UK Prime Minister David Cameron is once again in the foreign policy news, this time for the grave error of saying what pretty much everyone knows to be true:
(After) a generally well-received speech to talk up the prospects of trade between India and Britain, a question and answer session moved on to the [...]
Turn of the 20th century color photography, courtesy of occasional reader Jeananne.
Haunting, in a way. Especially the Mongolian form of capital punishment.
Those old sky dogs had brass, too.
Try to find a pattern in the randomness!
The UK Prime Minister is not rumored to have an especially deep appreciation of foreign policy, which in part explains why he gave that dreadful speech in Ankara.
David Frum, on the other hand, posits a deeper game.
Used to be this sort of thing was considered Shredding teh Constitution:
The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual’s Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
The administration [...]
Former CIA DDO Jack Devine offers an alternative strategy for preventing the re-emergence of al Qaeda in Afghanistan:
Most Afghans, even those willing to deal with us, would rather we get our military out of their country. A covert action program would address this concern. It would also cost less than a military effort [...]
Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi preaches on the Islamic doctrine of taysir, which translates to “ease” or moderation of the strictest interpretation of Koranic injunctions – especially for Muslims residing in Evropa or North America. In this he is joined by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Tariq Ramadan:
(He) recommends that a “moratorium” — a temporary ban — [...]
General McChrystal’s retirement speech, for those of you who missed it:
This is frustrating. I spent a career waiting to give a retirement speech and lie about what a great soldier I was. Then people show up who were actually there. It proves what Doug Brown taught me long ago; nothing ruins a good [...]
One of the ostensible reasons that Wikileaks Julian Assange has put forth for the revelations within his “Afghan War Diaries” is that potential war crimes are detailed therein. This from the team that put together the “Collateral Murder” video whose biases were quickly exposed.
Whether the Afghan War Diaries will reveal war crimes – [...]
Theodore Roosevelt talked of “speaking softly, while carrying a big stick,” favoring peaceful negotiations supported by military sufficiency. The idea, he said, was “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”
For her discussions last week about a rising China’s bullying of smaller neighbors in [...]