The Disaffected Lib: Banging the War Drums

If you thought you had heard the last of insanely bellicose Anders Fogh “Foggy” Rasmussen when his term as NATO secretary-general lapsed, you were wrong. He’s back and he’s talking war again. “This is not about Ukraine. Putin wants to restore Russia to its former position as a great power,” he told The Telegraph. “There ...

The Disaffected Lib: NATO – You’re Not the Master of the Universe. Now, Stand Down.

NATO’s outgoing CEO, er Secretary-General, Anders ‘Foggy’ Rasmussen, should really send caviar and roses to Vladimir Putin.  NATO hasn’t done all that well on Foggy’s watch – the cock-up in Libya, the hapless adventure in Afghanistan everybody would rather forget, the absorption of new members from eastern Europe more eager to get under NATO’s umbrella ...

The Disaffected Lib: Inching Ever Closer to a Shooting War with Russia

Foggy Rasmussen Why do I get the feeling that there are some in the West who would welcome a conflict with Russia? I watched a documentary last night on the final two years of the Soviet Union, the Gorbachev-George H.W. Bush years.  Some great commentary came from Bush Sr.’s Soviet-affairs expert, a Princeton prof, Stephen ...

CuriosityCat: Presidential Election: The Battle of the Pollsters

Nate Silver – 538 pollster While most Americans are focusing on the battle between Obama and Romney, hardcore political junkies (such as you) are also darting from one poll to another, and one pollster to another. Gallup, the grandfather of polling, has raised hackles amongst some. Nate Silver, a pro-Obama blogger, popular with non-Republicans, thinks ...

CuriosityCat: Obama & Romney: Are the polls skewed in Obama’s favour?

You’d think the results of so many polls would result in a fairly settled expectation of how many voters will vote for one of the two presidential candidates, but not so. The Republicans believe the polls are skewed and do not reflect the reality on the ground. Therefore, the race is much closer between Obama ...