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NATO Stoltenberg Should Resign

by Oui Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 11:20:38 AM EST

I'm seething mad! See below ...

US Navy On Patrol South China Sea

Securing our borders and guaranteeing no more unprovoked attacks on our neighbours in the region.

Pentagon releases video of incident

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Crazy Talk by Jens @NATO

Linking Utøya extremist rightwing attack with Putin is a call of desperation, beyond stupidity ... disinformation at its worst.

Designing his attacks as a "marketing operation," the perpetrator, a 32-year-old white supremacist named Anders Behring Breivik, also released a 1,518-page manifesto, which laid out his motivations and preparation.1 The target of his vitriol was the Norwegian liberal class. "The biggest threat to Europe is the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist political doctrine of `extreme egalitarian emotionalism,'" he wrote. "The Islamisation of Europe is merely a `secondary infection'. Western Europe has grown weak and decadent and will be completely annihilated culturally unless we succeed to implement a second European renaissance and reverse the damage done."

Norway PM Jonas Gahr Støre commemorate victims of Utøya terrorist attacks by a white supremacist

In a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 22 July 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the resilience of the Norwegian people and the strength of democracy on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

“Our democratic values prevailed” and “terrorism failed,”the Secretary General said. “There is a line between Utøya and Ukraine,” he said, “between a brutal act of terrorism and an illegal war of aggression.” The values of democracy, freedom, and diversity of thought, opinion and belief, which were attacked then are the ones attacked now, the Secretary General stressed. “We will not let authoritarian states break down the rules-based international order. We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes. And we will not let terrorists crush our free and open societies. We will stand united to protect our values and our people,” he added.

Mr. Stoltenberg was Prime Minister during the deadly terrorist attacks, which killed 77 people at government headquarters in Oslo and at a Labour youth camp on the island of Utøya on 22 July 2011.

Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Størex, the leader of the support group for the victims, Lisbeth Røneland, and NATO Foreign Ministers attended the ceremony.

The event preceded an informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers and invitee Sweden which will take place on Thursday (1 June). The meeting will address key issues to help prepare for the Vilnius Summit on 11-12 July, including NATO’s enduring support for Ukraine.

Breivik's Long Shadow? The Impact of the July 22, 2011 Attacks
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UN Charter, Sovereignty, borders ... living in peace with neighbours


NATO's intervention in Kosovo in 1999, without a mandate from the UN Security Council, is echoed by NATO not only in Serbia, but also in China and Russia, @robdewijk said in conversation with journalist @MarjoleinCK and @ajboekestijn

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 06:06:08 PM EST
Speech by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the conference of the Heads of German Missions in the EU member states and of the Permanent Representation to the EU | 21.04.2023 |

After the peaceful revolution of 1989 in the GDR and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, people wanted membership of the European Union and NATO because they wanted to be free.

And I would like to remind you that it was people in Central and Eastern Europe who were the first to rise up against dictatorship and tyranny, thus laying the foundation for German reunification and for a free, united Europe.

As I said when I was in our neighbouring country Poland, in Warsaw on 3 October, we should therefore always remember that, of course, the accession of ten Central and Eastern European countries to the EU on 1 May 2004 would have been inconceivable without German reunifications on 3 October 1990.

However, 3 October 1990 is inextricably linked to 1 May 2004. For a reunited Germany belongs in a united, free Europe - together with its eastern neighbours. We should think of this when we see the immense appeal that the European Union once more has for millions of people in Europe. We're again experiencing a historic moment when our generation can resolve to further develop the European Union as our community of freedom.

For we Europeans are facing a turbulent world in which this freedom clearly cannot be taken for granted. Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe. Autocratic states are undermining international law and using their economic clout to push through political goals.


At the same time, Spain will use its special expertise to ensure that we strengthen our partnerships beyond Europe - in our southern neighbourhood, in Latin America and, in particular, in the spheres of climate action and the energy transition.

José Manuel, we said again today that if you need support then you can rely on us in the coming months, that we will be there by your side.

I know that José Manuel and I agree on three further points:

First of all, the European Union can only succeed as a community of freedom in the world if it acts together with the United States. European sovereignty and transatlantic partnership are two sides of the same coin.

