“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Obama, Nato, Missile Defense, Afghanistan and Russia


  1. The Euros are having their "Oh Shit," moment.

    as in:

    Oh Shit, this dickwad is a total fucking waste. No more "ridin uncle sugar," for awhile. We're going to have to do a little bit our "Own Sorry Asses."

    The Americans have stuffed us good, this time.

  2. For four years, Angela Merkel's government was unable to find common ground when it came to many foreign policy issues. Now, armed with a new coalition partner, the chancellor must develop a clear German position on a host of issues.


    In retrospect, these debates seem rather academic. US President Barack Obama has since made it clear that there are more important issues to be addressed, and that he wants to achieve results in the management of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Afghanistan, Iran and the Middle East.


    This could quickly change after the election. Berlin could already modify its approach toward Iran in the next few weeks.

    Tough Work Abroad

  3. We're gonna destroy, dismantle, and disrupt the al-Qaeda network while reforming, transforming and modernizing NATO.

    That sounds encouraging. Doesn't it? And what did you think of the President's resolve on missile defense?


  4. The days are getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere and the first cold front of the season has passed through my part of the world in north Florida. While it hasn't been a particularly hot summer, it's 50 degrees this morning. Ahhh!