It has been unofficially admitted through journalists that France knew something at least since June and had queried the US and Australia about it. That's partly the reason for the rhetoric though, because instead of admitting to it, even partially, they blatantly lied about it, said the Attack cont...Jump to post
Not really I know a Mechanic named Scotty Kilmer who you do not want to see in a bikini and he makes much more than they do. I have fun watching his videos even if very little applies to my life since most of the cars mentioned aren't sold here, the engines aren't the same, the transmissions either...Jump to post
What kind of aircraft are you talking about ? LBG is only used by private aircraft (and official ones occasionally) not scheduled carriers. Vatry is mostly for cargo, it's nowhere near Paris, it's half way towards Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium. BVA is Ryanair and a couple other low costs. Paris' actual...Jump to post
How about this one ? https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/tx5717 PPT-PTP-ORY Flight chartered to evacuate 8 ventilated COVID patients, with 37 medical staff and 2 tons of medical hardware over 16000Km, a record. The PTP stop was not needed for fuelling reasons but to replace 18 oxygen cylinder...Jump to post
For a long time he had a lot of support despite already employing such tactics. It's easy for example to be popular if you don't allow free journalism, imprison or kill opponents, etc., and with the economy doing OK. Now the economy isn't doing OK, and many finally open their eyes. They might also r...Jump to post
He had to ban his main opponents from running, stuff ballots on a massive scale, employ all kinds of fraudulent tactics, to only get "nearly 50%" of the vote...
I think going nuclear is not just a technical change, so it's possible that France wouldn't provide the capability in one context, but would in another. For example if that was the tender, and the US and UK were also offering it, or were OK with it. From my understanding the US and UK had never cons...Jump to post
I don't know, I've read about one ethanol/oxygen based system that isn't about producing electricity, but burns the ethanol with compressed oxygen, making vapor to run a turbine. Also about "brown water/blue water", one thing the Australian wanted during the Attack program was the ability ...Jump to post
What I don't get is why the Attack-class didn't have an air-independent propulsion system, when this is well developed technology, that France offers on the Scorpène-class. Maybe because of the size of the boat, too big ? JayinKitsap : are you willing to bet that whatever Australia will get will be ...Jump to post
2. Yes, Europe should provide for their own defense. That's what we've been saying for years. Yet, they keep acting like the 2% level is the goal (several years away), when it's really the minimum. But the US has done everything it could to prevent this from happening. If we are going to spend more...Jump to post
Here in France we get a small paper card in the mail, every few years, that lasts for a number of elections. In small villages it's enough to vote as it's assumed "everyone knows everyone", however for cities you need a photo ID to go with it : National ID card, passport, driver's license....Jump to post
Let's say that we're upset enough about it, that we make shows of contrition and remorse, that are immediately used by our enemies. The Taliban sure, but even Russia does it. Meanwhile Russia drops bombs indiscriminately in Syria without blinking.Jump to post
The first step for this government to government planning is for each country to remove ego and accept their position in terms of what they can and can't do. Australia has taken this step perfectly asking for help. I've seen nowhere where they admitted they couldn't build subs, do you have a source...Jump to post
To me it's similar to wanting to be some kind of artist. Get your kids to get a useful degree first, if possible. I actually have a cousin who is a professional Fortnite player in the US, hired by a team etc. just like a pro athlete. Not sure how long it will last, but at least he has a degree.Jump to post
I don't think that's it, simple farmers were still plentiful. But used to an organized, centralized, civilized society, yes. When the war was over, it was over. There was not thousands of nazis conducting guerilla warfare for years, or same with Japanese soldiers (well, there were a few of those, ac...Jump to post
A B739 taking USC football up to Washington State had a tail tip incident with people still onboard. Reg: N78448 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E_h5wclVIAAtmxC?format=jpg&name=900x900 https://twitter.com/DSJR1/status/1439033962853109765?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E14390339...Jump to post
These are youtubers not influencers. Influencers are mostly on social networks, and more specifically Instagram and Tik Tok. They also exist on other platforms or are multiplatforms, but the stereotypical influencer is a bimbo posting selfies of herself in various stages of undress, at various locat...Jump to post
Maybe because the French-Australian subs had plenty of US content so they were involved already ?
Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...).
