Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MacKay's NATO Bid Not Over Yet?

Secretary General speculation continues

Despite Peter MacKay's numerous insistences that he isn't seeking the job, speculation about the Defense Minister's near-frontrunner status in the campaign continues.

Even putting his repeated announcements that he isn't pursuing the job aside, MacKay's chances of winning seemed dim after Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark, was rejected by Turkey.

Turkey has reportedly decided to back MacKay.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, the strongest candidate aside from MacKay, also dropped out of the race recently.

Like Sikorski, however, MacKay's potential ascension to the office of Secretary General may be complicated by recent antagonisms with Russia.

All of this continues to rely on whether or not MacKay is seeking the office at all. MacKay may simply wait for other candidates to draw criticism from their potential rivals. Then again, at this point, only MacKay himself really knows.

Other bloggers writing about this topic:

Jeff Jedras - "Turkey and Poland: We'll Take Peter MacKay to Block

1 comment:

  1. I think it is over the top to think that just by appointing Rasmussen we shall see the levels of violence increase. Taliban insurgency has now turned into a Pashtun insurgency and has more of an ethnic dimension than religious one.


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