Friday, January 30, 2009

Santa CINC

NATO is looking north:

NATO will need a military presence in the Arctic as global warming melts frozen sea routes and major powers rush to lay claim to lucrative energy reserves, the military bloc's chief said Thursday.

Of course, thawing would not be a security issue but for one particular country that is practicing its psycho regime routine:

In a new national directive, Russia has asserted claims on large sections of the Arctic Ocean. The tone of the document is openly aggressive, prompting fears of increasing international tension over who has the right to exploit the mineral-rich territory.

I'm glad NATO is looking north. But given the general inability of NATO to demonstrate a collective spine, I'd say we should establish a Polar Command to look after our interests up there and coordinate with allies.