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“The changing balance of global financial power”, by Brad Setser

The 20th century was the age of the great democracies — esp. the United States, the leader and largest — and their triumph over Empires, fascism, and communism.  This century appears to be running in a different direction, as Brad Setser explains in the essay below.  We must either change course or learn how to adapt to …

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Georgia = Grenada, an antidote to Cold War II

Summary:  Bob Killebrew at the SWC displays the aggressive aspect of American strategy, joining the chorus calling for us to restart the cold war.  Fortunately we have Chet Richards to provide a useful perspective on the events in Georgia.  The contrast tells much about America. What will the 2033 version of Wikipedia say about the Georgia – …

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Best insight yet about America and the Georgia-Russia fighting

Excerpt from “Memo to Ross Douthat“, Daniel Nexon, posted at Duck of Minerva, 13 August 2008. Douthat comments on Max Boot’s call for the US to, if necessary, turn Georgia into the next Afghanistan (circa 1984): Now these arguments have a certain surface plausibility, but I would find them much more convincing if Boot were …

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Comments on the Georgia-Russia fighting: Buchanan is profound, McCain is nuts

Summary:  Patrick Buchanan is one of our few original political writers.  He often says things of great wisdom, and often things which with I totally disagree.  This is one of the former.  Derbyshire’s comments also match my views (except the ambiguous last sentence).  McCain’s bizarre remarks demonstrate why many regard the prospect of his presidency with …

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What did we learn from the Russia – Georgia conflict?

Here are some useful comments about the conflict between Russia and Georgia.  IMO just Russia reasserting is traditional sphere of influence, into which the US was foolishly expanding. Contents “The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power“, George Friedman, Stratfor, 12 August 2008 “South Ossetia, The War of My Dreams“, Gary Brecher (The War Nerd), The Exile …

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