That Continental Army

O'Sullivan, John
March 2002
National Review;3/25/2002, Vol. 54 Issue 5, p26
This article focuses on the efforts of the European Union to persuade British troops to join its Rapid Reaction Force (ERRF) in Macedonia to replace the present mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Macedonia. The Defense Ministry of Great Britain has already criticized the mission and the British participation. The British Foreign Office (FO) argues Great Britain is invariably isolated on important matters of the EU. The FO generally advises that Great Britain should mount a brief resistance and then isolate from the matter. This generally happens. The Defense Ministry's arguments were more realistic. It warned that the situation in Macedonia is most likely to deteriorate and there is a risk in sending troops there. The underlying problem is that while the ERRF needs military help and the European nations want to maintain low defense expenditures.


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