Simple rules: find a beverage you like (a good micro-brew is always a good choice); and drink when you hear/read references to:
- Metrics--as in: we need metrics for success.
- Two-tier NATO. As in countries that do more and others that do less.
- Burden-sharing. Oh my, we will get drunk quickly.
- Acronym rules:
- Anytime there is an acronym that takes more than five seconds to figure out. Drink twice if the same acronym refers to two or more NATO concepts (SMR= senior military representative and six month review).
- Anytime there is an acronym that takes more than five seconds to figure out how to say aloud, as in PIFWC.
- The aforementioned "punch above its weight."
- When anybody expresses shock that countries and organizations might discriminate and be selective about where they intervene.
- Benchmark or Milestone (and only drunk people can really articulate the difference between the two).
- Way ahead.
- Russia/China condemning external interference in the domestic affairs of countries (only small sips as this will happen often).
- Exit strategy. This would lead to lots of controversy--the phrase would be uttered so often that any player would become catatonic, but we actually never see a real exit strategy, so one would have to chug if one of those ever came along.
- Boots on the ground. And drink twice if media folks start debating what counts as boots.
- Oil. Again, only sip unless the conflict is in some place where no one would ever expect oil (Afghanistan).
- Whole of Government. To which I would add: comprehensive approach, civ-mil integration.