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Former NATO chief Rasmussen wants US ‘to police the world’

On May 10, in Austin, Texas, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general North Atlantic Treaty Organization meets with Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, the adjutant general of Texas, and military personnel from the Texas Military Forces. Rasmussen visited with the military members to take questions about the Alliance’s crucial role in global security and how NATO will defend freedom in the 21st century.

Former NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on the US to act as the world’s policeman to “counter autocrats like President [Vladimir] Putin.” He made the comments in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.

In his opinion, only the US has the “credibility”to be a “policeman to restore order, a firefighter to put out the flames of conflict, and a kind of mayor, smart and sensible, to lead the rebuilding.”

Central to his desire to have a strong America is his belief in the necessity to counteract President Putin, who he called an “autocrat,”while adding that “Russia is obsessed with rebuilding the empire the Soviet Union lost.”


“The world needs such a policeman if freedom and prosperity are to prevail against the forces of oppression, and the only capable, reliable and desirable candidate for the position is the United States,”the former NATO secretary general wrote in his editorial.

He also praised the US for its “leadership of the international rules-based order—which was created after World War II and which secured for the world an unprecedented period of peace, progress and prosperity.” 


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