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Shirking Its Duty
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/31/2013 5:21:09 AM

A second marriage, it is said, is the triumph of hope over experience. So is a European Union debate over defense. It is Kabuki theater, an enthralling show without practical impact. The Europeans recently issued new promises to do more than free ride on the U.S. However, if they really want to make a difference, they must devote real resources to their militaries and to take real risks in deploying their forces — which no one expects. In late December European leaders assembled in Brussels for the latest European Council meeting. (Don’t worry if you’re confused: there’s also a commission and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 12/31/2013 6:13:04 AM     (No. 9673744)

What are they going to do when the Democrats finish turning the U.S. into a European country?

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