I hope I haven’t lost too many of you this week. By next week I’ll back to posting every day again. Right now my house is full of friends and relatives coming to see the new baby. And being the dad means I pretty much have to take care of everything from clothing stained with bodily fluids to my mother’s inability to operate a DVD player. Needless to say I haven’t been able to jack off in over a week now.

On the subject of having to do everything oneself, NATO’s role in the post Cold War world is finally coming into serious question these days. And for once we’re not being coy about shouldering the burden for world stability.

“In an unusually stinging speech, made on his valedictory visit to Europe before he retires at the end of the month, Gates condemned European defense cuts and said the United States is tired of engaging in combat missions for those who “don’t want to share the risks and the costs.”

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress, and in the American body politic writ large, to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources … to be serious and capable partners in their own defense,” he said in an address to a think tank in Brussels.

Official European reaction appeared muted Friday. In Germany, where many officials privately acknowledge that defense spending has been trimmed with the assumption that the United States would intervene in an emergency, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Gates’s speech was still being analyzed.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

Analyzed? What the fuck are you analyzing? It’s simple: we’re tired of carrying the load. It’s time for the rest of the world to grow up, get a job and move out of the house. America wants to walk around in its underwear and get drunk all day while it watches the soaps.

Of course there really is no way of making the rest of the world happy. I mean I’m all for international cooperation and consensus. But, it strikes me that the world body pretty much condemns us whenever we do act as well as when we don’t. And in every healthy relationship there comes a point where you have to tell the person you love to get their ass off the sofa and get their own goddamn potato chips. You had that baby a week ago. I’m tired over here.

I like Robert Gates. He strikes me as a pretty competent and no-nonsense guy. As opposed to just about every moron who has held the office before him. And he’s old which means he can tell people what he thinks and not give a fuck if they like it or not. Hell, elderly people get away with murder. It’s one of the reasons I’m actually looking forward to being old and senile.


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