7 December 2016   Leave a comment

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941.  It marked the beginning of the Pacific Theater of Operations of the Second World War, and stimulated the US to enter the war which had begun in Europe on 1 September 1939.  The attack also propels the US into active engagement in world affairs, despite the reluctance of many Americans to become involved.

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Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term as Germany’s Chancellor.   Although her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) have strong support in the polls, Merkel faces a tough fight and has taken a harder line on the issue of immigration.  She does, however, seem to be committed to upholding the liberal world order, unlike many of her counterparts in Europe and the US.

The US Congress has just given President Trump the right to send portable surface to air missiles to Syrian rebels.  The Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) are highly controversial because, in the wrong hands, they pose a serious threat to civilian airplanes.  The new law contains struct language on how the weapons can be transferred, but there is little question that the distribution of the weapons to a non-state actor, no matter how thoroughly vetted, elevates the risk of proliferation.

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Posted December 6, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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