Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
File this under, If that is how a country runs its foreign policy, it does not deserve to have one-apologies to Dickens
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
When the Daily Chatter appeared in the inbox, there was hope. It did not last long. DC is an email digest that promises the world in a couple of minutes. A few snapshots maybe, but le monde, non.
What is worse, DC repeats the same goofy anti Russian, dare we say it, chatter that is already all over the media from Vox to the MSM.
Today, they start off with the piece, Russian Roulette, with the usual media bias.
Negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin must feel a bit like Russian roulette. You know there’s a bullet in the chamber somewhere; you’re just not sure when it will go off.A bit loaded that, but in setting the tone, the rest does not disappoint either.
With his 2014 invasion of Ukraine and his 2015 bombing campaign in Syria, the crafty Russian leader has pioneered a new sort of post-Cold War diplomacy.His invasion of Ukraine – as indicated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent gaffe — is all-but forgotten. With the rest of the world’s attention fractured across various conflicts from Afghanistan to Syria, however, his troops and proxies have actually “steadily escalated the fighting” this summer, according to the Washington Post.
Much of the Post article is hinting. Some of it might be true, but nowhere are the machinations of Nato and the West mentioned.
The Daily Chatter in this and previous postings never mentions who started the whole business. They do not reference the rioting out of an elected, if unpopular president and the actions of Nuland and Pyatt in the event.
The rest of the article is the same silly speculation and
Ah but we eventually get to the full import of the article,
Sunday, July 31, 2016
On CNN he discusses Putin with CNN's Michael Smerconish who recycled some talking points that Professor Cohen swatted away. Please watch the video of a non-neocon getting on TV and doing something that is just not done, like making sense.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Anyway the column, Winners and Losers in the WOT looked at who had gained or would do well out of the War on Terror. My entry for herself was,
Hilary: Maybe, maybe not. We all remember the booing in New York. Still, if the war falters and she could claim that she is enough of what her detractors say (begins with "b") and start talking about how badly she wants to fight, hey who knows? You can say that reinventing herself as a warrior queen is out of character, but, truly there is nothing that is out of character for her.Not all the predictions panned out but I believe this one has.
I am not sure I would vote for Trump and I would not trust him with my savings., but so far he has the edge. Johnson, is too much of a globalist and for TPP and can't win.
Under no circumstances should Hilary Clinton be allowed near the nuclear button.
Friday, July 22, 2016
On November 1, 2006, the Neutralist noted essentially the same thing. After World War II,
We ended up supporting our allies and our enemies. We really did not want Japan and Germany rearming so we generously managed their defenses. The American Army became the Japanese Army. The U.S. Air Force served as the Luftwaffe. Those countries, freed from huge defense expenditures, had "economic miracles" that allowed pundits to tell us we should be doing what they were doing. (There are few American intellectuals so poor, that they don't own an inferiority complex about something.) Of course, that advice is no longer given today.The Neutralist is not seeking a post in a Trump administration. We shall merely continue to advise at a distance.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Who did what is murky and the whole "byzantine" nature of the events is, as it is put, "tl;dr" for poor little old moi.
The Neutralist only hopes for some good to come out of this.
It turns out that there are a goodly number of nukes in some state of readiness or unreadiness at the Incirlik air base. Why they are there decades after the end of the USSR is a question I have no answer for. We certainly don't think they need to be there at all.
It is increasingly apparent that the Erdogan regime is not in complete agreement with the NATO mission and that is not itself coherent with any precision.
The regime is trying to link an exiled cleric named Gulen to the coup. That may or not be so, but why does this political operative from another country get to be the biggest charter school guy in the country?
The Turk regime threatened to close Incirlik if we don't turn Gulen over. the Neutralist would not want to send someone back to Turkey unless the grounds were truly legitimate.
It would be, however, happy circumstance if the Turks have reason to get him back, but only if we can give back the airbase, and bring the nukes home. That would be a win win win for the US.
The Erdogan regime has been playing the Obama administration like a banjo. Their deep state is something a lot different from us.
In the immortal words of Martin Mull, "It's too hard to say au revoir, lets just hor d'oevre.
According to the invaluable Colonel Lang, this is much more urgent than the Neutralist thoght.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
According to the Times,
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.The Neutralist does see the Saudis point, sort of. They thought they could get away with anything because they were our oil buddies.
Now they want to punish us. Are they threatening to stop selling oil. Don't be silly. There are a heck of a lot of spigots out there and they want to protect market share.
No, the threat is economic and according to Mish Shedlock, it is empty. Mish has noted today that the Saudis have told their contractors that everything is going on the cuff. They are having a liquidity crisis.
Per Mish, "Does Saudi Arabia even have $750 billion. Color me skeptical.