Putin and others are hacking at the Pax Americana which sustains our historically peaceful, prosperous world. They need to be deterred, and we and our allies need to be serious about rebuilding the institutions, especially militaries, which have sustained it. As the Gormogons’ usual …Continue reading →
Good evening; I’m Cobb Webb, and this is April Schauers, with your local Chicago 9:00 news. Our lead story tonight is the NATO protests which brought terror to the streets of Chicago, as throngs of protestors battled Chicago police for …Continue reading →
This week, at Camp David, well Reuters does it better: U.S. President Barack Obama will press European leaders to ease up on fiscal austerity and focus on economic growth at a summit on Saturday that will discuss ways to stem …Continue reading →
In an effort to impress somebody associated with the White House, the City of ChIcago volunteered to host the G8 summit as well as the NATO summit in May. In response, protestors booked their flights early and announced a well-organized …Continue reading →
In April, 1949, the fear that the Soviet Union could completely engulf the war-ruined Europe was so great that twelve countries came together effectively to unite their militaries in the event the USSR continued marching West. Over time, many other …Continue reading →
Despite the impressive but oddly emphatic promise to increase military presence in Afghanistan, CinC Obama is now holding off on sending additional troops at what Gen. Stanley McChrystal considers a critical moment. No doubt the President is going to base …Continue reading →
Rather than use the terminology by the Obama transition team spokesperson that Obama is ready to “rule”, I’ll stick with the belief that, as President, he will govern the country. To that end, how does his promises of hope, particularly …Continue reading →
No, your Œcumenical Volgi’s true identity is not John Bolton, but you couldn’t tell that from this op-ed, could you? Ultimately, what most risks “provoking” Moscow is not Western resolve but Western weakness. This is where the real weight of …Continue reading →
With the current economic crisis hitting all over the world and the sabre rattling from Russia, Germany has been placed into a keystone role with how NATO can operate. There is interest to allow Ukraine and Georgia membership into NATO …Continue reading →
And (echoing your Volgi’s opinion of many years) some common-sense urging on getting EU institutions out of defense matters here. Read the whole thing. Confucius, Œc. Vol.Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu. gormogons.com
Well, nationalism and attacking an unbeloved ethnic group is apparently popular in Russia, boding ill for any sort of domestic check on revanchist nationalism and, indeed, likely stoking public anger at the first sign of push-back by the West. Not …Continue reading →
These days. My own sense is that, however vivid Turkish anti-Americanism is at the moment, serious Turks understand that it’s a whim they can indulge only in the absence of external threats. And for all Turkey’s dependence on Russian natural …Continue reading →
Your Œcumenical Volgi has been trying to go easy on the foreign policy, as he knows that Russia’s invasion of Georgia has driven him mad and he’s gone a bit berserk in hijacking this fun little blog. However, if you …Continue reading →
…but this is lapidary. Here’s a taste, but read it all. We Europeans seem to have forgotten our history. There were other times when we have stood by while a militaristic European power insisted that it had the right to …Continue reading →
…that Russia’s invasion of Georgia was a punitive expedition for their applying to NATO rather than a humanitarian gesture on behalf of their beloved South Ossetians, here’s a good bit of analysis from Pavel Felgenhauer (via David Frum @ NRO). …Continue reading →
So, Russia’s got a substantially larger inventory of tactical nukes than we, and have been increasingly cavalier about brandishing them. That can’t be good. Gabriel Schoenfeld writes fairly persuasively on the topic in today’s WSJ: Yet matters are very different …Continue reading →
Translation of this: “we’re fucking useless”. Not that the U.S. has been better; argubly, we’ve been even worse. Chimpy McHilterburton doesn’t exactly look like a world-despoiling warmongering tyrant now, does he, kids? I mean, there’s an oil pipeline there. Aren’t …Continue reading →
John Bolton is on fire in the Telegraph. Not least because he uses some of the historical allusions the Volgi has pulled out. The West, collectively, failed in this crisis. And he takes the Bushies to the woodshed. Great stuff. …Continue reading →
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