The Best Defense

American strategy in Asia is working

Especially if it is to wait for China to scare its neighbors into seeking alliances with the United States and each other, and other steps to improve security. The United States and Philippines have some kind of deal on troop rotations and pre-positioning of equipment.

The Economist had a good cartoon about this the other day.

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The Best Defense

If Putin ever had to flee Russia, what country might he ask for asylum?

And which country would accept him, especially if he wanted to bring along his riches?

I am thinking Cyprus. Cuba would be nice but too risky, with old man Castro not likely to live forever. France might be an outside choice -- there is a long tradition of Russian émigrés hanging out there. At least until the NKVD started killing them in the late '30s.