Saturday, December 04, 2010


What a hectic week it has been! I am happy to concur with the American Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, quoted below.

"The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets.

Some governments deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation. So other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another. 

Is this embarrassing? Yes. 

Is it awkward? Yes. 

Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest."

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