Musings, Thoughts & Commentaries
When I lived in Bilbao, Spain, my friend and local counterpart, Gonzalo Galan, told me that when I could read Don Quixote in Spanish and understand it I could then speak Spanish. I bought a fancy leather-bound edition of the book and read…at least the first few pages. Gonzalo, Director of Marketing, Firestone Hispania, was my main business point of contact when I lived in Spain. In the office I spoke only Spanish, helped also by my friend, Oscar Fandino from Buenos Aires, the Chief Engineer, who complicated my efforts with his unique vocabulary and accent.
My life has had some elements of fighting windmills, always on a journey to the next place, the meadow on the other side of the hill. I enjoy my personal continuing journey but fear the journey my country has embarked upon.
Our military power has no effect on the agenda of the Islamic states. Oil prices crashing will make Iran and Russia find new directions on their journeys while Americans max out their credit cards on Christmas shopping.
NATO has lost US leadership and interest to the point Putin could attack…let’s say, Latvia, and so what? Not our journey. US tanks on the Polish border pointed toward Russia?
“Pedros” who have accompanied America on our quixotic journey--like Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada and the Philippines--get few rewards while hostility has few consequences. Instead we court Turkey and Iran.
While we ride an old horse and carry a broken lance, China is rising like Japan did leading up to World War II. It took a great war to stop Japan; it will take a greater war to stop China. I do not think we will bother to fight that war.
I do not even mention here imminent jousts with North Korea and Ukraine along our Quixotic journey.
Tom Anthony is a West Point Graduate and combat veteran who spent his professional civilian career in global business all over the world. He has lived and worked in Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Iraq, Israel, and throughout Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Anthony also lived in Mindanao for seven years.
Copyright 2017 Tom Anthony.