How a leader of a small Scandinavian country came to head NATO? Did Fogh seek the help of Bush to land the NATO job?
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Former USA president George W. Bush is reported to have pressurised his
successor to appoint the Danish current head of the military
organisation, Anders Fogh to the position, something that had not been
When in 2009 Anders Fogh Rasmussen became Secretary General of NATO, it
is said that it was thanks to high power and successful lobby pressure
from outgoing US President, George W. Bush, that made him to land the
job as NATO secretary general.
Bush was no longer president when the appointment was done, but quite
unusual, he chose to interfere in the appointment and put pressure on
his successor, Barack Obama to appoint him, reports Danish Daily,
Politiken referring to an American diplomat who was closest to the
process as the source of the knowledge.
"During the transfer to Obama's new team, we placed the appointment
high on the list, and we carefully explained why we thought Fogh would
be a great candidate for the U.S.," says Damon Wilson, who was a key
adviser in the White House under George W. Bush. Damon Wilson today is
deputy director of the think tank Atlantic Council based in Washington.
NATO Secrtatry General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Image Garnscole)
"When you consider how extensive such a transfer is, it is not
unexpected that such a decision is going to be on the list of important
matters," says Damon Wilson to Politiken.
A helping hand from George W. Bush was largely thanks to Denmark's
loyal participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to
the U.S. diplomat.
But it was also because Anders Fogh Rasmussen specifically asked
about the position and sought the help of George W. Bush during a
meeting at the president's ranch in Texas in March 2008 - just three
and a half months after the election, which had secured Fogh Rasmussen
re-election for a second time. At the time, the prime minister
outwardly claimed that he was not on job hunting, writes Politicken.
According to Damon Wilson, Fogh Rasmussen had shown increased
interest in the position and during a meeting he had openly shown that
he wanted to be a Secretary General.
"The president made it clear that he could not promise anything
because the new president would take the decision" said Damon Wilson,
according to Politiken.
Politiken claimed to have attempted to seek to hear from Anders Fogh
Rasmussen on his own take on the matter, but he did not want to be
A Danish expert who has studied the process, believes that Denmark's
participation in the controversial war in Iraq directly contributed to
Anders Fogh Rasmussen appointment to the post of Secretary General.
"I find it hard to imagine that Denmark had the record, if we had done
as Germany and kept us out of Iraq he would have not had the post,"
says Associate Professor Jens Ringsmose from the Centre for War Studies
at University of Southern Denmark to Politiken.
by Scancomark.com Team
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