Donald Rumsfeld - quotes

Donald Rumsfeld US secretary of defence on Republic of Macedonia, Wall Street Journal:

Greece has threatened to issue a sole veto over Macedonia's entry because Macedonia refuses to change its country name. The future of the trans-Atlantic alliance and its credibility as the pre-eminent political and military instrument of the world's democracies are too important to be constrained by narrow disputes over semantics or to intimidation tactics more befitting the last century.

A larger, reinvigorated alliance, with three new members and two potential members, would augment NATO with countries that have a proven track record of not only recognizing today's challenges but also of consistently contributing to the alliance's efforts to promote and protect its interests. Expansion would bring operational expertise and a spirit of cooperation to an alliance in need of both.

Source: Say Macedonia

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