Latest airliner loss for Malaysia: AirAsia flight QZ8501

A more solvable mystery?

Plenty of weather to go around on this one.
Plenty of weather to go around on this one.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Russian naval bases for world peace

Interesting times.

 

The face of Old World incursion into the Americas, 1860s-style.  Emperor Napoleon III of France and Empress Eugenie. Painted by Jean-Leon Gerome.
The face of Old World incursion into the Americas, 1860s-style. Emperor Napoleon III of France and Empress Eugenie. Painted by Jean-Leon Gerome.

The times, they are a-changin’.  Five years ago this month, at the very dawn of the Obama Epoch, there was a flutter in the dovecote where the armchair military analysts hang out.  A rumor circulated that Russia planned to secure the use of the Yemeni island of Socotra, in the Indian Ocean, as a naval base.  The old Soviet navy had used Socotra Continue reading “Russian naval bases for world peace”

Meanwhile, in the South China Sea: “Forget the US”

Maritime Munich?

Senator James Webb (D-VA) told David Gregory on Meet the Press three weeks ago that he thinks the US is facing a “Munich moment” with China in Southeast Asia.  While no exact analogy is on the horizon to the original Munich moment – Neville Chamberlain proclaiming “peace in our time” after agreeing with Hitler to the partition of Czechoslovakia – Webb’s larger point is that China’s career of aggression in the South China Sea needs checking.

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Perhaps a better analogy would be calling the current situation in the South China Sea a prospective remilitarization-of-the-Rhine moment.  In any case, Webb is right that there are things to worry about. Continue reading “Meanwhile, in the South China Sea: “Forget the US””