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2020-07-28 Europe
Trump picks antiwar favorite Douglas Macgregor to be German ambassador
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Posted by JohnQC 2020-07-28 08:16|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336077 views ]  Top

#1 Oh I recognize him! He was a Major during that fight.

Good choice from what I know of him.
Posted by DarthVader 2020-07-28 09:41||   2020-07-28 09:41|| Front Page Top

#2 As ambassador, he would oversee Trump’s plan to slash the substantial US troop presence enrich the EU 'snag and tag' intel operations network in Germany.
Posted by Skidmark 2020-07-28 12:15||   2020-07-28 12:15|| Front Page Top

#3 There are only between 34,000 and 35,000 US soldiers permanently stationed in Germany, not 52,000.
Posted by European Conservative 2020-07-28 19:53||   2020-07-28 19:53|| Front Page Top

#4 Hard to believe sometimes that there were over 200,000 US troops in Germany (and not counting family members) barely 30 years ago. In someways that seems like a long time ago, in other ways, it doesn't.
Posted by Clem 2020-07-28 19:55||   2020-07-28 19:55|| Front Page Top

#5 Not for long, EC.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 19:55||   2020-07-28 19:55|| Front Page Top

#6 /\ We can only hope...should have been working to ZERO since 9 November 1989 +/-.
Posted by Clem 2020-07-28 21:03||   2020-07-28 21:03|| Front Page Top

#7 I thought it was interesting that most of the $2 US bills wound up largely on Army bases back in the mid-1980's in Germany because they'd exchange roughly for one Deutsche Mark.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 21:12||   2020-07-28 21:12|| Front Page Top

#8 The Mark was strong but not THAT strong ;-)
Posted by European Conservative 2020-07-28 21:14||   2020-07-28 21:14|| Front Page Top

#9 When I popped in in 1986, I think the USD hit an all-time low of, like, $1 = DM 1,79. All the stories of "four to one" seemed like ancient history.
Posted by Clem 2020-07-28 21:28||   2020-07-28 21:28|| Front Page Top

#10 EC - yes, it was - check this out. I did a stats paper back in college (mainframe BMDP 2R stats package) on the dollar / DM exchange rate and right around 1986-1987 that's what it was.

I still have that paper and it's amazing / sad that I'm reading this thing and I have trouble understanding some parts of it. Can't remember what Prof. Karson gave me for a grade on it - I'll go w/ a B+.

I then used that paper to advise my German professor (UNH, Durham NH) to buy DM's now because the change in US interest rates was gonna make it more expensive for him to exchange for DM's later (he was going over there for a few weeks at that point). That was an oral final and I fucked it up six ways to Sunday because I couldn't remember a lot of the 100 German words relating to statistics in explaining what I came up with. That one was A for effort and something else for execution.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 21:48||   2020-07-28 21:48|| Front Page Top

#11 FWIW, I wrote that paper on May 20, 1986; the DM / $ exchange rate was approaching 2 / 1, and the major factors were relative inflation rates, inflation rates & their money supplies.

Granted I'm half in the bag right now but it's a pretty decent paper.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 22:06||   2020-07-28 22:06|| Front Page Top

#12 Well you made it sound like the mark was worth 2 dollars...
Posted by European Conservative  2020-07-28 22:42||   2020-07-28 22:42|| Front Page Top

#13 EC - yeah, I fucked that one up; my apologies.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 23:11||   2020-07-28 23:11|| Front Page Top

#14 Wait - I fucked up my description of the exchange rate; it was definitely 1 DM = $2 USD.

Guess I'll retire now like Grosjean or Verstappen cracking up their cars again...
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 23:14||   2020-07-28 23:14|| Front Page Top

#15 HUH?
Posted by Clem 2020-07-28 23:29||   2020-07-28 23:29|| Front Page Top

#16 Clem - me? I screwed the pooch on my description; my bad.
Posted by Raj 2020-07-28 23:42||   2020-07-28 23:42|| Front Page Top

#17 Prost!
Posted by Clem 2020-07-28 23:57||   2020-07-28 23:57|| Front Page Top

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