Another new report – another obvious conclusion. A government report released today paints a somewhat disconcerting new picture of an unstable America and reduced American influence as India and China continue to grow.
“Although the United States is likely to remain the single most powerful actor, the United States’ relative strength — even in the military realm — will decline and U.S. leverage will become more constrained,” says the report, which is the fourth in a series from the Intelligence Council.
Obviously, I don’t give the Intelligence Coucil a lot of weight, but I do believe that they’re on to something, noting that the the world will continue shrinking and natural resources will become increasingly scarce in the years to come. Their argument that the world is in the midst of an unprecedented “transfer of global weath and power” from west to east is sound and as we continue to transfer manufacturing, mining, and intelligence labor to other countries the United States will simply be a military force and holder of other people’s money. It’s hard not to understand or see the logic in what we’re saying, and the reasons behind it, from this chair, are quite obvious.
If you had asked me yesterday what India’s Navy has done lately I probably would have asked if you were kidding. It had never even occurred to me that India has a navy. Well, apparently they do and the Associated Press is reporting that they apparently know how to use their navy, too.
For those of you that haven’t been following world events, a new Saidu supertanker was captured Saturday more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. The MC Sirius Star was home to 25 crew and approximately $100 million in crude oil cargo, not to mention the cost of the new supertanker itself. In the first real sign of retribution that I’ve read of, the New Delhi Associated Press is reporting that the Indian navy sank a suspected pirate “mother ship” before chasing too attack boats off into the darkness. These mother ships are apparently little launch pads for the pirates, allowing them to head off into deeper and deeper waters. Ultimately they will ransom off the crew, boat and cargo, which keeps them in business.
Too bad for John McCain that the majority of Americans have a different opinion – or they don’t believe he’s ready either, but they want him to be President anyway. Who knows, but tough luck. The Boston Herald is running an article under the heading of Political Intelligence talking about how McCain and his supporters are questioning “whether my [sic] opponent in this election has the wisdom or judgment to serve as Commander in Chief.” This coming from the 72 year old, cancer survivor whose beauty-queen running mate didn’t get her passport until this year? Does McCain have the wisdom or judgment to take the country to the next level? Because it sure doesn’t seem that he has the backup.
If McCain is going to use this as his next attack against Obama, he really should take a long, hard look at Sarah Palin and make sure he’s not opening doors that he doesn’t want visited.
Okay, I said it – Twitter is the ideal bathroom read/write application. It’s short, sweet, to the point, and it ideal for cell phone users. Waiting on the toilet, on the bus, or on Bart? Twitter. Well, it seems as though the campaigns are both tweeting about their efforts in hopes of swaying more and more voters to their camp. Good idea or bad? I’m not sure, but I do think this opens up a whole new opportunity for people to share their views and opinions about the candidates. Hell, just about anyone can come up with 140 intelligent character while sitting on the pot.
Interestingly enough, at the same time our candidates are ramping up their tweets, the Army Intelligence idiots folks are suggesting that Twitter may also become the next tool used by terrorists. Putting two and two together, they’re suggesting that tweets could be “used as an effective tool to coordinate terrorist attacks.” Interesting, and this coming from a group that needs a phone book sized report to order a toilet seat. But, that’s a whole ‘nother rant.