Club-K Container Missile System

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Said to be a carrier killer (and a terrorist’s dream). In a big war, it all comes down to cyberwarfare and who can knock out more satellites. The air determines who controls the field.

Here is a story about the Air Force’s X-37B Spacecraft.


The Russo-Georgian Conflict and the Balance of Power

Saturday, September 13, 2008

This essay by George Friedman in the New York Review of Books explains the geopolitical causes and ramifications of the Russo-Georgian conflict.

For Russia, this was a calculated response undertaken to restore it’s influence among the former Soviet satellites. The message? America (and NATO) can’t and won’t protect you, so watch it.

For the United States, it was an embarrassment:

It is difficult to imagine that the Georgians launched their attack against US wishes. The Georgians rely on the United States, and they were in no position to defy it. This leaves two possibilities. The first is a huge breakdown in intelligence, in which the United States either was unaware of the deployments of Russian forces or knew of them but—along with the Georgians—miscalculated Russia’s intentions. The second is that the United States, along with other countries, has viewed Russia through the prism of the 1990s, when its military was in shambles and its government was paralyzed. The United States has not seen Russia make a decisive military move beyond its borders since the Afghan war of the 1970s and 1980s. The Russians had systematically avoided such moves for years. The United States had assumed that they would not risk the consequences of an invasion.

I would posit a third possible explanation, with a $1 billion payoff at the end – a percentage of which is certain to end up in Swiss bank accounts (I know, I’m a crank).

At any rate, the essay is worth reading.

And here, for your added benefit, is neocon Fred Kagan (of the illustrious neocon Kagan family) testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. His perspective is precisely what you’d expect.

Georgia: Smart Move or Miscalculation?

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) offers a broader strategic look at the Russo-Georgian conflict in a post on its blog. What is MESH?

MESH is a community of scholars and practitioners who are interested in the formulation of U.S. strategic options for the Middle East; it is a project of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Got that?

At any rate, this post by member Walter Laqueur, and the subsequent comment by a professor at George Mason, pulls the lens back to take a quickie strategic view of the landscape surrounding this mini-war, in particular it’s affect on the Middle East. Bottom line? Though the Russians feel absolutely justified advancing on Georgia, they may have miscalculated the long-term impact of the move.

Here, also, is the always thoughtful (and often brilliant) Belgravia Dispatch on McCain and Russo-Georgian conflict.

McCain Exploits Georgia for Political Gain

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is there anything this guy won’t now do?

He’s got an editorial in the Wall Street Journal this morning proclaiming once again that, “We are all Georgians.” But what does this mean? Tough-talk posturing by a neocon Churchill wannabe? A remark preparatory to an effort to involve us militarily in this war? Or merely an opportunist’s political calculation to, once again, swing the debate away from the crumbling American economy to foreign affairs?

The answer is probably all of the above. Which means that McCain is a ideological fantasist, war-mongerer, and political sleazeball. Hey, let’s elect him president!

McCain warns darkly:

Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.

Is he so politically desperate for war that he would turn a regional conflict that can be resolved diplomatically into a second Cold War? Didn’t you know, he is saying, that there aren’t just evil Muslims out there, but also evil Russians?

Give us a break, McCain. One war at a time, okay? (You may not of noticed, but we can’t afford any more war, cold or otherwise. Our treasury is ten trillion dollars in the hole.)

McCain has never felt that he has lived up to the warrior achievements of his father and grandfather. There is only one way left for him to do that: the presidency. It is a mark of his desperation that, even at his advanced age, he continues to press any shameful opportunity to help him resolve his daddy issues.

Is Bush Courting War?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The announcement that we are sending humanitarian relief into Georgia presents a danger for the U.S. If the soldiers who are providing this aid come under fire or are wounded or killed, what is our next step?

I think it’s safe to say that the Russians don’t want a war with the United States. Given the irresponsibly belligerent talk from John McCain (and the trotting out of Hitler warnings again from the usual neocon suspects), can we say the same of Bush? Is it possible these men would court war to maintain power?

I am afraid to say, I can’t answer those questions with certainty.

Let’s all hope the Russians come to their senses.

There is No Honor in Bombing Civilians

Monday, August 11, 2008

I don’t know that there is anything the world can do unless it is prepared for war with Russia, but the U.S. and the rest must condemn this war. The Russians must ceasefire. There is no good reason for this. (Photo Credit: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Supreme Court Finds For Human Rights

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court found today, by a 5 to 4 ruling, that detainees at Guantánamo Bay have a constitutional right to go to federal court to challenge their continued detention. Kennedy sided with the majority in the case, Boumediene v. Bush, and wrote the opinion, declaring, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

Hallelujah! This is yet another blow in the never ending battle to ensure that the terrorists don’t win by destroying what America stands for.

Roberts, Alito, Scalia (worst Justice ever), and Thomas dissented.