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June 29, 2010

ABC News Didn't Do Its Homework on Russian Spying

 

 

ABC News acts shocked Russia's spying today is at Cold War levels. A 1992 Jane’s report shows if anything, CIS spying was on the increase over the Cold War era even then.

 

Here’s the link to my 2006 post that quotes the Jane's article as well as links to others showing Russia's increasing, not diminishing aggressive espionage posture.

 

Of course ABC News isn’t the only media outlet still left stuck in a half century-old state of denial about Russian intentions and capabilities. While the excuses have changed, the ignorance hasn’t, and that’s just sad for an alleged news organization.

 

ABC News and other old media prove to be about as teeming with competent Russophiles as the State Department. Maybe that’s why Americans have hit the reset button on the way they gather news.

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

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June 17, 2010

Stratfor: China May Support DPRK in Event of Hostilities

 

 

Stratfor reports today that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il requested advanced Chinese fighter jets and other weapons systems, but was rebuffed; however, Stratfor believes it is highly likely that Hu Jintao offered, possibly in their place, Chinese support if North Korea came under attack:

 

North Korea asked China to provide it with the latest J-10 fighter jets and other hardware but was rejected, Chosun reported June 17. According to a high-ranking North Korean source, leader Kim Jong Il made the request to Chinese President Hu Jintao when he visited China in early May. But Hu apparently told Kim that China would protect and support him if attacked.

 

If true, such news will come as no surprise to Western analysts and military experts, most of whom have been unimpressed by China’s shell game on the Korean Peninsula. China in the past has been accused of aiding the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program. Some attention has also particularly been paid to an alleged Chinese nuclear plant that sits just feet from North Korea’s border, on the other side of which at about a mile distance sits a rail station. (You can locate it on Yahoo or Google Maps by entering these coordinates: 42°53'34.07"N, 130°17'20.35"E or click the annotated image below to enlarge. Nuclear site location on Google Earth map image courtesy North Korea Economy Watch).  North Korea has, in turn, dutifully passed along its nuclear help to regimes such as Pakistan. Both China and North Korea are the key reason Pakistan now has nuclear weapons.

 

 

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Meanwhile, Jane’s Defence Weekly says that China has proposed a “military technology forum” with Indonesia. The article goes on to point out that Indonesia is increasingly important to the region strategically to both China and the United States, as both navies would like to secure navigational control through its straights and both countries would like to have access to oil and other resources there, as well. Jamestown reported last year, however, that such arrangements have, at least until that time, remained rocky between China and Indonesia. Nevertheless, as we have seen in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia, a weaker US tends to result in cozier relations between China and neighbors eager to keep peace.

 

It is unfortunate that even as China continues to stand by its close ally, the US seems uninterested in doing the same for its ally Israel (and perhaps others) if attacked. It should be also noted that Iran, which is seeking to destroy Israel is also heavily supported economically and militarily by China as well as Russia. It should serve as a wake-up call for sleeping democracies around the world of the need for solidarity, particularly as this new Axis crisis unfolds – and as the West continues to project division and weakness, that unfolding most assuredly will.

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

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June 16, 2010

What Would Reagan Have Said Tonight?

 

 

Today, even liberal MSNBC bemoaned the lack of “executive command” while using Jimmy Carter – well remembered for his equivocation – as a standard that should not have been too difficult for anyone to surpass. Such things always invite one to wonder what the great Ronald Reagan would have said – or more importantly, done – in response to the gulf crisis, economic crisis, and the growing national security crisis.

 

If Ronald Reagan were to have addressed the nation tonight, he would certainly have done so far differently than the current occupant of the White House. He would address the oil crisis (if there were one), as well as the good news on the economic front; by this time in his presidency in 1982 lower taxes and deregulation had already pulled the country into real recovery, and equally importantly, the American people were beginning to feel proud again to be Americans, rather than being constantly lectured to (and about) as though we were the world’s red-headed step-child. So without further ado, the Gipper in what could have been his own words, were we so fortunate:

 

In the weeks that followed that horrible disaster aboard the Deepwater Horizon that claimed 11 lives, we have worked steadily with state and local officials to stop the flow of oil into the gulf along with deploying every tool and erecting every obstacle humanly possible to mitigate that flow into our estuaries, our wetlands, and onto our beaches. 12 countries, including Great Britain and Germany and our neighbors Canada and Mexico have also offered their generous help in expediting the cleanup. I have personally taken the responsibility of ensuring the Coast Guard and all of our local officials and volunteers have everything that they need in order to protect the habitats and livelihoods of those who live and work along the Gulf.

