Russia — junior partner in the Anglosphere?
Iain Murray seems to think it’s a good idea, and, frankly, if Russia continues to behave like a grown up nation and a helpful ally, I don’t see why it could be a bad idea.
Welcome aboard, tovarishch!
Russia certainly isn’t another Canada yet, but from everything I’ve seen and read over the last few years (especially post 9-11), she’s made great strides towards become a good partner, and hopefully will become a true and long-lasting ally.
A steady supply of Russian oil is going to become the lynchpin of that alliance, helped by the convergence of our interests in Central Asia. With Russia onboard, taking on Iraq and the Saudis becomes massively easier. I don’t think they’ll help much on Iran, but I don’t really think the clerical regime has too much longer anyways, so that doesn’t matter a whole lot.
In short, hurrah for the CoDominion.
Na zdorovie (raising a glass)
That idea has been kicking around outside the blogosphere for months — possibly before William Quik coined the term “blogosphere”.
Add in India for its current abilites and potential (and tell Musharraf that he can roll and play dead, or roll over and be dead), and maybe Israel and Turkey as junior partners for their military expertise and abilities…
John makes an excellent point, which leads me to an obvious question:
All the decent countries are either with us or actually us. All the mostly-decent countries want to improve themselves and join us.
So why aren’t we winning faster?
Well, I guess that depends on what your definition of “with us” is. We’re still calling Saudi Arabia an ally for chrissakes.
However, I think everyone will agree that Canada is pretty damn with us, but they had an Al-Queda cell dissapear on them a couple weeks ago. That isn’t to say Canada is worthless, or actively stifling our efforts (I used to be a big Canada basher, but from what I’ve read on their military performance in Afghanistan, I’m rethinking my hostility. Their snipers kicked some serious ass).
Our FBI isn’t the only national police force that’s screwed the pooch on these types of cases. I give Canada as the first example to come to mind, but I’m sure there’s problems and screw-ups being made by many of our actual allies.
It might be difficult to get Turkey to lie down with Russia, even together with us. They have enmities going way back.