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Well, therefore the actual old Europe policy is, to posture somewhat for Georgia in the hope this will be enough to please eastern Europe without pissing off the Russia too much and keeping institutions like NATO alive,  but responding very halfheartedly to troop demands from NATO.

So given your comment is right, the policy done by current old Europe's leaders maybe even the best we can get at all, and all the talk about dividing more agressive from the US is not doable in the real world..., because a functioning EU would be priority #1 on my list.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 18th, 2008 at 09:58:34 PM EST
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I  agree. The way I see it the present uneasy balancing act has the best cost/benefit ratio for the Western European powers. The kind of radical changes Jerome and most others call for here are a very high risk strategy - one that may have benefits from a certain perspective, but Jerome does not seem to be at all cognizant of the dangers it entails for the Western Europeans.
by MarekNYC on Mon Aug 18th, 2008 at 11:33:50 PM EST
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