 

So far, this has met with great success and I am happy to report our hard work has turned what might otherwise have been the worst ecological disaster in human history into a contained spill that is daily diminished.

 

At some point, fairly soon, we will have most of this behind us and we will, as you might imagine, be faced with a few important questions. Namely, how is it ecologically better to drill in deep waters where such accidents are far more difficult to contain than it would be to drill in shallower water or on land? With this in mind, in the course of the next few days, I will be signing a series of executive orders freeing up vast amounts of unused federal land and shallow water areas where we know oil is plentiful.  Speaker Boehner has also promised legislation, which I will sign, ensuring state and federal authorities work together in the national interest to safeguard our economic vibrancy and national security. While we must behave responsibly and in a manner that is ecologically sound, we can and must do so in a way that does not do harm to Americans, who happen to be the most ecologically-conscious people on earth.

 

We achieved much over the last 57 days because we are Americans and that is how Americans confront their challenges. A free people, unshackled from the constraints of an overbearing bureaucracy retain both the spirit and the economic resources to move quickly and solve significant problems in challenging times. It may seem like pointing out the obvious, but no one knows better the need for stopping the oil spill than those living in the gulf who lie in its direct path. Once again, it is you the American people, not the government, who have demonstrated that you hold the key to solving this problem, and solving it you are.

 

President Reagan would also most certainly address issues surrounding the Cold War with our enemy China (rather than pretend it doesn’t exist), condemn Russian support for terrorism, along with a host of other issues and events around the world of great import long neglected.

 

Assuming Iran would have the temerity to for a moment seriously consider sending naval ships to escort the terrorist flotilla into Israeli waters, the United States would do what is obvious to most by telling Iran that it would not be permitted.

 

President Reagan might tell the Iranians something along these lines,

 

We will not stand idly by and watch as one of our closest allies is provoked or attacked; Mr. Ahmadinejad, we cannot allow your navy or any of your sponsored belligerents to enter Israeli waters as you seek to draw Israel into direct conflict. Today, I have given orders to our navy to be at the ready, to assist our friends the Israelis, and to ensure Iran abides by the international desire for peace and stability in the region. I have ordered a carrier strike group – including our newest carrier the USS Barry M. Goldwater – to the area in order to ensure Iran’s cooperation.

 

They are sad times when crisis hits (as it inevitably does), but even sadder when the ship of state’s crew is asleep at the helm as we drift and take on water into the night. Perhaps we will see greatness again sooner rather than later; perhaps we will be so blessed to have such a great man (or woman) once again called to the forefront in our time. We can certainly pray.

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

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June 14, 2010

Racism, Hypocrisy and Democrat Double-Standards

 

 

Things I learned today: white Democrat congressmen are higher up on the exemption totem pole than black athletes when it comes to being charged with assault. As D.C. police have yet to file charges or take into custody the monster from South Carolina – Democrat Bob Etheridge. (Video: camera 1, camera 2) Meanwhile, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young already faces a $500 misdemeanor assault charge from Dallas Police for punching a guy at a DFW bar. Apparently Young’s main mistake was that of his career path. Had he simply been a Democrat in Congress all would be forgiven. Heck, he could even drown a girl if he were a rich, white Kennedy.

 

Apparently Democrats agree with this status quo, too, as they line up to defend their criminal compatriot. And, following the time-honored Democrat tradition of naked hypocrisy, Rep. Etheridge has long campaigned on "protecting the children". Yeah, just like Democrats protect the poor and minorities by keeping them on the poverty plantation and cynically using them as political pawns.

 

Did Young deserve to be charged? It certainly appears so, but so does Congressman Etheridge the Boy-Slayer. Is this a case for social justice? No, nothing would be a case for social "justice". So-called social justice would call for every congressman to be arrested when one is accused of a crime. Social justice has been played out for much the the 20th Century, although we usually know its results by another name: genocide. No, real justice would suffice for a change. Equal protection under the law is the law of the land and it’s time for it to be enforced, and that doesn’t mean just being sorry you got caught.

