Off To the “New Europe”

For the better part of the next two weeks, I will be in what used to be called Eastern Europe. We’re visiting Prague and Krakow.

Nowadays, I think this part of the world is called Central Europe. But Donald Rumsfeld famously referred to it as New Europe to contrast countries like Poland and the Czech Republic, which backed U.S. intervention in Iraq, with countries like France and Germany.

More than a decade later, I remain grateful to Poland and the Czech Republic for their contributions in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

While overseas, I’ll be taking a vacation from blogging. I hope there’s still a live GOP presidential race on when I return. However, I’m happy to take a break from writing about it.