Gates Delivers a Message That America’s NATO Allies Should Heed

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by D. Bruce Shine As Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield always made noise, but did not necessarily exercise good judgment. Robert M. Gates, Rumsfield’s quiet but effective successor, is going out with a smart bang-up message. Last week in Brussels, while attending his last meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers, the quiet Gates criticized the member states of his colleagues …

Haters Gonna Hate

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by Griffin W. Huschke As humans, we’re often plagued with self doubt and hesitance when it comes to big projects and unfamiliar undertakings, and it seems that international intuitions face the same problems (sorry for further anthropomorphizing the state, Dr. Kurtz, but its true!).  At this week’s American Academy in Berlin awards dinner, the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl gave a speechthat sought …

The Streit Council’s Obligatory Royal Wedding Post

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by Griffin W. Huschke Ok, I thought we were going to get out of this unscathed, but its reaching a critical mass, we really can’t ignore it anymore.  Unfortunately, we’re not talking about the protests in Syria, which the transatlantic community hasn’t done much about because, according to UK Defence Minister Liam Fox, “There are limitations to what we can do.”  No, we’re talking …

Afghanistan and the Munich Security Conference Act 2: The Chorus of the Bloggers

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by Griffin W. Huschke NOTE: Last week we discussed how Hamid Karzai was playing the two-level game in calling for the removal of Western security contractors from Afghanistan (the directional distinction is important; the Government of Afghanistan relies on a small army of local security contractors, which is evidently less problematic) and promised more on the fallout from the President’s comments …

Afghanistan and the Munich Security Conference Act 1: The Soliloquy of Hamid Karzai

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by Griffin W. Huschke The mid-2000’s were a much different time.  It was a simpler, kinder world that existed well before the advent of modern vices such as iPads, Kardashians, and the ultimate evil known as Justin Bieber’s autobiographical 3D film.  It was an innocent time, unmarred by modern trappings, when people weren’t afraid to trust each other.  Like, say, …

Breaking News from Davos: The Impossible will not Happen

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by Griffin W. Huschke A lot of people have a low opinion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for pretty good reasons, and despite all the hype, there isn’t usually a lot of new information that comes out of the meeting.  This year, however, the annual Masters of the Universe pilgrimage has yielded some especially already-well-known pieces of …

Guest Post: A Death Rattle that Explodes

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by Phil Koretz On March 22, 2006, three Basque news outlets received a peculiar DVD in the mail.  The video portrayed three hooded figures seated at a table, surrounded by Basque nationalist symbols and an ETA pennant taped to the wall behind them.  The hooded figure in the middle states in a northern Spanish lisp, that ETA had declared a …

Kosovo PM’s Abhorrent Little Secret

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by Griffin W. Huschke There’s some grizzly news released by the European Court of Human Rights yesterday.   After a two year inquiry, it seems that investigators have found evidence of an established organ-trafficking network in Kosovo which involved the country’s current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and officials from the Kosovo Liberation Army.  The operation was active mainly during the Kosovo Conflict and: …

Sorry, Darling: British MP and Transatlanticists Have a Lot to Agree On

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by Griffin W. Huschke Today Alistar Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and British MP, issued an op-ed in the New York Times describing the current plight of the Euro, and the steps necessary to check the monetary contagion spreading to the European continent.  The article is entitled “Europe’s Piecemeal Failure” and acknowledges that Europe’s financial woes are, in part, …