I intended to steal a few quotes from this David Broooks article (Hat tip Heike Schütte) in the New York Times, but the whole piece is so excellent I decided to present it in full.
Brooks presents his views on the Munich trans-Atlantic security conference. Don't miss the parts addressing German foreign minister Joschka Fischer's "soaring, stratospheric mode declaring that we need the "creation of a grand design, a strategic consensus across the Atlantic." We need a "social Magna Carta" to bind the globe." I guess if we had to name the "empty suit of the month", Joschka Fischer would run unchallenged.
Back From Battle
By David Brooks
Published: February 15, 2005
his was going to be a column exclusively about a trans-Atlantic security conference that took place in Munich last weekend. But on the way back, the U.S. delegation stopped for refueling at Shannon Airport in Ireland.
A bunch of us were milling about in the airport bar, holding little Irish coffees, when hundreds of marines started flooding into the terminal. This was their first chance at a beer after eight months of mayhem in the Sunni Triangle. They streamed in looking