American Elephants


Professor Bob Carter, Part 2 of 2. by The Elephant's Child


I hope you enjoyed the first part of the Bob Carter interview. Here is part 2 of the new Zealand interview which took place on April 23rd.



And the News from Our Allies Is… by The Elephant's Child
May 8, 2009, 2:38 am
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Freedom, Military | Tags: , ,

From the Wall Street Journal:

Since World War II, U.S. military dominance has underpinned the Asia-Pacific region’s prosperity and relative peace.  So it’s cause for concern when one of America’s closest allies sees that power ebbing amid unstable nuclear regimes such as Pakistan and North Korea and the expanding military power of China.

In the preface to a sweeping defense review released Saturday Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon writes: “The biggest changes to our outlook…have been the rise of China, the emergence of India and the beginning of the end of the so-called unipolar moment; the almost two-decade-long period in which the pre-eminence of our principal ally, the United States, was without question.”

Australia prepares for U.S. decline.  Read the whole article here.



A Word for our Friends by The Elephant's Child

John Howard

John Howard, the former prime minister of Australia, was honored by the American Enterprise Institute last Wednesday at a gala dinner, where he delivered the Irving Kristol lecture.

In the protracted struggle against Islamic extremism there will be no stronger weapon than the maintenance by western liberal democracies of a steadfast belief in the continuing worth of our own national value systems. And where necessary a soaring optimism about the future of freedom and democracy .

We should not think that by trading away some of the values which have made us who we are will buy us either immunity from terrorists or respect from noisy minorities.

If the butter of common national values is spread too thinly it will disappear altogether.

We should not forget that it is the values of our societies that terrorists despise most. That is why we should never compromise on them.

The entire speech is available here. It is worth reading the whole thing. Prime Minister Howard has been a very good friend to the United States. We don’t express our appreciation for the Aussies often enough or loudly enough, just as we often forget to show our gratitude to our own family members. Thank you, dear friends.




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