A couple of headlines this morning got me thinking that the West’s embrace of austerity might not be all bad. Of course it’s probably just wishful thinking.
The first article concerns a refreshingly nuanced and balanced lecture delivered by former US ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock.
In a lecture at King’s College London, Jack . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Austerity’s Silver Lining – Arms Race Update
Did you hear the news? Pakistan has inked a deal to buy eight modern Chinese submarines. Pakistan, yeah. And the Pakistan navy is looking at developing nuclear warheads for the torpedoes and cruise missiles those subs carry. What do you think of that? Does it evoke any sort of visceral reaction in you? I . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Canada Advances to Top Tier Warmongering. Congratulations All.
Saudi Arabia has now displaced India to become the largest armaments importer in the world. Saudi imports are reported to have shot up an alarming 54% over just the past year.
Among the beneficiaries of the House of Saud’s largesse is Canada, having inked a contract to sell nearly $15-billion worth of light armoured fighting . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Are We Doing Flooding this Place With Arms?
Dreadnoughts. The first modern battleship – big guns and steam turbine power. Prior to WWI these new super-warships triggered a major naval arms race between Britain and Germany.
Something similar is underway today across Asia and the South Pacific only this time its a naval arms race focused on submarine superiority. We don’t hear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Asia’s Dreadnoughts
Turkey, NATO’s sole member from the Muslim world, has ordered a new, air defence system – from China.
A government committee chaired by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister, decided this week to proceed with buying the long-range anti-aircraft and ballistic missile system from the state-owned China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation, rejecting rivals bids from . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – Turkey Buys Air Defence System from China
Singapore’s RSS Swordsman
When Obama announced America’s military “pivot” out of the Middle East and into Asia-Pacific, it was bound to shake up the neighbourhood – that plus China’s rapid military expansion that the pivot is intended to counter.
When China and the U.S. get testy it’s bound to stir up the neighbourhood and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – There Goes the Neighbourhood
India has served notice that its navy is ready to sail into the South China Sea to protect the country’s oil interests there.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said that, while India was not a territorial claimant in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – Indian Navy to South China Sea
It’s still a long way off from rivaling America’s 11-carrier battle groups but China has demonstrated a successful landing and takeoff from its refurbished Ukranian aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.The Chinese-built carrier jet, a Sukhoi 27 knock-off, co… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – China Gets Into Naval Air Game
The Americans spent about 16-years trying to perfect an aerial laser system capable of taking down income ballistic missiles. Russia is now pursuing what it calls space laser counter-measures.The Russians are after a more modest target.&nbs… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Arms Race Update – Russian Lasers in Space