The Unstoppable Force vs. The Immovable Object — Noah Feldman, Foreign Policy Could the United States really go to war with China? Are we on the brink of a new Cold War? The question isn’t as outlandish as it seemed only a few years ago. The United States is still the sole reigning superpower, but it is being challenged by the rising power of China, just as ancient Rome was challenged by Carthage, and Britain was challenged by Germany in the years before World War I. Should we therefore think of the United States and China as we once did about the United States and the Soviet Union, two gladiators doomed to an increasingly globalized combat until one side fades? Or are we entering a new period of diversified global economic cooperation in which the very idea of old-fashioned imperial power politics has become obsolete? Should we see the United States and China as more like France and Germany after World War II, adversaries wise enough to draw together in an increasingly close circle of cooperation that subsumes neighbors and substitutes economic exchange for geopolitical confrontation? Read more …. My Comment : To begin …. I doubt very much that we will ever see such a conflict in our lifetime. But if such a possibility does rear it’s ugly head …. in today’s climate I doubt very much that the U.S. would go to war against China. There is zero political will in Washington to even fathom such a possibility. On the flip side …. I cannot same about the Chinese …. and this is my biggest worry.
Could The United States Really Go To War With China?
Accused American spy Ryan Fogle, following his detention in Moscow. © Photo Russian Federal Security Service ‘Unprecedented’ CIA Moscow Chief Leak Puzzles Ex-Spies — RIA Novosti WASHINGTON, May 17 (By Carl Schreck for RIA Novosti) – Russia’s decision to publicly identify a purported top US spy in the country is an “unprecedented” move in relations between Moscow and Washington with no clear indication of how the United States will react, former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers and security experts told RIA Novosti on Friday. “Certainly throughout the Cold War, and even after that, there was a practice of not naming the head of the [spy agencies] in the respective countries,” said Peter Earnest, who operated intelligence collection and covert operations in Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career with the CIA. Read more …. My Comment: What is there to be puzzled about …. the Russians are sending a message to the U.S. because they know that the U.S. is not going to retaliate. In short …. they are going out of their way to humiliate the U.S., and they are making a point of advertising what they are doing to the rest of the world.
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Former CIA Spies Are Puzzled By Russia’s Unprecedented Treatment Of The CIA Moscow Chief
Robots at the Robofest-2013 youth festival in Moscow. © RIA Novosti. Artem Zhitenev Russia Developing ‘Terrorist-Killer Robots’ — RIA Novosti MOSCOW, May 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russian experts are developing robots designed to minimize casualties in terrorist attacks and neutralize terrorists, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday. Robots could also help evacuate injured servicemen and civilians from the scene of a terrorist attack, said Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry. Other antiterror equipment Russia is developing includes systems that can see terrorists through obstacles and effectively engage them in a standoff mode at a long distance without injuring their hostages, he said. Read more …. My Comment: The key sentence in this report is the following …. …. Rogozin did not say when the equipment might be deployed by Russia’s security and intelligence services. In short …. these robots will probably never be deployed.
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Russia’s ‘Terrorist-Killer Robots’
Capt. Richard Koll, left, and Airman First Class Mike Eulo monitored a drone aircraft after launching it in Iraq. U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Steve Horton Drone Strikes: A Candid, Chilling Conversation With Top U.S. Drone Pilot — David Wood, Huffington P ost He always watches for the kids. Peering through cameras and sensors from his computer station thousands of miles away, he absorbs the details of daily life in the villages below. He develops an eerie intimacy with his targets. Which house these kids belong to. When that mom goes out to market. Who visits and why. He tries to ensure innocents are nowhere near. Then he yells “Rifle!” and fires the missile, watching until “Splash,” the detonation of the missile warhead. Until the last few seconds, if kids suddenly do appear, he can yank the missile away. Bill “Sweet” Tart is a drone pilot, one of the most experienced in the U.S. military. A decorated Air Force colonel, he sat down for a frank chat with The Huffington Post’s David Wood, providing a rare glimpse into the secretive U.S. drone wars. Read more …. My Comment: A fascinating read for those who are interested in drones.
MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicles sit in a clamshell at night at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 31, 2011. U.S. Air Force Drone Pilot Burnout Triggers Call For Recruiting Overhaul — NBC Driving a war drone is a stressful business. Shifts up to 12 hours long are stretches of dullness, watching and waiting, interrupted by flashes of intense activity in which pilots must make life-or-death decisions. Not their own life or death, however. Pilots may be thousands of miles away from the flying weapons system they’re operating. They often head home at the end of the day, as if returning from any other office job, maybe picking up milk on the way. But while at work, their drones’ onboard cameras put them in a unique position to watch people being killed and injured as a direct result of their actions. As psychologists learn more about the mental scarring warfare leaves on drone pilots — caused by long shift hours, isolation, witnessing casualties and those Jekyll-and-Hyde days split between battlefield and home — experts from within the U.S. Air Force are calling for a review of drone pilot selection. Read more …. My Comment : Warfare is changing …. but the impact of killing someone has not. For some drone pilots …. their suffering is just as bad as those in the field.
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Drone Pilot Burnout