Narcissus (detail from “Echo and Narcissus,” by John W. Waterhouse, 1849-1917)
One has to be sparing with exclamation points, but this one’s a lollapalooza. A dilly! A doozie. A big honkin’ mess-a that Middle East Security Hotness. You heard right folks: the United States of America has a “West Bank security proposal” for Israel, and we’re sending a retired Army general to present it to Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, himself. !!!!!!!!!!
Why did no one think of this before? Finally, someone has done something pragmatic and positive about the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, and just written up a proposal for the Israelis to chew on already. The Obama administration has at last gotten things off top dead center with Iran, and it’s time to tackle Continue reading
“This follows a pattern of fumbled reactions by the Obama administration…”
War clouds are gathering in the East China Sea as the Beijing government as sent a none-too-veiled threat to Tokyo over the now-disputed international airspace, as well as airspace over sovereign Japanese soil at the very south of the East Asian nation, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon on Dec. 3, 2013.
Sunday night in St Michael’s Square, Kiev (BBC image)
It was a minor blip on the American radar screen when Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovich, announced on 21 November – in a significant policy reversal – that Ukraine would forego economic and political agreements with the European Union in favor of closer integration with Russia.
For Ukrainians, the blip was anything but minor. Yanukovich’s political opposition mounted a no-confidence vote in the Ukrainian parliament, which his Continue reading
As China rattles sabers over its newly claimed airspace in the East China Sea directly over Japanese sovereign soil, as reported by the Israeli news portal Arutz Sheva on Dec. 2, 2013, one thing that many international watchers agree would rattle China’s cage would be a militarily-allied and nuclear-armed Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK).
Especially a nuclear Japan and ROK independent of U.S. military control.
According to the State Department, the United States expects our airline carriers will comply with the ADIZ rules laid out by China in the Notice to Airmen announcing enforcement of the ADIZ.
As with the distinction we are observing with respect to Iran’s right to enrich uranium, our acceptance of the ADIZ rules does not mean we agree with them, according to the State Department formulation. It just means Continue reading
Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported today that “the head of atomic organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, has asked the government to allocate the required budget for construction of two more nuclear power plants in Bushehr province.” Salehi said that the move is to “help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil,” as reported by the AP via Fox News.
Yesterday, it was reported at JPost that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that new construction will be starting on nuclear power plants around the country. Continue reading
Greece’s Golden Dawn party refers to itself as a “a Social and Nationalist movement” on their website. Although they deny associating with the Nazi party, they are often referred to as “neo-nazis” in the press. They are “anti-Zionist” (code for anti-Semitic) and they speak derisively of the left… and the right. In fact they “spit on the face of the Right-wing traitors…”
According to them, they are “opposed to both internationalist communism and globalist capitalism.” Continue reading
Iranian Kilo submarine Younus (Yunes)
A couple of years ago, the Iranian navy announced it had deployed a submarine to the Red Sea as part of its patrol force there. We can’t be sure (from out here in Unclassified World) how many times submarines have deployed to the Red Sea since. It’s probably not many; Iran does better now with her Russian-built, Kilo-class submarines than she used to, in terms of keeping them ready and deployable, but her performance still wouldn’t be called great. Continue reading
Colombian warship on patrol.
“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.” — Ronald Reagan
It made the most news when China did it a few days ago. But it’s been building for a while, and it’s not just off China. As the holidays settle in on us, probes of other nations’ sea and air space are in the air. Is war coming tomorrow? No. But whether it comes after tomorrow will depend on more than gestures from that shapeless blob of geopolitical potential that we may now, in a post-superpower world, call the “status quo powers.” Continue reading
The plutonium reactor at Arak.
This is Part 2 of a two-part post. Part 1 is here.
The consequences of Iran getting the bomb are significant, of course, including the urge other nations will feel to acquire the bomb for themselves, and the geopolitical use Iran will make of the bomb as both a regional threat and a deterrent against other nations, to cover Iran’s support of insurgencies and other proxy efforts abroad. Continue reading
Chasing Iran around the planet.
This is Part 1 of a two-part post. Part 2 is here.
It’s hard to overstate the concern with which we should view the nuclear “deal” concluded with Iran on Saturday, 23 November. Although everyone will wait, there is actually nothing to wait for with this deal: nothing to watch develop. To say “We’ll see what happens,” in terms of Iran’s compliance, is to misunderstand. As regards what matters to acquiring a nuclear weapon, Iran won’t change anything she’s been doing.* She may (or may not) put off further some things she had already suspended, or had announced she was going to delay anyway. Continue reading
But I’ll bet the Appeaser-in-Chief keeps this “you-can-keep-your-policy” promise unlike the one made to Americans under the domestic equivalent of the bomb, known as Obamacare.
President Barack Obama is a serial liar but, like a stopped clock, occasionally also tells the truth.