Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Potemkin Alliance
This would be a very good time to implement the Fraley Doctrine. If you effete, sapped by socialism, non combat types in Europe get invaded again by a bad guy, we're not coming to save your sorry asses. Talk them out of it, or appeal to the UN for peacekeeping forces. That should work.
There might be new exceptions to the Fraley Doctrine for Eastern European nations which have a Republican form of government and a military expenditure of 1/2 of ours per capita. Tough cookies for the former members of the soviet union, however, you'll always be a little bit the bitch of the bear.
Labels: The Fall of NATO
"Any nation that chooses to make an enemy of Lithuania, makes an enemy of the U.S."
Now that isn't as strong as the "unflinching ally" promise he gave to Saakashvil, but the spirit is there.
Why did he make so many implicit promises he couldn't keep?
But I was thinking more in terms of the crippling of the military's ability to react to other crises around the global in the coming years. (or even to have the ability to threaten to react).
If there is another tyrant like Saddam within a few years, I will be open to a 'we have failed' meme. Tony says that such a result is inevitable. I'm not so pessimistic. Living free of tyranny is worth a whole lot. A trillion divided by 50 million is what? $200,000. Little pricey, I guess.
Lets call it 80,000 to 100,000 for per Iraqi.
Not cheap indeed.