“We’re vulnerable to bullshit thrown in the fan,” an eastern European diplomat said, requesting anonymity so as to speak undiplomatically.
Thanks to Germany’s central geographic location, its economic might, and the presence of millions of foreign workers sending money home, the deutsche mark – not the dollar – is king in many parts of Europe.
In November 1994, retired Air Force Col. Ron Hatchett received a mysterious phone call from a man who once supplied the Afghan Mujahadeen with 10,000 mules. The caller offered Hatchett $100,000 to spend six months advising the Bosnian government.
The three frightened Serbian Orthodox nuns steered their four-wheel drive up a steep gravel path to their isolated hilltop monastery. The sight that confronted them brought tears to their eyes.