Congratulations, Igor. You made Drudge!

As a symptom of our dicey times, a hitherto unknown (to us) Russian "Doctor of Political Sciences" named Igor Panarin has made the top of the Drudge Report this morning with the screaming headline:

RUSSIAN ANALYST PREDICTS DECLINE AND BREAKUP OF USA.

Does he really?

I made the usual ten-second Google search and came up with this short bio of Igor. It was fascinating (though not surprising).  It seems our Russian friend is the author of the following books: "Infowar and power”, “Infowar and world” and the ever popular  “Infowar and election.”  Infowar, eh?  You don't have to be the proverbial rocket scientist to know where that comes from. Well, he certainly earned his keep today and scored a big victory getting his risible comments about an imminent US break up on Drudge. Must be a slow news day:

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

Well, come to think of it, maybe that's not such a bad idea.  We all have some distant relatives we wish lived in another country.  And my daughter could attend Yale on a foreign exchange scholarship.  Easy to get in and easier still on my pocketbook.  And think of the bonanza to Fodor's - all those new guidebook serieses. I'm already getting my visa to San Diego.