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Only in a region where the rivals have nuclear power capabilities. So see the various "to play 1850's Great Game politics against Russia" comments.

For other regional hard power games, see Who is it that the UK and Spain intend to invade?. Seaborne assault capabilities need amphibious assault vessels, while escort duties and logistical support for evacuations can be provided by a less heavily armored type of light aircraft carrier, a "Sea Control" vessel.

If Great Britain was focused on the defensive needs of a maritime nation, its "big ships" would be attack submarines and light aircraft carriers.


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 Jul 16th, 2009 at 06:53:20 AM EST
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Only in a region where the rivals have nuclear power capabilities.

I submit that is not the case.  Israel is a nuclear power, yet I think you could easily argue that Iran, which is not a nuclear power, is a power player in the region for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that their proximity to our bestest buddy, Saudi Arabia.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 03:11:39 PM EST
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... the statement. The evidence that contradicts the statement is a region where no rival has nuclear weapons, but nuclear weapons are required to be a regional power.

A regional rival with nuclear weapons is necessary for nuclear weapons to be a requisite of status as a regional power, not sufficient.


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 Jul 16th, 2009 at 03:31:27 PM EST
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