Is a terrorist attack on America imminent?
As I type, the death toll in the Mumbai attacks stands at 195 souls. The Mumbai terrorists have raised the stakes with these attacks, using well trained and coordinated attack teams to carry out their bloody mission. As Bill Roggio writes: The Mumbai attack is unique from past terror strikes carried out by Islamic terrorists. Instead of one or more bombings at distinct sites, the | Read More »
What does it mean and what are its consequences for the United States and the world? My answer is here and the crux of my point can be found in the following excerpt: The implications for the United States and for counterterrorism from the attacks in Mumbai can be summed up thusly: We continue to live in a dangerous world, the threat of terrorism is | Read More »
Indian commandos too late to rescue hostages: five slain.
Via Hot Air, the hostage crisis at Mumbai’s Chabad-Lubavitch Center ends precisely as I feared: 3 Americans killed at Mumbai Jewish center MUMBAI, India – Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group on Friday found the bodies of five hostages inside — a New York rabbi and his wife as well as three others. The rabbi and two other men were | Read More »
Will the Mumbai attack remind the West that India is our ally?
Somehow, in the debate over globalization and geopolitical strategy, India has been a sort of bastard step-child. Due to understandable economic concerns — China holds much of our debt, produces much of our consumer goods, and has had eye-popping foreign direct investment driven growth — our focus has been on China. Yet India’s population is still growing, its universities are first tier, and it is | Read More »
Reports that al Qaeda is planning to target sites like Penn Station and that there is increased chatter in intelligence circles concerning a terrorist event are certainly enough to cause reasonable people to be worried–especially in light of the gruesome attack in Mumbai. Who knows whether the attack in Mumbai is the culmination of the chatter, or whether it is only the beginning of yet | Read More »
War Warning For India
Cross Posted from http://blog.freedomist.info/2008/11/27/mumbai/ William R Collier Jr.The American Freedomist Pakistan promises to aid India Stating that India should not jump to conclusions Hussain Hariqqa, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, promised Pakistan’s support in the fight against terror. This more conciliatory tone is encouraging. If rogue elements within the ISI it is probable that the Pakistani government will take more serious measures to root them | Read More »
Is Twitter a terrorist tool?
The Inquisitr is reporting unconfirmed reports India may be trying to block Twitter or at least curbing Twitter posts about the situation in Mumbai.
BREAKING: Major terrorist attacks in India.
Putting together details now: preliminary reports are of armed attackers (automatic rifles, grenades). Some indication that Westerners are being targeted. More as it comes in. UPDATE: Via AoSHQ: Terrorists Target Mumbai Hotels Unknown terrorists have conducted a coordinated attack across Mumbai’s major tourist hubs, with over a dozen deaths and many injuries reported. Gunmen have targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded | Read More »
The Indians go Pirate-Hunting.
Do you have a problem with captured piratical prisoners trying to play the asylum game? Easy answer to that, as AoSHQ notes: don’t take any.
India launches first lunar mission.
No political reason for posting this, except that it’s a). a significant step in space exploration from an American ally and b). neat: India launches first Moon mission India has successfully launched its first mission to the Moon. The unmanned Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft blasted off smoothly from a launch pad in southern Andhra Pradesh to embark on a two-year mission of exploration. The robotic probe | Read More »
Too Much Money, Not Enough Economy
We spend a lot of time worrying about the economy in the United States, especially as it relates to politics and policy. We’re facing very slow growth, well below the long-term trend, and certainly below what we’re capable of. At the same time, inflation is running well above normal (we reached a 5% annual rate in June). Europe faces similar problems, although their policy response | Read More »