Month: February 2013

Good debate again on Britain’s role in the EU http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/02/britain-romania-and-that-referendum @Jean thanks for your response. Britain is not unique in placing its own interests first. It defeated the various powers not with any other primary objective. That doesn’t make it an enemy, far from it. One can also say France or Germany is the enemy of …

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North Korean Nukes

The US can not rule out that the North Koreans will fire the very first nuclear tipped ICBM they produce towards Washington DC. So, the US must and will plan for the contingency. Nobody understands North Korea sufficiently to rule a strike out. It may seem mad and inhumane but anyone who has following NK …

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EU, Immigration, Romania, Bulgaria, David Cameron and European coalitions.

I am hopeful now that Cameron has had a positive experience in Europe that he can rally another coalition on this topic and alter existing agreements. A Bulgarian friend once told me he felt their country wasn’t ready to join the EU when it did. That the prospect of membership is what pushed reforms. That …

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Steve Walt and other Experts on China.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/02/the-origins-of-the-first-world-war-revisited/ Gideon, the big difference now is “nuclear weapons” … those two words suffice to narrow down the scope. Neither China nor the US is going to risk escalating Senkaku at all. So the scope is a game of bluff over pawns. Steve Walt appears to be a good mind, a Harvard one at that. …

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More on Cameron’s victory and the sad new EU budget

Most important is that the electorate in the north has asked for less spending in Brussels and is getting that. A scenario in which EU spending had increased while national budgets are cut drastically was totally unpalatable. The criticism leveled against the compromise is all excellent and true, we will rue trading in a progressive …

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