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Nothing about NATO here. How come?

I wrote nothing about the recent NATO summit — and not a single reader asked how come. That’s interesting because clearly the readers of this blog are interested in national security issues. I suspect that you, like me, just found the whole thing boring. In fact, the main thing that interests me about Europe right ...

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I wrote nothing about the recent NATO summit -- and not a single reader asked how come. That's interesting because clearly the readers of this blog are interested in national security issues.

I suspect that you, like me, just found the whole thing boring. In fact, the main thing that interests me about Europe right now is its economic crisis, not its security pretenses.

That said, I still believe what one sage once told me about the purpose of NATO: "They keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

I wrote nothing about the recent NATO summit — and not a single reader asked how come. That’s interesting because clearly the readers of this blog are interested in national security issues.

I suspect that you, like me, just found the whole thing boring. In fact, the main thing that interests me about Europe right now is its economic crisis, not its security pretenses.

That said, I still believe what one sage once told me about the purpose of NATO: "They keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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