November 11, 2005

VDH Gets It

Victor Davis Hanson's weekly column in NRO discusses who the US's friends are and aren't in the world. Interesting money quote:

"In contrast, an India, Japan, and Australia are proud and confident nations. They don't indict our citizens and often appreciate an American global role, whether outsourcing jobs or patrolling regional waters. Unlike the U.N., the EU, and South America, they spare us the sanctimonious lectures and look forward rather than nurse wounds of the past."

India, Japan, Australia, and the US -- this is the same "tsunami team" (sometimes called the "baseball-cricket alliance") that put togther an impromptu and highly effective relief team after the December 2004 tsunami -- so effective that the UN immediately had to horn in to cover that fact that they were so ineffective in contrast. Just prior to that event, I had discussed the question of why those four nations, along with a few others, would be central to the politics of the 21st Century, and the Euro-dreamers would not.

Posted by James C. Bennett at November 11, 2005 09:19 AM
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It is interesting to skim these recent articles from the New Left Review about Japan: here, here and here. While I disagree with the orientation of the author -- tranzi-Left -- and his conclusions -- "how awful!" -- his factual summary of Japan seems accurate. It is becoming a closer military ally of the USA, rejecting its pacifist position of the last 60 years, becoming a more "neo-liberal" economy open to foreign investment, seeking security from China, and rejecting its corporatist state-directed economic model.

Posted by: Lex at November 11, 2005 10:01 AM

The NRO article sounds good to me. However, I know in the long run free trade makes us richer. Pulling military out of Europe is something that can be done with little effect to our prosperity, even enhances it. Free trade is something that may be harder to hold back on. We should not punish ourselves by punishing others.

Is there any other balance or way going about this?

Posted by: jgeee at November 11, 2005 01:21 PM

One of the many problems with the Europeans is that they behave like teenage children - rude and unpleasant and rebellious in the certain knowledge that the parents (i.e. the United States) will, in the last resort, come and rescue them. At some point this will stop. I am sorry to say, because I live on this side of the pond, we shall be up **** creek without a paddle.

Posted by: Helen at November 11, 2005 06:35 PM

The thing is, Indians are growing bitter about the US's alliance with Pakistan in the WOT. In their eyes, they won't really join with the New Anglosphere until Pakistan is marginalized.

Posted by: Anjali at November 11, 2005 07:06 PM

It isn't Pakistan but rather their reactionary wing of Islam, that needs to be marginalized. Those seem to be the people that are mostly causing the problems between the Pakis and India.

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