Afghanistan is bankrupt and begging for money to buy food, how would they afford Chinese support/aircraft ? And to do what ?Jump to post
That last point is why I think France wouldn't have been interested in the alliance even if offered. We happily share intelligence with allies, but this is a manual process, not letting the US run our intelligence and spy on our people. We have our own assets, our own satellites, our own people on t...Jump to post
The French should have seen this coming; there were signals from Australia indicating that they wanted out of the deal since at least June: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/defence-department-considering-a-plan-b-to-french-subs-senate-estimates-told/news-story/778969b5d3f1c5498e62bf0c...Jump to post
That's the issue when you're not fighting a just war, and by that I mean you're not fighting for your people and your territory. The Talibans were, even if they might not be popular amongst many people over there, and might have trouble holding to power. If we think we were on the good side of that ...Jump to post
This could have been handled much better by the US and especially Australia. France has every right to be angry. France also is a major player in the Indo Pacific area and it would be wise of the US and Australia to have good relations with France . This was not helpful. I think from France's POV t...Jump to post
In America, the States have most of the power. The feds are supposed to be limited in what they have jurisdiction over. Of course the feds have slowly chipped away at what power States have left, but that what is supposed to be. You can't wage a major war if you need to ask permission for every mov...Jump to post
Yes, Grande Terre in New Caledonia is about half the size of Taiwan...
From what I can find Australia didn't want nuclear subs, they wanted to keep their options open for when it would be politically palatable, so the Barracuda order allowed them to change their mind on that later.
A lot of talk about the ‘stab in the back’, but this project has been on a downward spiral for some time. And that’s not even including issues over the French insistence on taking their full 1hr lunch break. The price has rocketed from $40b to $50b, then $90b and is expected to be more. The entry d...Jump to post
I feel that France is really over-reacting. "Drama queen" kinda stuff. And dragging on the USA for it? Any problem is completely between France and Australia. And with their "agreement" being 5 years along and Australia doing this, something tells me the agreement wasn't as agre...Jump to post
At least people have stopped trying to associate these actions with a coup, though I did see one pundit on the right continuing to use ‘junta’ yesterday on Twitter. It’s like these people have never seen news from overseas before - or opened a dictionary. Also, the military taking over is usually s...Jump to post
Except the contract was won 5 years ago ! There are hundreds of Australians (with families) working on it in France, plenty of French people in Australia too.Jump to post
In the meantime the US is asking its European allies to come to the Western Pacific to do "freedom of navigation" stuff. Acting like this towards the only one aside from the UK which has nuclear subs, nuclear ballistic missiles, and a carrier group, doesn't seem like a good way to get that.Jump to post
There is no plan to develop any kind of nuclear industry so it doesn't seem to be the goal. France would of course be willing to help otherwise, we sold nuclear reactors to China after all.Jump to post
Yes that's my point. Not France leaving NATO, but pushing very hard for the EU to become less dependent on it, buying less US tech etc. Lets talk about the deal they had with the french: "The total cost of the program, which includes the production of 12 submarines, has also risen from $40 bill...Jump to post
‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/sep/16/stab-in-the-back-france-accuses-us-of-sinking-australia-submarine-deal-video There is a discussion in the military forum about what the Australians will buy etc., but I think...Jump to post
The French have no right to be. French support to previous Australian defense programs was abysmal; multiple Australian governments had publicly cajoled the French into action, but its taken decades and millions of dollars for mature helo programs like Tiger to get to FOC, and there were plenty of ...Jump to post
I think this thread is going to be locked soon. My last comment: I think that many here are blinded by their hatred for Trump and THEREFORE condone the action of Milley. Had Milley done his deed last week under Biden, I bet that we would have had a completely different discussion. It's not hatred. ...Jump to post
At the end of the day the moderate democrats still supported Newsom. If they stepped up and supported Faulconer who fits the bill for the fair taxation and the other things you listed above. Elder never would have that type of lead. It's clear even the moderate republicans or democrats are not want...Jump to post
End Of Sale is also common.Jump to post
You're fortunate many in the GOP (and not just the voters) aren't that smart or they would control all branches of government and most states indefinitely.Jump to post
To me the simple fact they mention "450 islands" means this isn't a serious project. How many of these islands are inhabited ? I'm sure some of them are even protected and you aren't allowed to step a foot on them.Jump to post
DIRECTFLT wrote:Aaron747 wrote:There are some absolute nutcases backing Elder. Who let the dogs out on this evangelical?
https://twitter.com/ronfilipkowski/stat ... 58083?s=21
Their are nut cases that back Newsom. What's you Point???
How are they unsustainable? The planet is 75%+ water surface. We use Energy in all aspects of our daily lives, and Energy sources are renewable. We train great minds for solutions, and this is a problem that has solutions that are sustainable. The proof is in the pudding. Currently US farmers are n...Jump to post