In this episode
Does Brexit mean Brexit? And an analysis of the US National Defense Strategy.
Brexit, and the US National Defense Strategy.
This week’s episode features the “Providing for the Common Defense” report out of the United States Institute of Peace. This report is a review of the US National Defense Strategy of 2018. The conclusions are challenging and serious.
Here is a section from the report:
“The security and well-being of the United States are at greater risk than at any time in decades. America’s military superiority—the hard-power backbone of its global influence and national security—has eroded to a dangerous degree. Rivals and adversaries are challenging the United States on many fronts and in many domains. America’s ability to defend its allies, its partners, and its own vital interests is increasingly in doubt. If the nation does not act promptly to remedy these circumstances, the consequences will be grave and lasting.”
The political and philosophical implications of the current status of Brexit is also a key consideration – in the UK, the EU, and around the world.
What does Brexit mean? That has been a question for many for a long time. The current deal on the table, in the view of the hyper-majority of those in the leave (pro-Brexit) camp, is that the deal is not Brexit.
What are the implications on Democracy in the UK, the EU, and around the world?
Imagine the impact on democratic sentiment if your vote becomes overruled by people in power or those with greater wealth and influence. This is my assessment of the current political atmosphere in the UK.
We see Democracy in decline globally. And the EU is no exception – from within and without.
Check out the full speech from Prime Minister May here.
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