Echoing my co-bloggers wishes to each of you, our readers and commenters for a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, America gives thanks while the World marches to war. Whether you liked it or not, America brought security and stability which President Asterisk set out to fundamentally transform. Having surrendered America’s power wherever the human dignity was once held in high regard, and most recently in places where human dignity is notoriously cheap like the Middle East (bet you thought I was going to say Hollywood), there is one area left to be given to America’s sworn enemies: the Pacific. Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics presents scenarios a la Harold [...]
Just in case anyone still believes that Snowden had all these “noble” ideas of revealing domestic spying, read this article detailing some of the Top Secret US intelligence budget. While the Washington Post is only publishing part of it, this information is certainly in the hands of the Chinese and the Russians. It is mind boggling to me that he had access to this document and it gives me further confidence that he had far more information with him than the story he told. This is bad.
Yeah, that’ll do it. That’ll teach them damn ChiComs. Or not. Hosed we are. Unless we decide to fight back. And we damn well better.
Why yes, I do believe they are. And why wouldn’t they be? Evidence of Chinese fleets [sic] routinely patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, near the Azores, is raising speculation that China may have thrown an eye on the military Lajes Air Field, on Terceira Island, jointly managed by Portugal and the United States. According to the Asia Times, “The whole psychodrama unfolded at the end of June 2012, when then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao made a stopover on the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the Azores, after a four-nation visit to South America,” writes geopolitical analyst Emanuele Scimia. As we pull [...]
For those who have not been following the developments in North Korea, here is a link to an article in the Telegraph regarding the death of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il. The next several weeks shall be tense on the peninsula. ”Dear Leader’s” chosen successor is his twenty something year old son. Can he survive, does he have the physical, mental, and political skills to cement his control over North Korea. The Senior members of the North Korean junta may have other ideas and may be willing to challenge the young leader. The chances of war are certainly raised. The other [...]
And then, on the gloomier side, we have THIS: “China is quickly modernizing its military and has set its sights on extending its influence deep into the Pacific and Indian oceans now that the military balance with its longtime nemesis, Taiwan, is tilting in its favor, the Defense Department reported Monday. “In its annual report to Congress on China’s military, the Defense Department said that the People’s Liberation Army is advancing across the board commensurate with China’s burgeoning economic power. Coincidentally, the report was issued a day after China’s economy was recognized as the world’s second biggest, eclipsing Japan’s in [...]
First two items are from The Tank: Possible Living MoH Recipient– Stunning news. True combat heroes are, of course, a dime a dozen in the Marines (and the other services too), but this is something else entirely. Most notably the Commandant himself has weighed in. We should follow this carefully. Yep, It’s All Part of the P.L.A.N.– I hate to say I told you so, but… This reminds me of something I read in Keegan’s The Price of Admiralty, about the young fire-eaters in the German High Seas Fleet looking forward with great expectation to “Der Tag,” The Day on [...]
Well, it looks like the Chinese don’t want us watching them. The Defense Department said in a statement that a Chinese intelligence ship and several others surrounded the USNS Impeccable, an unarmed vessel with a civilian merchant marine crew. The U.S. vessel was conducting ocean surveys Sunday in international waters in the South China Sea. I will be interested to see what our response is.
A Red Chinese naval squadron is mounting out for the Gulf of Aden to add its weight to the fight against rampant piracy. I have little doubt that they are sending their varsity squad, and I don’t think we should view this as a good thing. The three vessels — two destroyers and a supply ship — may increase worries about growing Chinese military power. The mission will also challenge China’s ability to cooperate [who says they're going to cooperate?] with other naval forces patrolling the Gulf of Aden, one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. I think that the [...]
Yes, I am shocked *shocked* that gambling is allowed at this bar: China breaks Olympic promises on rights, media, pollution With four days left before the start of the 2008 Summer Games, Chinese officials have not lived up to key promises they made to win the right to host the Olympics, including widening press freedoms, cleaning up their capital city’s polluted air and respecting human rights. Really? The communists lied? This has obviously never happened before, right? When they applied to host the games, Beijing officials also had completed a Candidature File, in which they agreed to meet specific requirements. [...]