22 September 2012

Luttwak on China

Luttwak has this to say about China:

The Chinese are autistic in dealing with foreigners, they have no sense of the 'other','' he said. ''They think they are incredibly brilliant strategists as if they had been conquering other nations, when in fact it's been the other way around for 1500 years.

He also praises Australia's strategic response to the China threat.

10 September 2012

Polish spooks warned of 1999 attack on USS Cole

The USS Cole was rammed by an explosives-packed boat in an al Qa'ida operation in 1999, according to the Miami Herald.

It gets even better:
In late 1999, two years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, a group of Afghan agents loyal to an anti-Taliban guerrilla leader proposed assassinating Osama bin Laden. All they wanted was the $5 million reward the Clinton administration had offered for bin Laden’s capture, says a former Polish spy who was the Afghans’ go-between on the plot. 
The CIA rejected the plan, however, saying, "We do not have a license to kill."

H/t: Armies of Liberation

04 September 2012

Ex-Shell chairman on climate change

Lord Oxburgh, former Shell chairman, supports the carbon tax, says Chinese leadership is the most enlightened on carbon emissions in the world (what an embarrassment for the rest of us!) and gets around by bicycle.