July 3, 2009

Comments are Fixed

The comments section was broken during the last couple of days, but it seems to be fixed now.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 3, 2009 9:52 AM

Hello, Michael Totten.
I picked up on Kaplan's comment..."Kaplan: And India is a democratic country that’s inferentially pro-American. So your average American would be right. This is a way for us to gracefully retreat from global domination, by leveraging other powers to take up responsibility.".
It's long past the time for America to finance and police the sea lanes. If China and India want to maintain uninterrupted sea passage off of the Somali coast and elsewhere, they can take over this responsibility. Their strong incentive would be to hold down insurance and shipping costs for their own exported goods to the lucrative American market. Trade can work both ways.
Then, we can at long last shed this idee fixe that America is to remain the superpower of the seas. There's also a future on the sea lanes for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, for starters.
I'd like to see more said publicly about the "leveraging"..nice word from Kaplan...responsibility away from America over to India and/or China.
Then, MJT, you can say that it was said right here first by Kaplan, and seconded by Morningside.


Posted by: Morningside Author Profile Page at July 4, 2009 7:24 PM

...a P.S.to my comment above, I've just copied and pasted this phrase from Fox News just now...I wasn't being flippant about the future of unmanned aerial vehicles....they'll have uses for air cargo also, on top of (no pun intended) offensive air actions against whatever looms appropriately.

"The 2018 Bomber, now being developed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, will be a long-range, penetrating heavy bomber that is flown autonomously by ground personnel."

My enthusiasm stems from being a radar aircraft controller halfway back in the last century...F86D's.

Posted by: Morningside Author Profile Page at July 5, 2009 4:33 PM

Mr. Totten, great as always. Iranian reporting was well done, but I fear MJ is more important to Americans that other people's freedom.

Morningside, as adversaries become increasingly well armed, as robotic subs, remotely fired missiles and even supersonic torpedos proliferate to clandestine criminal groups, the pressure is for us to increase policing, not retreat from it no matter how lonely a job this is.

Of course we must work with Russia, England, China and others to share in the sophisticated maritime response needed so energy and product routes stay open. The recent threat to the Suez by AQ is a case in point. It doesn't take much says Harlequin (see Ellison) to get the whole damn thing to stop. The world is planning an expanded global nuclear power market. Who is going to protect that?

The world has some incredible Naval capabilities including recon. It is time we all use it to protect our proposerity and security, but US leadership is central in the face of apathy and distain. Look how Obama was out on a limb to some pirates.

Posted by: maxtrue Author Profile Page at July 10, 2009 11:57 AM
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