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Friday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


9 April 2010 10:02

  • Cold Turkey: Prime Minister Erdogan calls Israel 'the principal threat to regional peace' in the Middle East. Israel-Jordan relations are in poor shape too.
  • Canberra insiders know John Besemeres as one of Australia's finest analysts of American and European affairs. It's good to see him sharing his ideas with the public — here he reflects on Ukrainian President Yanukovych's upcoming visit to Washington.
  • Tokyo reveals a plan to solve the Futenma Air Base issue by relocating the facility to a yet-to-be-built artificial island. WPR's Judah Grunstein notes drily that the plan 'bears a strong resemblance to my...plan for buying a Maserati, which involves a yet-to-be-built bank account.'
  • This Clay Shirky post about complexity and collapse (which I linked to on Tuesday) is resonating widely. One development expert says complexity is killing foreign aid too. (H/t Easterly.)
  • Over at ABC Unleashed, Thom Woodroofe asks why Australia's military officers are less politically active than their American counterparts. But Woodroofe's claim that GEN David Petreaus' is 'eager' to become president doesn't fit with what Petreaus himself says:

I thought I’d said no about as many ways as I could. I really do mean no. We have all these artful ways of doing it. I’ve tried Shermanesque responses, which everybody goes and finds out what Sherman said was pretty unequivocally no. I’ve done several different ways. I’ve tried quoting the country song, ‘What Part of No Don’t You Understand?’ I mean, I really do mean that. I feel very privileged to be able to serve our country. I’m honored to continue to do that as long as I can contribute, but I will not, ever, run for political office, I can assure you.