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General Comments / On Post-Cold War NATO
« on: September 26, 2019, 05:20:48 PM »
In an effort to prevent an on-going hijacking of a thread that will likely continue to be contentious and the subject of innumerable news bulletins, a thread on NATO and what it's for now that USSR isn't poised to invade Western Europe.

I think NATO was preserved following the end of the Cold War to keep The West on the same page as far as military and defense issues are concerned; like the G7 but with tanks. It's a convenient way to keep everyone on the same side and channel voices into unison whenever non-Western powers get up to something. It hasn't worked perfectly but it's allowed the West to get everyone pulling in the same direction a number of times.

The hostility to Russia is historical and because a resurgent Russia is a natural pole for power to coalesce around. That also makes it a good candidate for a common enemy or op force to use to define "Us."

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General Comments / So if Trump gets hit by a bus tomorrow
« on: November 21, 2016, 02:50:49 PM »
Who do the Electors vote for? What are their legal obligations? Who should they vote for? While Pence is the obvious choice, I don't think it's straightforward.

Complications:

Pence is not Trump. Unlike other VPs, he's not just a faded echo of the presidential candidate but coming from a substantially different background and representing a very different interest group. It be like giving GOP voters Jeb Bush when they picked Ted Cruz.

Clinton won the popular vote. She only lost the electoral vote by a small number of votes in a few states.

Both sides are likely to freak right out, pretty much regardless of the choice. The conspiracy theorist would have a field day and Trump's helped some of them move mainstream. Whatever happens, it would really screw with the legitimacy of the vote.

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General Comments / Justice Scalia dead
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:29:38 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-dead-1.3447579

Well, damn. That was more unexpected that it should have been.

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