Thursday, June 24, 2010


re Petraeus, 'This is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy,' Obama said.

And in Pakistan, yesterday, the state-run 'China Daily' said Beijing is likely to go ahead with its decision to "finance" the construction of two 650 MW nuclear power plants in Pakistan disregarding the concerns raised by India and the United States. Neither Pakistan nor Iran appears intimidated by the US's increasingly tough attempts to crack down on Iran for its alleged ambitions to build a nuclear bomb, and demonstrates the limits on American power.

IMO: In the longer run, if the US wants to survive, heavy drone bombing of Pakistan at least is likely to be essential. Obama is almost in the same position as Chamberlain was before WW2, and arrangements to provide a lot of drones - when necessary - to the Afghanistan/Pakistan area are essential. Right now, as I have frequently mentioned here, in principle India has better fighters and missiles than USA in the area but cannot waste public money on that kind of thing. USA will have to defend itself so Indians do not starve more than they have to. And India has the Maoist terrorists to worry about. The Israelis, with the help of the Saudis, may hold down the Iran end of things UTAP. Obviously, many things about Israel could look ugly but hardly worse than usual.

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