France displaces Britain as key US military ally – AFP- Yahoo News

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English: USS Enterprise the back, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, steams alongside the newest, the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R 91) the front. Enterprise and her battle group are on a scheduled deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Doug Pearlman. [010516-N-6259P-003] May 16, 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de G...

English: Nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this important article from leading French news agency, AFP , published on Yahoo News, ‘France displaces Britain as key US military ally’. It’s a must read. Check it out!

via France displaces Britain as key US military ally – Yahoo News.

The article cites, France’s close cooperation in the Middle East, putting

Charles de Gaulle (R 91), France's only nuclea...

Charles de Gaulle (R 91), France’s only nuclear aircraft carrier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

aircraft carrier ‘ the Charles de Gaulle’ under the command of the US military, with French and US generals getting very close. It goes on to talk about the UK no longer being the US’s military ally because of austerity cuts.

When Obama first came to power, he turned his back on the US’s historic special relationship with the UK, preferring to make advances to Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe, As Obama changed US foreign policy, withdrawing US troops from global conflicts,  he was disappointed that he could not get Germany to contribute more to international defense. Meanwhile, under David Cameron’s government, UK defense spending has been severely savaged in austerity cuts. France’s  ‘Charles de Gaulle’ aircraft carrier raises a thorny subject for the UK’s military effectiveness after austerity (open this link for an excellent Daily Mail article on the UK’s limited and reduced aircraft carrier capability). So, overall, the conclusions of the AFP article are not really a surprise.

France has always been proud to intervene in foreign military conflict to help the underdog. Sadly, post austerity, the UK’s Navy is a tiny shadow of her historic former self. But I sense that France could still learn that Obama is fickle. Obama is a lame-duck president, trying to improve his record for posterity. For example, this weekend, we have seen that France is providing the backbone to negotiations with Iran, with Kerry ready to strike a deal at any cost.

France, who desperately needs to reform her economy, has rejected Germany’s calls for greater austerity. After the Charlie Hebdo attack, France will be glad that she has retained her military strength.

With the UK election weeks away, surely it’s overdue to have a public debate on the UK’s defense spending? {I’m not surprised that the UK’s Telegraph leads on this story today}.

Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

Some thoughts on US foreign policy and evidence – John Gelmini

The wider implications for US foreign policy that Dr Alf wonders about will be that in future President Obama will need to be a lot more circumspect about intentions than he has been.

Red lines need to be communicated behind closed doors not in television studios and not in televised press briefings.

Saying that you will order military strikes if there is chemical weapons use means that you have to provide irrefutable evidence to be credible or it means you have to lie and pretend you have it in order to justify what you propose to do next.

So far, neither Obama nor John Kerry, have produced any evidence and tellingly, neither has General Martin Dempsey America’s top General.

General Alexander, the head of the NSA, has not produced the evidence either, even in an amended form that conceals how his Agency might have obtained it, so until I see it on the table, I am not inclined to believe it exists.

We have several precedents for disbelieving what politicians tell us are the reasons for going to war.

They are most recently:

–The Iraq War in which we were told that Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction”, that the “threat was growing, that Saddam was like Hitler, that he had missiles that could hit the UK in 45 minutes”

–Vietnam,when we were originally told that the Gulf of Tonkin incident had happened only to learn decades later from Robert MacNamara.

John Gelmini

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English: Saddam Hussein statue falling Svenska: Saddam Hussein staty faller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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