Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Transatlantic Relations

Charlemagne links to a fascinating paper on the future of transatlantic relations in a post-American world.

He liked this quote on European involvement in Afghanistan:
Caught between the Scylla of domestic politics and the Charybdis of their American ally, most of them temporised and offered half-measures.

My first thought: how many people will comprehend the Scylla-Charybdis allusion? My second thought: Remember to use the Scylla-Charybdis allusion.

I, however, found this quote tremendously informative:
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates only agreed to attend the 2009 NATO summit if he was provided with a sufficient supply of crossword puzzles to see him through it.

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