Anyone who remembers the movie Indiana Jones and the last Crusade will remember the eccentric and hapless Englishman, Marcus Brody. Played by the late, great Denholm Elliott, it was arguably the best representation of a Brit out of his depth on celluloid.
For some years now, people have been able to write any rubbish about Russia in the Western press and suffer hardly any consequences. This irresponsible approach has led to a feeding frenzy since Donald Trump won last fall's race for the White House.
Ah Britain, Russia’s been expecting you. Because, in recent years, the interaction between Moscow and London has been practically non-existent. And as two of Europe’s 'big four' nations, that clearly isn’t sustainable.
The New Yorker made quite a splash with its uber long read on 'Trump, Putin and the New Cold War.' What a shame then the actual product is sloppy, misinformed tosh masquerading as something of highbrow distinction.
Understanding the intentions of Russian leaders is easy these days, you just have to listen to what they say. This isn’t understood in the West, where policymakers and the media haven’t moved on from the Cold War and foolishly regard Russia as more mysterious than it is.
The head of the US government broadcaster wants politicians, and the public, to believe how Russia spends ten times more on international media than America. The truth is that Washington devotes much more cash to this sector than Moscow.
The old journalistic maxim, “report what you know and stick to the facts,” has been difficult to honor during the Ukraine conflict. Because while every military confrontation has a “fog of war,” this firefight has gone further.