Friday, October 9, 2015

Why Russia Runs Rings Around the USA

Why Russia Runs Rings Around the USADespite its “failing economy”, “isolation”, “ancient weapons”, “instability” and all the other tired (and ageless: Russia was “failing” in 2005 and in 2000) tropes, time and time again, Moscow confounds, surprises and outmaneuvers Washington. How does it do it?

Moscow has a competent team; Washington has ??? Putin, Medvedev, Ivanov, Shoigu, Lavrov. On the other side… well, you fill in the names. The proof is that Russia has risen from a negligible position in 2000 to one that sets a lot of the agenda.