He had been a reluctant vassal, and his contribution in defense of Ethiopia’s territory and independence had so far marginal: In the very last year of Yohannes’s reign, however Minilik came perilously close to allying himself with Ethiopia’s potentially most dangerous enemy, Now he needed the Italians more than they needed him.
Egypt’s latest infowar campaign against Ethiopia’s initiative is thought to be fueled in part by Sudan’s strategic realignment towards Addis Ababa in this dispute and more broadly in a larger Silk Road context, which has totally changed the dynamics and correspondingly placed Cairo on the defensive.
Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chassé (Retired)—decorated with the Honourary Cross of the Bundeswehr in Gold—began his military career in 1969 by completing officer training at the German Air Force Officers' School in Munich. LTC Chassé's specialized military training includes courses on Air Defence Weapon Systems at the German Air Force Air Defence School and the US Army Air Defence School, both in Fort Bliss, Texas, USA. He served in the German Air Force mainly in the Integrated NATO-Air Defence, alternately in commanding and staff positions. From 1992 to his retirement in 1997, he was employed in Home Defence with territorial tasks.
As career officer, he soon realized that in the age of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, diplomacy and military engagements are not able to really protect a nation. He therefore was looking for alternative means of defence to ensure the security of his nation. In Invincible Defence Technology, LTC Chassé found the possibility to avert the danger of war even before it arises. The Bundeswehr is neither trained nor equipped to achieve this. In the last ten years of his active duty, he was attempted to convince all relevant political and military levels that only with Vedic Defence could Germany be secure and invincible.
This, at least, is what the Yale International Relations Association, who arranged a lecture at Yale University for Mr. Guttenberg last November, seem to have thought. But others had a less forgiving attitude: as the former defense minister took the podium to speak, half of the audience stood up and walked out dramatically, in what turned out to be an organized protest action led by a group of German graduate students. As the jeering crowd began to march out of the hall, Karl-Theodor was put in the awkward situation of pleading with them to stay and hear him out. reported a humbling exchange:
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After his retirement, LTC Chassé founded the "Vedic Peace Corps" (recently renamed the "Maharishi World Peace Trust"). He is also founder and director of the "Institute of Invincible Defence," Hannover, Germany.
Gunter Chassé is author of an alternative white paper . The Sri Lanka Guardian published an exclusive interview with him in April 2009 titled . LTC Chassé has coauthored articles published in about Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) as a means to prevent the implementation of IEDs. [IED - Improvised Explosive Devices] He was invited to speak on this topic at the "Countering IEDs Europe" conference in the Berlin, Germany.
A popular figure since the first Angela Merkel cabinet, Karl-Theodor’s political future seemed secure after he became minister of defense in 2009. In early 2011, it came to light that he had plagiarized portions of his PhD. During the ensuing scandal, Karl-Theodor was stripped of his doctorate, resigned from his post, and quickly retired from public political life. He has since retreated to the land of milk and honey for disgraced politicians, Connecticut, where he maintains a home in close proximity to the US college lecture circuit. Throughout the turbulent scandal, Karl-Theodor’s financial future has never been in jeopardy. A PhD, after all, is merely a piece of paper certifying time spent in a library. He now serves as a “distinguished statesman” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Having been the German Minister of Defense is the real credential, the experience that actually matters.
I know that I shouldn’t feel sorry for Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German minister of defense, whose scheduled lecture at Dartmouth College was cancelled Tuesday, after a petition protesting the event received over 100 signatures in three days of circulation, but I can’t help myself. Poor Karl-Theodor! It’s just normal human empathy: the Dartmouth cancellation is the latest in a string of scalding humiliations for this fallen fortunate son, who only two years ago was one of the most powerful politicians in Germany.
He is also competent and reliable, so he makes an obvious choice for the next Defense Minister. But his move is a little surprising because de Maiziere comes from Merkel's CDU, and according to the etiquette of German coalition politics, CDU partner the Christian Social Union, of which Guttenberg is a member, should have had the right to name a successor from its own ranks. "The choice of de Maiziere shows that the CSU is running out of qualified personnel," says Langguth.
Following the evaluation of the file, CNATDCU, proposes to the Minister of Education, Research, Youth, and Sports to grant or to not to grant the PhD title.
If the grade is “Unsatisfactory”, the PhD commission will identify the content elements that must be remade or completed from the thesis and will request a new public defence.
But despite the shock of Guttenberg's exit, the Berlin political machine grinds on. On Wednesday, it was announced that Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere would replace Guttenberg at the Defense Ministry. De Maiziere, a trusted Merkel ally, was interior minister in Saxony, in eastern Germany, until the Chancellor recruited him for her government. From 2005 to 2009, de Maiziere served first as Minister for Special Assignments and then as Merkel's chief of staff. Bookish and lawyerly, he could hardly be a greater contrast to his flamboyant predecessor.