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Declassified Documents: U.S. Military Bombed the Nazi Germany Oil Refinery That Fred Koch Helped Build

Among the revelations in Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s expansive new book on the Koch brothers and the rise of contemporary American conservatism, is that Fred Koch, the billionaire duo’s father, once helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany. The New York Times broke that item last week, but left out a key detail from…

Rhetoric Heats Up As Russian S-400 Missiles Arrive In Syria; Germany Joins The Fight Against ISIS

It has been a wild 36 hours when it comes to the increasingly complex tapestry of major international players taking part in combat operations in Syria. On one hand, Russia may be warming to integrating its forces into a single air campaign with the U.S., France and other nations. Yet at the same time, Russian-Turkish…

An American's Take On The Citroën Cactus, A Car You Can Drive Anywhere (Except Here)

There’s something Citroën got right with wacky plastic body cladding on the C4 Cactus that the likes of Pontiac didn’t: it wasn’t just a styling cue. No, these plastic “airbumps” are right where people are most likely to ding your doors, and made of plastic specifically designed not to even care. That’s brilliant.

U.S. F-16 Crashes Into Bavarian Forest, Pilot Ejects With Light Injuries

A Block 50 F-16CM from the U.S. Air Force 480th Fighter Squadron, the “Warhawks,” based at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, crashed into a forest at around 9:30 a.m. local time while on a training mission near the U.S. Army Garrison in Grafenwoehr. The pilot safely ejected and is being held at the hospital with only…

These Photos Of Soldiers Executing Fire Phobia Training Will Terrify You

This has to be just about the worst training I have seen allied soldiers go through. How these guys don’t get burnt to a crisp is beyond me. The exercise shown was part of Kosovo Force’s (KFOR) mission rehearsal exercise conducted in Hohenfels, Germany that prepares multi-national forces rotating through Kosovo. Train…

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This is what a Classic Car Meeting in Germany looks like

Let's start with a simple fact: Cars from the US of A always had a special place in my heart. Owning old American iron like a 1995 Dodge Viper, a 1969 Mercury Monterey or a 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupé here in Germany are one proof, but me visiting the USA for nearly 30 times within the last 15 years says…