AFP highlights a new poll showing support for the EU is flagging ahead of elections for the European Parliament.

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Russia has always had a knack for overshadowing its neighbors - and this time the West, focused on Moscow, is distracted from a crisis in Ukraine. As U.S. President Barack Obama gears up to "reset" Russia relations, Ukraine is in disarray. The country is teetering between economic collapse, Russian influence, and vague promises of Western support. It will take decisive moves from Washington to help pull Ukraine back from the edge. At the least, Obama should visit ailing Ukraine and prove that good relations with Russia don't meant forgetting the rest of the region.

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General George Casey

General George Casey, speaking tonight at the Atlantic Council, clarified his widely quoted remarks that "we’re going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan," insisting that he was not making policy but doing his job to "organize, train, and equip" the force for possible contingences. 

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Jones: North Korea Nukes

National Security Advisor Jim Jones declared in a speech to the Atlantic Council that the recent testing of a nuclear device and firing of Taepodong missiles by North Korea "are not an imminent threat" to the United States or the regions because "they have a long way to go" in perfecting the technology to weaponize their nukes. 

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Jim Jones Atlantic Council Speech

In recent weeks, former Vice President Dick Cheney has repeatedly proclaimed that changes in U.S. national security policy ordered by President Obama have made the country less safe.  In a speech at the Atlantic Council that was his first domestic address, Obama's national security advisor, General Jim Jones, said the opposite is true

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There is an all-too-common practice in Washington punditry of attributing strategic intentions to other countries without any apparent evidence.  A recent example is the column by Dan Blumenthal and Robert Kagan in the Washington Post, “What to Do About North Korea.”  

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As you are reading these lines, the NATO-sponsored Cooperative Longbow 09 – Cooperative Lancer 09 exercises are underway in Georgia. Although they were announced several months ago, are in their fourth iteration, and will be restricted to training peacekeepers, they have already provoked much controversy.   Moscow’s demand that the exercises in a country until recently engaged in a full-fledged military confrontation with Russia caused some participating countries at last minute decided not to send their forces.

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Last Thursday's face-off between President Barack Obama speaking at the National Archives and former Vice President Dick Cheney shortly thereafter at the American Enterprise Institute brilliantly exposed what is arguably the greatest threat to the nation. Yet, understandably, no one took notice.

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Over what, for Americans, was a long holiday weekend, North Korea tested another nuclear device and followed that up by firing two more short-range ballistic missiles, moves sure to heighten fear among its neighbors and further isolate the regime.   The question most observers are asking is Why now?

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On a popular image showing the Earth at night, there is an expanse appearing to be an open sea or icy desert. This is North Korea: a dark spot between the bright city lights of Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea. It is in this darkness that a second test of a nuclear weapon was recently carried out, causing world-wide outrage.

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