NATO Chief Enters Asian Game of Thrones
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  • Off topic, I suppose, but it is remarkable how different Americans and Chinese are in their sense of shared social responsibility. The excerpt below from the first of Peter Hessler’s books about China, “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.” I’ve a feeling you learn more about Chinese society reading Hessler than actually going there. Maybe Mead would disagree. Anyway,

  • Brendan Doran

    Rather Jaunty, isn’t it. Except the Threat of War is what Military Alliances are about.

    In the last century we fought 3 wars in the Pacific, one was bought to a completely satisfactory conclusion after a supreme total effort, still total victory would probably not have been achieved without using nuclear weapons. Storming Iwo Jima and Okinawa was effort enough. The Home Islands? Really?

    And in all three the combat was merciless. Recently there was a bit of ruffled Liberal feathers about Marines pissing on Taliban.

    I guess none, none of you had relatives or older figures who fought in any of those wars who were candid with you.

    Our elites, media and academy lack the stomach for war. Best to avoid situations that make it more likely.

  • Crocodile Chuck

    But NATO’s presence is an intriguing development. Australia’s economy relies in no small part upon trade with China, but the benefits of strong ties with NATO are attractive”

    For whom? Not Australia.

    NATO is an anachronism, and has been searching for a mission for two decades. Time to take it out behind the barn with an axe.

  • “You may say I’m a dreamer . . .” – comment 5

    And funny, again (sorry to be a broken record, but this continues to fascinate me), how bold we were – and in many quarters were advised to be – about provoking the Russians in the ’80s. And how painfully leery we’re being counseled to be, in some quarters, about provoking the Chinese today. Almost as if there was something understood deep down – so deep there might be some reluctance to acknowledge it even to ourselves? – about the different properties of each country’s trigger-finger, and REAL attitudes towards brinksmanship and war . . .

  • Brendan Doran

    The Koreans humiliated us in 1950 then were reversed. The Chinese inflicted major punishment on us and reversed us to status quo antebellum. The North Vietnamese Infantry were excellent and tiny North Vietnam inflicted large casualties on us and won by outlasting us.

    Now they *do not* have the Red Armies they had – the Chinese had been fighting since the 30s and so had the Vietnamese. But let’s not forget History.

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