After Paris, post-NATO ‘solution’ for Syria blasts off without U.S.

War without leadership.

Tu-95 Bear bomber, one of several types used in Russian strikes on Tuesday, 17 Nov. (Image: UK MOD, SAC Robyn Stewart via Guardian, Oct 2014)
Tu-95 Bear bomber, one of several types used in Russian strikes on Tuesday, 17 Nov. (Image: UK MOD, SAC Robyn Stewart via Guardian, Oct 2014)

If you’re not convinced we are now in a “post-American” (and hence post-NATO) world, consider these events of the last 72 hours.

After the Paris attacks on Friday, the G20 leaders gathering in Turkey knew that both Syria and ISIS would top their agenda in Antalya.  On Sunday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron expressed the standard position of the Western allies, since late summer, that Russia should stop prosecuting what is essentially a unilateral war in Syria.

How odd that that position should seem antique a mere 48 hours later.  In the wake of the most recent events, one now has the sense that Cameron was speaking in another world and time.

Obama’s watershed moment Continue reading “After Paris, post-NATO ‘solution’ for Syria blasts off without U.S.”

Summits with the king: France in, Obama out

Interesting times.

Hollande and Salman yuk it up at the GCC consultative summit in Riyadh, May 2015. (Image via SUSRIS)
Hollande and Salman yuk it up at the GCC consultative summit in Riyadh, May 2015. (Image via SUSRIS)

Americans haven’t been getting a lot of news about the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) “consultative” summit that took place last week in Saudi Arabia.  But it presents a useful counterpoint to the news from this weekend that four of the six GCC heads of state will not be attending the upcoming summit hosted by Obama at Camp David.

The “consultative” summit is held at the deputy or cabinet level, and has not been opened to foreign dignitaries outside the GCC before.  But in a break with that tradition, the summit on 5 May was attended by France’s President Francois Hollande – not just a high-ranking dignitary, but the French Republic’s head of state.

Given that the Saudis were hosting the consultative summit, it’s no surprise that King Salman made an appearance and delivered a speech.  Nor is it surprising that Hollande, the other head of state present, was also invited to deliver a speech. Continue reading “Summits with the king: France in, Obama out”

Ukraine: Least credible ceasefire ever? * UPDATE *

Peace in our time.

A gathering of giants in Minsk. (Image via Guardian video)
A gathering of giants in Minsk. (Image via Guardian video)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Farce and irony: France asked Netanyahu not to come to Paris rally

Siecle sans fin.

Solidarity. (Image: Reuters, Philippe Wojazer)
Solidarity. (Image: Reuters, Philippe Wojazer)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Nouveau sheesh: Obamas preen for Hollande

On the QT…

True fact: the world's museums are lousy with Monet water lilies. (The Water Lily Pond, Japanese Bridge. 1899. Princeton U. Art Museum.)
True fact: the world’s museums are lousy with Monet water lilies. (The Water Lily Pond, Japanese Bridge. 1899. Princeton U. Art Museum.)

Could the Obamas be any more “let ‘em eat cake”?

What are we trying to prove here, with the transformation of the South Lawn of the White House – in February – into a Claude Monet-inspired water-lily garden for the state dinner to honor French premier Continue reading “Nouveau sheesh: Obamas preen for Hollande”