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    Just adds one more country to the list of 40 or so to which Trump hasn't yet bothered to send an Ambassador.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Nope, but Putin has to get through quite a few countries protected by glorious EU forces before being invited to review the white flags in Paris. And then he'll have a rather irritated Britain to contend with.
    Yes, but that's not my point. The point is, just because he's stopped at Crimea doesn't mean he hasn't got his eye on some other neighbouring territory - and NATO deployments are a good deterrent.

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    Maybe just a little bit of Ukraine when Merkel's back is turned..no one will notice

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    And then reemerged when Putin invaded and annexed part of the sovereign state of Ukraine.
    At least Putin comprehends the valued concept of minding one's own "household" business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Just adds one more country to the list of 40 or so to which Trump hasn't yet bothered to send an Ambassador.
    Ambassadors are traditionally appointed on the basis of a formal invitation made by a host nation.
    In recent years, and most recently (in particular), a number of nations have begun to quietly distance themselves, from both the U.S. & U.K. I wonder if that > < behavior pattern could be the reason why?
    Last edited by TuskegeeBen; 03-07-2018 at 08:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    a number of nations have begun to quietly to distance themselves, from both the U.S. & U.K. I wonder why that is?
    ...because you just made it up, I imagine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...because you just made it up, I imagine...
    ^ https://youtu.be/g0_FvK51wOQ ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Merkel won't like the thought of having to defend herself, though even without American troops it's difficult to see Russian tanks plough across Poland to reach Ku'damm. Anyway, soon Europe will have the prestige of its own army to bleed the coffers dry, so who needs NATO.
    Please help me Putin......



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    Goldilocks will unveil his cunning plan to match and GREATLY BIGUP, anything the upstarts can provide.

    Saviour of the civilised world I hear him being called in so many world capitals and expensive hotel bedrooms.

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    doesn't mean he hasn't got his eye on some other neighbouring territory
    I kinda think THE LORD has no need for the Eastern Europe dross and already has Western Europe paying their tribute every time they make a cup of coffee, watch TV and take a hot shower.
    Last edited by OhOh; 04-07-2018 at 01:25 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I kinda think
    No, you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Just adds one more country to the list of 40 or so to which Trump hasn't yet bothered to send an Ambassador.
    Doubt folks are knocking down his door to apply. No way any sane competent diplomat would consider working in his administration.

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    ^Not career types, but many, many Ambassadors are/were political appointees favored with a post in return for cash or political favors; sure Trump has many of that type of sycophant hanging around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    many Ambassadors are/were political appointees favored with a post in return for cash or political favors
    Oh yes lots of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    many Ambassadors are/were political appointees favored with a post in return for cash or political favors
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    Oh yes lots of those.
    A long history of that...one of the most infamous examples:


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