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NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO: MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS

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Offhand, it’s hard to imagine a less propitious time and place for a NATO summit than the present gathering in Chicago.   From the start, of course, the event has been designed as an election boost for President Obama.   Why else Chicago, halfway through a presidential campaign?   Nobody who hasn’t observed this at close hand can comprehend the complexity and cost of setting up secure accommodations and communications for participants at summits like this. (Chicago was expecting 5000 delegates and their staffs, along with 2000 media.) 
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IN THE LONG RUN, WILL EUROPE BE GRATEFUL TO GREECE?

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JPaulHorne3nov11bxEurope must be grateful to Greece for dramatizing: how the Euro is fundamentally flawed; how the Euro’s failure could cause a financial-economic disaster; and how European Union (EU) leaders must, despite all their differences and electoral setbacks, cooperate to avoid a Greek tragedy.

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