That is particularly clear in light of the accession to NATO of our partners Finland - and hopefully Sweden soon. Their accession will bolster our shared freedom on both sides of the Atlantic.

Secondly, the European Union can only be effective vis-à-vis a player such as China if it presents a united front to Beijing. Only by working together can we reduce risks and one-sided economic dependencies through de-risking.

Such a concerted European approach to China as a partner, competitor and systemic rival will also form the core of Germany's new strategy on China, which we're drafting at present.

Thirdly, José Manuel and I agree that the European Union can only be credible in the world if it also treats freedom at home as a precious asset - each and every day. I therefore want to state very clearly that we will take even more decisive action in future whenever democracy and the rule of law are undermined in our Union.

We can have impassioned debates in the European Union about subsidiarity, directives and regulations, the distribution of competences between Brussels and national capitals.

What is not up for discussion, however, is that free societies are our community's DNA: the independence of judges, the freedom of journalists and the dignity of each individual.

The European Union unites democracies which are rightly proud of their very different cultures and histories. This diversity makes us strong. And that's why diversity is part of our daily reality in the European Union.

However, our national and cultural autonomy must not be used to justify undermining the fundamental rights of minorities, the fundamental rights of women or LGBTIQ people.

Every member state must guarantee its citizens these fundamental rights. After all, it's these rights that make our European Union a community of freedom, also of individual freedom.

Beginning in the early 1970s, the Soviet regime proclaimed a policy of détente and sought increased economic cooperation and disarmament negotiations with the West.

See also the key role of German SPD leader Willy Brandt. Is Baerbock somewhat of a programmed fool with little historical perspectives and facts? That explains a lot how see acts and performs in her role. The Fall of the Berlin Wall isn't event that fell from a clear blue sky ... people worked over many years to make it happen ... courageous leaders Europe are lacking in a new generation of politicians.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 07:49:23 PM EST
Frederiksen feminist foreign policy candidate interview, 5 June Round 2
Biden's separate meetings with the leaders of two key NATO allies -- he'll huddle with Denmark's Mette Frederiksen on Monday and the UK's Rishi Sunak on Thursday -- come at a crucial period in the 15-month war as Ukraine readies to launch a counteroffensive.
"One of the things we'll be looking for their perspectives on and the President will be interested in sharing his perspectives on is the long term security needs of Ukraine," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. "And that's really where the F-16s kind of come into this discussion."

Denmark has purchased dozens of American-made F-16s since the 1970s and has indicated it is open to the possibility of providing Ukraine with some. Britain strongly advocated for a coalition to supply Ukraine with fighter planes, and says it will support Ukraine getting the F-16s it wants. But the U.K. does not have any F-16s, and has ruled out sending Royal Air Force Typhoon jets.

Round 1
Last week, Frederiksen and Sunak were among 45 European leaders who traveled to Moldova for the first second summit of the European Political Community [EPC] where they underscored support for Eastern Europe's ambitions to draw closer to the West and keep Moscow at bay.
Round 3
Biden is also expected to discuss with Frederiksen and Rishi [samm.dsca elevator pitches] for next month's NATO summit in Lithuania that comes amid growing pressure on the alliance from Zelensk* on NATO to offer Ukraine concrete security guarantees and a defined path for Kyiv to eventually win membership into the group.
archived A New Wartime NATO Chief In July?, Munich Security Conference 2023, July Mink Comish Climax
by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 08:14:34 PM EST
Social Democrats openly discuss replacement for Danish PM, 9 June
"Several local Social Democratic leaders have expressed views on who they would like to see as Denmark's potential future leader on Thursday while Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen continues to dispel rumours that she is being considered for the NATO ..."

whitehouse | Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Frederiksen of Denmark, 5 June: NATO efforts
whitehouse | Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference, 8 June: Quebec on fire and "our national security"

by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:28:03 PM EST
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Who Should Be NATO's Next Secretary General? | Defense One |

Insiders may prefer Ben Wallace as there are no moderate voices within 31 NATO member states.

