dispassionate analysis. The problem … Continue reading Walt lectures us on “dispassionate” analysis — maybe he should learn to think

The Pope goes full racist: on the whitewashing of collective guilt

November 29, 2022 The Pope's responses to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been generally OK-ish, if a bit confusing. But this response to a straight question asking him to explain why is a sight to behold: Let's start with the highlighted portion, which singles out Buddhist Buryatya and Muslim Chechnya for being "the cruelest" … Continue reading The Pope goes full racist: on the whitewashing of collective guilt

Foreign Affairs in Wonderland: Stanovaya and imaginary “peacemakers”

November 24, 2022 Each Ukrainian success on the battlefield is followed by two things: a ferocious terrorist attack on civilian infrastructure by Russia, and a slew of articles preaching capitulating to Putin in the West. This time, it's in Foreign Affairs, and is a fantasy short-story penned by Tatiana Stanovaya. Let me begin by summarizing … Continue reading Foreign Affairs in Wonderland: Stanovaya and imaginary “peacemakers”

It does not matter what happens, Putin must be given a slice of Ukraine: Walt in FP

November 17, 2022 It really does not matter what happens in this war, Walt and his ilk just want Putin to have Ukraine. The Russians invade (see? we told you! NATO is to blame), Russia captures nearly a third of Ukraine (Kyiv in 3 days, let Putin have it!), Russia stalls (don't help Ukraine, we … Continue reading It does not matter what happens, Putin must be given a slice of Ukraine: Walt in FP

Another abominable Putin-verstehener: vanden Heuvel in the WaPo

November 15, 2022 Another abominable screed by a Putin-verstehener who's been peddling Kremlin propaganda since the start of the war. Why is WaPo publishing this drivel, I do not know, but I do know that they have TWICE now rejected my submissions for the alternative view of what needs to be done. Quick summary of … Continue reading Another abominable Putin-verstehener: vanden Heuvel in the WaPo