Bad news for India, probably for China, perhaps for the US as well

Peak water might be a more serious problem -- and perhaps happening sooner -- than peak oil.  NASA satellites provide more evidence of the danger.   But as the comment at the end notes, profitable but unsustainable agriculture is the underlying cause of the problem -- and ending it will be the eventual result (but hardly … Continue reading Bad news for India, probably for China, perhaps for the US as well

The advocates for the Af-pak war demonstrate their bankruptcy. Will the American public notice?

Polls show that support for the Af-pak war is fading.  The standard rationals for the war -- prevent another 9-11, nation-building -- are demolished.  The debate has shown the war's advocates without an substantive reasons for the war.  We will soon see if the American public notices.  Or cares.  Or can make its voice heard. … Continue reading The advocates for the Af-pak war demonstrate their bankruptcy. Will the American public notice?

Foust describes the case for our war in Afghanistan

Today's must-read article about the war: "The Case for Afghanistan: Strategic Considerations", Joshua Foust, Registan, 27 August 2009. The second in this series (the first was discussed here); it deserves to be read in full.  Please do so, as the Af-pak war may have vast effects on the US and the world.  Here are Foust's … Continue reading Foust describes the case for our war in Afghanistan

Is America a destabilizing force in the world?

Does America's foreign policy make us, to some extent, a destabilizing force in the world? Giving us one perspective on this -- looking at one facet of America's policy and its results in the subcontinent -- is Arundhati Roy in "9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September)“, Outlook India, 22 December 2008 — Hat tip to Tom … Continue reading Is America a destabilizing force in the world?