Opinion Sputnik

Canadian Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland also has been named. Personally for me, Dutch PM Mark Rutte is the dark horse.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:04:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 08:41:21 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 09:59:27 PM EST
Blinken's Battle Hymn | by Seymour Hersh |

Biden's favorite hawk calls for no end to the bloodshed in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in a June 2 speech in Helsinki welcomed Finland as NATO's newest member state. A career hawk when it comes to Russia, he outdid himself in the fierceness of his commitment to the Ukraine war. Once again he was dismissive of any talk of a ceasefire--something desperately needed by an increasingly besieged Ukrainian army and citizenry.

"Now, over the coming weeks and months," Blinken explained, "some countries will call for a ceasefire. And on the surface, that sounds sensible--attractive, even. After all, who doesn't want warring parties to lay down their arms? Who doesn't want the killing to stop? But a ceasefire that simply freezes current lines in place and enables Putin to consolidate control over the territory he's seized, and then rest, re-arm, and re-attack--that is not a just and lasting peace. It's a Potemkin peace. It would legitimize Russia's land grab. It would reward the aggressor and punish the victim."

Does America's secretary of State not know--or want to know--the historical importance and success of international peace-keeping forces? Is he not aware of the work done by the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, controversial as he may have been? In 1995 he negotiated an end to the murderous ethnic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina among Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. Their hatred for each other was as intense as the feelings now simmering among the citizenry and military in Ukraine for their Russian adversaries.

Blinken concluded his speech: "when a free people like the Ukrainians have at their backs the support of free nations around the world--nations who recognize their fates and freedom--their rights and security are inextricably bound together, the force they possess is not merely immense. It is unstoppable."

His real message might be put more bluntly:

    I hate the Russians and let the blood flow. ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 02:57:01 PM EST

Earlier diary ...

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Burning candles late at night in the Oval Office ... blatant violation of the spirit of the Monroe doctrine.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 08:17:01 PM EST
Biden and British PM Sunak offer "unwavering" support to Ukraine | CBS News |

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby would not comment on whether Biden would ask Stoltenberg to extend again, but praised the former Norwegian prime minister for doing a "superb job" heading the alliance.

Last week, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the case for U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace directly to Biden. The Democratic president also met with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, another potential contender.

Asked about the NATO job at a news conference with Sunak by his side, Biden called Wallace "very qualified" but noted that the conversation among NATO leaders to find a "consensus" pick to replace Stoltenberg was ongoing. Biden's opinion carries enormous weight as the U.S. spends more than any other member in the alliance on defense.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) is also considereda candidate

Excellent scoop for NATO ... diversification, glass ceiling, excellent PR for a face of less aggression ... 🤥 🤥 🤥

Confrontation for Brussels, Old Europe is leading ... more Russophobia.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 12:54:56 PM EST
You're up, Joe: Europe awaits Biden's nod on next NATO chief | Politico |

For months now, Europe has been locked in an endless parlor game over who might replace Stoltenberg, who is slated to leave his already-extended term in September after nearly 10 years at the helm.

Candidates have risen, fallen and risen again, while some desired successors have repeatedly proclaimed themselves not interested. Diplomats at NATO headquarters in Brussels will put forth one theory, only to offer a different one in the next sentence.

Throughout it all, the U.S. has stayed noticeably mum on the subject, merely indicating President Joe Biden hasn't settled on a candidate and effusively praising Stoltenberg's work. Yet Biden can't sit on the fence forever. While the NATO chief is technically chosen by consensus, the White House's endorsement carries heavy weight.

The foot-dragging has left NATO in limbo: while some members say it's high time for a fresh face, the NATO job -- traditionally reserved for a European -- has become highly sensitive. There are few senior European leaders who are both available and can win the backing of all 31 alliance members for the high-profile post. 

The result is that all eyes have turned to Washington as the clock ticks down to NATO's annual summit in July -- a sort of deadline for the alliance to make a decision on its next (or extended) leader. 

"I would not be 100 percent sure that the list is closed," said one senior diplomat from Central Europe, who like others was granted anonymity to discuss alliance dynamics. "There might be," the diplomat added, "a last-minute extension initiative."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 12:55:47 PM EST
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Sweden must fulfil anti-terrorism duty under deal for NATO bid: Erdogan | TRT World |

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Türkiye cannot readily approve Sweden's NATO membership at Vilnius summit next month unless it fulfils its duty under memorandum.

Did Erdogan add Fethullah Gülen extradition to the demands package?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 01:27:12 PM EST

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