Yesterday a deal was announced between Australia, the US, and Britain, which will supply Australia with nuclear powered, nuclear weapon capable submarines. New Zealand was not invited to join this deal, and would not have joined, if asked. A local leftwing blog had this comment from one contributor. "Hard not to see the British involvement in all this as the hubris of boomer imperial nostalgia and their politics of gerontocracy (see this as evidence for the prosecution – https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/imperial-measures-uk-return_uk_61439407e4b07ad8c8dd2c6a ). The UK currently has an aircraft carrier parading about Asia while they make noises about a return to the China Station and a presence east of Suez. There seems little concept in the UK about how offensive the optics of this might be to the Chinese for whom their century of humiliation is as fresh in their memory as yesterday while militarily it shows a wilful act of forgetting of the lessons of the the painful catastrophes of 1942 when Japan ended the illusions of the British Empire in the humiliation of crushing defeat in Malaya. It also just reinforces how much an ancillary of the United States the UK is these days – the carrier has mostly operated US Marine Corps F-35B aircraft and the British wouldn't dare risk a carrier anywhere near China without American support. The hubris of the British is mind boggling, and while the British are trying to carve out a post-Brexit place for their brand of Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism the wider meta (including the French anger) is it illustrates nicely the struggle with reality the Europeans have in general when confronted by evidence of the pivot of the centre of world power from Europe to North Asia and the loss of their accustomed place at the top of American considerations – this piece today in the Guardian is telling in it's expression of largely impotent European fury at the US failure to give their concerns precedence in a whole number of places: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ing-france-and-eu-that-biden-not-all-he-seems The Europeans had better get used to paying their own way in defense, the Americans have sensed tomorrows world will be made in a dynamic Asia, not a moribund Europe. Germany, the fourth largest economy in the world, only having a few dozen operational jet fighters is a nonsense that cannot continue. Anyway, given the track record of the Australian defense industry there is no guarantee these submarines will ever even materialise from Adelaide. More likely, the Aussies will end up leasing some of the newer 688i boats before sometime in the next twenty years just buying Virginia class submarines, if they whole thing isn’t cancelled as the hopeless financial over-reach of an aspirational middle power."