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Geopolitical Journey: Nostalgia for NATO

rgarrett24 Wrote: May 08, 2013 10:14 AM
Reportedly a commander in a nuclear missile unit offered the first firing platoon to launch a round in combat a three-day pass (I was an enlisted journalist not a missile crewman but I was assigned to a nuclear unit). My thought at the time was "where would someone spend a three-day pass after a nuclear exchange?"

Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles on a journey in Europe. It was intended both to be personal and to go beyond recent events or the abstract considerations of geopolitics. This week I begin another journey that will take me from Portugal to Singapore, and I thought that I would try my hand again at reflecting on the significance of my travels.

As I prepare for my journey, I am drawn to a central question regarding the U.S.-European relationship, or what remains of it. Having been in Europe at a time when that relationship meant everything...