Although De Crem has direct influence only over the military, he participates in cabinet discussions of other issues, including development assistance. He hQ always fought for greater civilian assistance but further urging of more civilian assistance to Afghanistan with Minister De Crem may help equip him in his effort to increase civilian resources devoted to Afghanistan as well as military.


Again, although De Crem has no direct authority to order resettlement of Guantanamo detainees, his support in the matter will be helpful.

After hesitating for more than a year because of security concerns ...