Posted by Lex, on December 22, 2010
Posted by Lex, on December 16, 2010
The New York Times, perspicacious readers will remember, was dead set against George W. Bush’s Iraqi surge strategy, continuing to insist that the higher casualties involved with greater troop presence was an indication of its failure long after the security situation there had begun to improve.
So it might surprise to learn that the paper is finding good news in Barack Obama’s comparable surge in Afghanistan:
Posted by lex, on January 4th, 2012
The story today is not about the Taliban offering to open up peace talks with the US-led Afghan coalition by opening an office in Qatar. Talks in which neither Pakistan, nor – crucially – the minimally democratic government of Afghanistan have a seat at the table. That’s basically about a prisoner exchange, a handful of senior Taliban leaders exchanged for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, * captured by the Taliban in June 2009. Which is something we used to call “negotiating with terrorists”, back when we made such fine distinctions.
No, the headlines today are about peace talks within Pakistan itself, between various branches of the Pakistani Taliban, at the behest of their Afghan brethren.
By lex, on December 29th, 2011
Writing in the WSJ, Iain Murray and James C. Bennett see an opportunity for NAFTA to serve as a lifeline to Britain:
The European Economic Community (EEC) for which the British signed up in a 1975 referendum—a community of free trade and cooperation, not supranational bureaucracy—is long gone. Worse, even today’s less-palatable EU will soon no longer be on offer. Sometime in the next few years at most, Britain will likely face the choice between immersion in a powerful centralized European mega-state and full exit.
Most probably, the choice will be made in an atmosphere of crisis, with dramatic media coverage proclaiming impending doom for Europe. Britain today needs to think seriously about a Plan B, so that it does not have to take an option it will regret for lack of coherent alternatives.
Britain does have other choices. To find the country’s new role, British leaders should look to North America.
It’s questionable outside a major meltdown that the UK should leave the Eurozone and marry economies with the Anglosphere. But I like to hear it talked about, if only because the rumors will make Nicholas Sarkozy’s head explode.
Posted by lex, on November 29th, 2011
One of the hidden reasons used to prevent the Medal of Honor from being awarded to living recipients is that the story is not quite ended. When a man rolls on a grenade, he saves the lives of his team at the cost of his own, in certain knowledge of immediate death. Greater love hath no man than this.
But some who performed with conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty at great personal hazard and nevertheless live to tell the tale wind up being imperfect citizens, once back among the sheep.