Light blogging today. PopMatters got me down.
But, I did want to post a link for Adam and Andrew, Gabriel Kolko
’s take on the future of alliances
and American foreign policy. Appeared in the SMH
this Tuesday last. Prof. Kolko points out
- The one-party US political system and how Clinton was not much better vis. Defence spending;
- The technologist justification for defence budgets and hence international power;
- And the (possibly) positive disbanding of alliances with the US should GWB gain a second term, forcing other national governments to think of protecting themselves and not aligning their foreign policies with America’s. And that Kerry would most likely reinstate these alliances, and their manifest failures, vis Nato etc. These alliances (most nakedly in WW1) are one of the main causes of wars.
I don’t agree with everything but I think it a line worth considering. Again, it begs arguing over a future-vision, which is the realm of idealist squabbling. I’m finding myself more and more taking the pacifist/humanitarian line. I want none of wartalk. More empathy please.
Plugged Padma Lakshmi
into Google’s image search and got some er, interesting results. That man Rushdie, with his trophy wife… is he going all out for the Arthur Miller Middle-Aged Mayhem Award? Maybe Fury
was the wrong word. Does her model’s body insurance policy cover acts of terrorism and assassination threats? I speculate.