Germany is left as the major power of Europe itself, and to the degree that Europe projects power it will do so under significant German influence. But how, and toward what end?
The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.
Spain is a country of Suckers because our political leaders have become Suckers. They are no longer necessary and have become an extractive, fat and inefficient ruling elite. It is time to cut the fat and become lean.
Ever since the first big revelations about the National Security Agency five months ago, Dianne Feinstein has been in overdrive to defend the surveillance state.
Two points, I think, are important to understanding the European response to invasive U.S. surveillance: a shift in values and a shift in power.
The very arrogance and presumption defining this action by the intelligence community -- increasingly opaque and beyond the control of the State Department -- help make sense of any number of otherwise bewildering features of U.S. foreign policy.
When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes....
Project Rahab uses SIGINT -- intelligence based on interception of signals, conversations and electronic communications -- to gather information on foreign business competition that can benefit German companies.
This week saw proof that the so-called "Snowden Effect" is still... in effect. The term refers to the increase of public knowledge and debate set in motion by Edward Snowden's leaks. The latest disclosure being that the NSA tapped Yahoo's and Google's international data centers. Last week it was the tapping of German Chancellor Merkel's cell phone. On Monday, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein said not only was she unaware of this, but so was President Obama. On Thursday, Secretary of State Kerry said the NSA had gone "too far" and was operating on "automatic pilot." So not only is the "Snowden Effect" letting the public know what the NSA is doing, it's also informing the White House. The president says he welcomes debate with the public on the NSA. But how many more "Snowden Effect" revelations will it take before we can have a real debate on what is acceptable and what is not?
Life in a national insecurity state... ...
Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.
A while ago, I advocated political realignment, replacing the Republican and Democratic parties with two new parties, The Fools and the Knaves.
Note the outcry with the gnashing and the keening and the wailing. Methinks our allies doth protest too much. "You betrayed our trust." You're playing the trust card?
Recent reports indicating that President Obama was aware of and personally approved an NSA program that involved spying on the personal communications...
The world's most watched elections occur in America. The world's most boring election occurred in Germany, characterized by debate over such critical issues as meat-free days in government cafeterias. As expected, Chancellor Angela Merkel was effectively reelected.
The basic principle here is: Put someone in a comfortable chair with a cell phone and nothing else to do and they'll just start talking. Even the former head of the NSA will do this! He wasn't threatened with waterboarding.