Poking the bear

Despite its claims to be revealing something novel Chaos as a Strategy therefore rapidly disintegrates into a simple repetition of all the normal claims about Russia.

Back in my youth, we talked about the importance of confidence building measures. The idea was that potential enemies, could reduce the chance of conflict, by reassuring each other they did not have hostile intent. This gave one another peace of mind.

Today supposedly sane foreign policy experts think that it’s a good idea to provoke nuclear-armed powers and that peace of mind is dangerous.


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Putin sees and hears it all

In a sense, therefore, it’s perfectly fair for the Henry Jackson Society to point this all out. But the Society goes further than that. It exaggerates (75,000 Russian informants in London – give me a break!), and creates the picture that all this activity amounts to a major threat, without providing any evidence that Russian intelligence is getting its hands on really sensitive information that has the capacity to seriously damage British security. There’s a lot of huff, but at the end of it all, not a lot of puff.

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