As an afterthought, if I was a Russophobe I certainly would not have studied the language and culture, nor Russian military history. Further, I wouldn't have books in Russian in my library nor continue to buy books on the Russian Army of the period. The Zhmodikovs and Alexander Mikaberidze are three of my favorite authors on the period and I buy all that I can that they produce.
I make an attempt to look at all the armies of the period, especially that of the United States, with a critical view of what they did, how they did it, what they accomplished, and the relative performance. And, if you have read material that I have written on the Russian artillery arm, it was very favorable and I do consider it the most improved artillery arm of the period 1792-1815.
That doesn't mean, however, that if I find something that is inferior or needs improvement I'm not going to say something about that. The politically correct 'thing' to do now is undoubtedly not to criticize, but I'm not going to do that as a trained military historian. That would be intellectually dishonest and I won't do that. I'm also a history teacher and I've seen enough politically correct nonsense in textbooks, as well as some well thought of histories and that isn't the way history should be presented.