NATO allies agree on Stoltenberg as next secretary-general: sources

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Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg laughs while listening to a question from the audience following his speech at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg laughs while listening to a question from the audience following his speech at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 25, 2013.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO countries have agreed that former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will become NATO's next leader at a time when the Western military alliance faces a new challenge in dealing with a resurgent Russia, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

"There's a consensus on his candidacy," one NATO source said.

A formal announcement that Stoltenberg will succeed current secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen later this year could be made on Friday, diplomatic sources said. NATO ambassadors must endorse the decision but that is seen as a formality.

Stoltenberg, who served for nearly 10 years in total as Norway's prime minister before losing power in elections last September, was backed by the United States, NATO's dominant power, and Germany. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that he also backed Stoltenberg.

Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister who took office in 2009, is due to step down at the end of September after a September 4-5 NATO summit in Wales which will mark almost the end of NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan.

Stoltenberg will take over at a time when NATO, seen by some as a Cold War relic, has gained new relevance because of Russia's occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

NATO foreign ministers are expected to discuss at a meeting next week how they can reinforce NATO's military presence in eastern European countries such as the Baltics and Poland which are nervous about heightened tensions with Russia.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft, additional reporting by James Mackenzie in Rome; Editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Susan Fenton)

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PeterDow wrote:
The former Norwegian Kingdom Premier Jens Stoltenberg failed to defend Norway from the terrorist Breivik’s Oslo bombing and Ut√łya shootings. Never trust the King’s men!

The current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was a former Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Denmark who has lost NATO’s war on terror & Afghanistan-Pakistani mission to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence generals who sponsored Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

Rasmussen has demonstrated that a naive, corrupt ex-Prime Minister of a Kingdom is NOT a fit and proper person to serve as NATO Secretary General.

Royalists such as Rasmussen and Stoltenberg accept imposed monarchs and military dictators, and the chaos and terrorism which comes in their wake, rather than fighting for a democratic republic, so these royalists will mislead NATO to defeat in our Afghanistan – Pakistan mission and to defeat in the war on terror.

To end the Pakistani military dictatorship which dictates military policy to sponsor Al Qaeda, Taliban and other jihadi terrorism (behind the scenes of the window dressing of an elected but relatively powerless Pakistani government) NATO must kill the traitor Pakistani generals. However, the royalist Anders Fogh Rasmussen never has ordered assassination missions against Pakistani generals and I predict that the royalist Jens Stoltenberg never will, sadly.

To win the war on terror and our Afghanistan – Pakistan mission we need leadership from a REPUBLICAN A-team comprising I propose of Condoleezza Rice and myself Peter Dow as NATO Secretary General & Supreme Allied Commander Europe – I don’t mind which of the two us does what job but Condi is really the only person I’d be happy being deputy to or taking orders from, apart from the North Atlantic Council (NAC) which is NATO’s principal political decision making body.

Obviously, as a NATO leader I would take my directions from the NAC but in terms of me being supervised by a superior officer, I don’t see anyone but Condi measuring up to that task right now.

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