Category Archives: International Considerations

US Embassies and Consulate Ops!


Since I am an advocate for NO repeat NO  State Department or USAID budget but instead just use 5 or 10% of the DOD budget for that purpose and over the next several decades increase the STATE Department and USAID … Continue reading

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THE DOWNGRADE!


Readers of this blog know my uncertainty when it comes to finance and economics. But the downgrade of USA debt (bonds) from AAA to AA by Standard and Poors is at least a telltale. Of course as we all know … Continue reading

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As Time Goes By?


Well the Republicans and Tea Partiers have locked in for 2012 on their principle policies and issues.  First, its the economy stupid. After all it  worked for Bill Clinton. Second,  federal budget cuts! Personally I  think Obama now realizes how … Continue reading

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Japan in Perspective


The foremost US citizen who is a leading if not the leading Japanologist from the west for that Asian power has chosen at age 88 to become a Japanese citizen.    He is not the first to fall in love with … Continue reading

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Anne-Marie Slaughter–One to Watch?


I recently observed ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER provide extempore comments on a panel involving the recently wonk circulated product by a Mr. Y. which she wrote an introduction for and issued by the Woodrow Wilson Center. Did not always agree with her … Continue reading

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Japan–Three weeks into the Catastrophe!


Well the phrase “a long hard slog” does not just apply to warfare. And by the way a NATO figleaf now covers the naked position of the OBAMA Administration in Libya. Also the rebels/insurgents have made little progress despite the … Continue reading

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CHINA


I guess reading about the Chinese offer to Poland to fund and build their critical infrastructure including roads, railways, and airports startled me into thinking that maybe the Germans won’t have a lock on what happens West of the Urals … Continue reading

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