Restoring America’s Image In The World; The Canadian Edition
Now, in fairness though I’ve got to say that Canada’s interests here are a little bit different. And particularly, I might as well be frank, particularly in light of the…of the interim decision at least on Keystone. …. Our energy [issue] is the necessity of diversifying our energy export markets. We can not be, as a country, in a situation where really our one energy | Read More »
Syria Is As Syria Does
GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich gave a speech in Nashville, TN. In this speech he addressed what he felt America should do about the current situation in Afghanistan. We are not going to fix Afghanistan. It is not possible,” Gingrich said. “These are people who have spent several thousand years hating foreigners. And what we have done by staying is become the new foreigners. “This | Read More »
Kim Jong Done! Down Goes A Tyrant!
It’s a very bad think to speak evil of the dead. Yet in the case of Detestable North Korean Tyrant, Kim Jong IL, there is a factual limit to the non-derogatory things I can say. Just this weekend, he did the people of his long-suffering and benighted nation a serious favor. That’s it. I’m out of pleasantries for the funeral oration. Now it’s on to | Read More »
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The China Syndrome Amongst The Progressive Left
A great number of America’s modern leaders are dangerously ignorant with respect to China. In between the bimbo eruptions, GOP Candidate Herman Cain took a few minutes out of his busy day to remind how a GOP foreign policy gaffe by Gerald Ford helped convince America’s voters to pull the lever for Jimmy Carter. Gerald Ford famously insisted that Poland in 1976, wasn’t militarily occupied | Read More »
Is It Pro-Choice, If It’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse?
“I asked the doctor if it was a boy or girl,” Wei said. “The doctor said it was a boy. My friends who were beside me said the baby’s body was completely black. I felt desolate, so I didn’t look up to see the baby. The nurses dealt with the body like it was rubbish,” Wei said. “They wrapped it up in a black plastic | Read More »
AGW and The Latest China Syndrome
The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway… – Dr. Judith Curry, Georgia Tech University. The AGW pep-squad has lately found itself befuddled. Kevin Trenbarth of NCAR National laboratory in Colorado, summed up their problem in an email to Dr. Michael Mann. The | Read More »
China: A Distant Mirror Across The Sea.
When Historian Barbara Tuchman wrote A Distant Mirror, she described 14th Century France as an apt analogue to much of what she saw wrong with the 20th Century in which she lived. The people back then were very different than moderns, yet the similarities she documented lead to one of the most compelling historical tomes ever written. A post by blogger Charles Hugh Smith entitled | Read More »
Ball Don’t Lie – How China Plays For Keeps on Energy While America Dithers
You know, I have a special place in my heart for our [Asian] students, who exhibit few of the troublesome traits you lament. The American students are nice kids, and I like them, but I don’t respect them. I guess that’s the thing. – a New England College Professor emails John Tierney. (HT: The Atlantic) China knows what to do about Egypt. The United States | Read More »
Today Is *Not* The Day That The Sea Level Will Begin To Recede
From the diaries, by Erick I’m not entirely sure what scares me more about Then-Senator, now President Barack Obama’s speeches during the campaign. There are the untrue and completely ridiculous things the man said he was promising. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will | Read More »
Stopping-Up a Volcano With a Garbage Can Lid
Chinese government may have the best intentions, its leaders may have IQs of 250 each on a bad day, but it is impossible to centrally manage an economy of China’s size. – Vitaliy Katsenelson (HT: Business Insider.com) When China decided to modernize its northern province that abuts Outer Mongolia, it built a magnificent city called Ordos. Ordos was designed to hold 1.5 Million residents in | Read More »
Who Owns Who? Do We Anger The Chinese or Mortally Terrify Them?
For a while there, I was just about ready to completely give up on Peggy Noonan. I think she had spent too many years flying around defending George W. Bush. After Harriet Myers, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Iraq and Katrina, it may well have been that her arms had gotten tired. Today, she offered further indications that she had reacquired her groove. She may not miss | Read More »
Will PIGS Fly?
Reporter: “So Shaq, have you been to The Parthenon?” Shaquille O’Neill: “No, I’ve been staying out of the clubs to focus on my game.” It would be easy to make fun of Shaq over his lack of knowledge of European History. He seems particularly uninterested in the traditions and folklore of Ancient Athens. Give the modern Hellenic economy two more years; and he may be | Read More »
Why Do They Hate Us? Because They Can Do So and Live to Continue.
With Russia and China picking up the gauntlet for the United States, the terrorists are now in combat with nation states that spent several centuries each under the tyrannical heel of the Mongol Dynasties. Their views on military struggles are grimmer, more mordant and perhaps more realistic than any being espoused by Versailles upon the Potomac. Operations will be more “kinetic” and rules of engagement “less encumbering.”
Tamerlane rarely fielded too many complaints from those concerned about human rights. Once they got a good look at his mounds of human cadavers, they quickly hushed their whinging and offered up tribute. People that openly hated Tamerlane lasted maybe fifteen minutes.
The surviving remnants of Al Qaeda will take one look at how China handles business in Moldova and decide Afghanistan is truly the central front in their war against the 21st Century. They won’t be tactically stupid enough to espouse hatred of those who overwhelmingly respond to it.
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