To: All Readers
From: Ace
Re: Your GAINZZZ, Brah
| Main | Obama: I Really Worked Hard to Get Elected. In Between Golf and Bono. Too Bad Hillary Wasn't as Hard a Worker as I Totally Was.
November 14, 2016

Michael Totten's Open Letter To The New President Has Some Gems

But I would also point out that he has a hysterical post over at his own site, so take what he says with a large bourbon and a bite of steak. Or a grain of salt....I'm not sure about the correct saying.

But What the Next President Must Do About the World has some intelligent observations about the state of the world and how our foreign policy must recognize some harsh facts:

You will not be able to democratize the Middle East and drain the swamp of its political pathologies by using regime change or any other tool at your disposal. Nor will you be able to diplomatically "engage" your way to being liked by the Vladimir Putins and Ali Khameneis of the world. You can flush the terrorists of ISIS out of their nests and vaporize them with Predator drones, but they'll pop up again in some other unstable and anarchic part of the world.

He is correct about nation-states, but I do not believe that an aggressive policy of total war against militant Islam would be ineffectual. Keeping these murderers rocked back on their heels and afraid to turn on their cell phones or computers for fear of a special forces bullet or a missile strike is a fine thing. Make them afraid of American might and maybe they will be less apt and able to kill innocents in the West.

First things first. You need to get real about Russia.

No more "resets" or "bromances." Vladimir Putin is not your friend.

He is implacably hostile to the U.S. and Europe for one simple reason. He recoils from the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe, just as we would have done had the Soviet Union won the Cold War and expanded the Warsaw Pact to Brussels and Amsterdam.

So Putin pushes back anywhere and everywhere he can. The handful of countries in his backyard that haven't yet joined the European Union and NATO but might some day -- Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, and Moldova -- must either bow to Russian hegemony or suffer the consequences.

Yup. And it will take a few years to rebuild both our credibility and our armed forces to the point where we can challenge Putin in his back yard.

Anyway....read the whole thing. It's a bit too realpolitik for my taste, but Totten is knowledgeable and a good writer, so it's not a waste of time.


digg this
posted by CBD at 06:57 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
bonhomme: "[i]Which makes about as much sense as aspiring to ..."

Fran Tarkington: " I thought comic books were supposed to be about " ..."

The Ambiguously Gay Duo[/i] [/b] [/s] [/u]: "[i]Lubed, ready, and rested! Posted by: Captain ..."

Rick in SK: "Penthouse introduced "lesbian chic", and It also h ..."

CLINT FLICKER: "Jesse Jackson announces that he has Parkinson's Di ..."

Kindltot: "Wow. Senators claim Kushner failed to turn over s ..."

Benji Carver : ""Jesse Jackson announces that he has Parkinson's D ..."

Curmudgeon: "[i]Playboy was airbrush city and Hustler didn't bo ..."

AnonymousDrivel: "Rick in SK: [i]"I may have bought a few magazines ..."

Walter Freeman: "[I]@294: "Jesse Jackson announces that he has Park ..."

Don Q.: "Posted by: bonhomme at November 17, 2017 01:29 PM ..."

Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "[i]271 Of course, Gent was something you always ju ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64