"Then came the war, old sport. It was a great relief and I tried very hard to die but I seemed to bear an enchanted life. I accepted a commission as first lieutenant when it began. In the Argonne Forest I took two machine-gun detachments so far forward that there was a half mile gap on either side of us where the infantry couldn't advance. We stayed there two days and two nights, a hundred and thirty men with sixteen Lewis guns, and when the infantry came up at last they found the insignia of three German divisions among the piles of dead. I was promoted to be a major and every Allied government gave me a decoration--even Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!" Little Montenegro! He lifted up the words and nodded at them--with his smile. The smile comprehended Montenegro's troubled history and sympathized with the brave struggles of the Montenegrin people. It appreciated fully the chain of national circumstances which had elicited this tribute from Montenegro's warm little heart. My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines. He reached in his pocket and a piece of metal, slung on a ribbon, fell into my palm. "That's the one from Montenegro." To my astonishment, the thing had an authentic look. _Orderi di Danilo_, ran the circular legend, _Montenegro, Nicolas Rex_. "Turn it." _Major Jay Gatsby_, I read, _For Valour Extraordinary_.
Donald Trump spent much of last week’s two-day NATO summitantagonizing U.S. allies over their defense contributions, only to declare in its final days that “the United States commitment to NATO is very strong”—a pivot that one attendee described to me as leaving European leaders “traumatized” and with a “little P.T.S.D.” Coming from a notoriously unpredictable president with a history of questioning his country’s core alliances, the flip-flop was more than enough to unnerve fellow NATO members. And now, just a week later, the president has again given them cause for concern: during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, Trump suggested that he would not be pleased if he had to defend “tiny” Montenegro in response to a question from the Fox News host, fanning existing concerns that he would not respect Article 5 of the NATO charter, the principle that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all.
“Membership in NATO obligates the members to defend any other member that’s attacked,” Carlson said to Trump. “So let’s say Montenegro, which joined last year, is attacked. Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” In response, Trump told Carlson that he understood his concerns. “I’ve asked the same question. Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people,” the president said. “They’re very aggressive people. They may get aggressive, and congratulations you’re in World War III.”
I’ve come across some very interesting evidence that the amount and quality of kompromat Russian security services gathered on Trump in 2013 is both very extensive and shockingly extreme. This very same evidence is in the hands of Congress, which means effectively that for now it’s in the hands of the GOP, which means it’s for all practical purposes it’s still inside Moscow Centre.
This would certainly help explain a lot of recent developments.