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It would be a very good idea to start mapping the EU's combined global base network. Because I think it's underrated.

Also, Africa.

That is, the EU is not gearing up to fight a naval war in the straits of Taiwan. But it (well, France and the UK and at times on opposite sides) still has a large and not always benign influence on politics in Africa, with a lot of interventions.

Which doesn't require more than a few thousand troops plus overwhelming firepower at a time.

More aircraft carriers will mean more interventionism in Africa and parts of the Middle East.

I'm optimistic that the carrier plans are going to be scaled down and postponed, though. The money has to be spent on banks right now...

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 05:14:26 AM EST
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Its different money being spent on banks. The money being spent on banks is replacing dud assets, and its just newly created fiat-currency purchasing power to replace the credit-money purchasing power that is vanishing as banks accept loan repayments without extending new credit. IOW, it IS "money" being spent ... not income.

The "money being spent" on the military is a diversion of national real income ... and given the collapsing phony-economy sector in the UK, it seems highly likely that the MP's "representing" y'all in the UK will forget to consider whether or not to continue with building the QE class ships. These ship-building projects are like boulders rolling downhill ... they are a lot easier to stop before they get moving than when they are on the move.

But there seems to be very good prospects for France backing out of their penciled in plan to buy one or two of their own, so that's good news at least.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:47:36 AM EST
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