 

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

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Noam Chomsky and Forgotten Holocaust-Deniers

 

 

Noam Chomsky is a bit of a tragic figure. Perhaps once a young promising fellow, as indeed was the young Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, his denial of reality and aimless hatred have seemingly taken him over to the Dark Side. His rather imposing presence on the stage today will but likely leave him scarcely remembered, and if at all merely an infamous footnote to history following our time.

 

That Chomsky would seek to mute the meaning of the genocide of scores of millions by Communism – as he did with his various comments about the Black Book of Communism and in countless other instances – at once renders him an invalid participant in the discussion over the future of human civilization and removes from him privilege to be taken seriously as a leading thinker.

 

Chomsky has even compared flaws in the Indian healthcare system to the deliberate extermination of a hundred million by bloodthirsty tyrants and terrorists who happen to have regimes to run. Despite the fact Chomsky might have very little to say about the 2,000 women recently condemned to death by the British socialist healthcare system that has decided their breast cancer treatment was too expensive (or countless similar accounts), and that the greater the socialism, the greater the poverty and higher the body count, Chomsky cannot see any of it. For he is not thinking but emoting; he is not leading but following. He is not a shepherd but a sheep. We learn that Darth Vader answers to an emperor, be that emperor hatred, fear or both.

 

There were, no doubt, many potentially great minds in Germany and Europe during the 1930s. Unfortunately, they chose to toss aside thinking in favor of either the genocidal hatred espoused by Adolf Hitler or fear of it. History can no longer view them as important thinkers, but as those whose missed potential has made them merely an insignificant tragic sideshow to the fruit of their shallow ideas: a far greater tragedy.

 

Today we see the leaders of Europe's fashionable society in the 1930s who seemed so preeminent in their time are no longer remembered favorably, if they are remembered at all. While those perhaps less gifted and less fashionable, the Martin Niemöllers, the Corrie Ten Booms, and the Paul Scheffers history remembers quite favorably as those who stood on the side of what's right. It’s something for Dr. Chomsky to remember if he wishes to have anything of meaning survive him past the grave or even these times.

 

Perhaps, to be fair, it is not hatred that moves Dr. Chomsky. It may well indeed be that he is moved by something else. The need to fit in, to be popular are powerful motivators, particularly among those who may in other ways through no fault of their own, due to intellect and so forth, feel a bit of an outcast. Indeed, even the most anti-social desires to be loved, and many equate being loved for who we are with being in good favor for what we’re good at.

 

Chomsky’s choice to simply live like a girl in love with the idea of love rather than someone who understands un-superficially what it daily means to love would be fine had his chosen vocation been that of crooning songbird. That he instead fancies himself a man who should be taken seriously in matters of great import to humankind makes him a bit like the only person in the room who doesn’t know the joke’s on him.

 

Those who seek to mute the meaning of the worst atrocities in human history find that they themselves are eventually muted by history itself. Far from thinkers, such who do so can only be seen as those whose emotion, either for power, prestige or fear, guided them to keep the peace with those within their social circles. And as is the case throughout history, with very few notable exceptions as Norway’s Vidkun Quisling, cowards are quickly forgotten.

 

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

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Rabinowitz Discusses "The Alien in the White House"

 

 

In this interview with Fox News’ Journal Editorial Report with Paul Gigot, Dorothy Rabinowitz discusses the Wall Street Journal article she wrote last week that has garnered so much attention from both sides of the isle:

 

 

 

It's not a birther thing, of course, but rather about the emotional disconnect Obama has with this country. The not placing his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, the taking sides with our enemies on ideas of alleged American "sins", the absence of honor for our military, the disinterest as American lives are wrecked by inaction during the oil and illegal immigration crises or the Nashville flood. He simply seems not to care. Worse, he seems to act as though he believes we deserve it.

Does the President simply believe that our "chickens have come home to roost"?

 

 

 

Martin recently completed an internship with the London-based Henry Jackson Society and is presently working on his Master's in National Security Studies. He holds a BA in International Relations. Prior to his time in London, he spent several months in Washington, D.C., where he attended several events, toured the White House, Capitol, and Pentagon. He is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Council, and United Nations Association.

 

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