For some time now, Turkey has been working counter to the interests of its NATO allies, fomenting unrest and instability in global hotspots.
No new wars or interventions in Iran or Venezuela, a partial drawdown from Iraq and Syria, and an Afghanistan withdrawal deal is a foreign policy record to be proud of.
With greater expansion comes greater dilution, and a diluted alliance is as good as dead, as there will never be a sense of internal cohesion.
NATO is doing a relatively poor job, buttressed by a static decision-making process, a bureaucracy resistant to change, and unaccountable member states who are happy to cheap-ride and get away with it.
Emmanuel Macron’s harsh assessment of NATO is just a new episode of French realism in the European balance. The ‘iron hand in a velvet glove’ is back.
Lost in all the partisan bickering is a more important issue: Washington’s overall relationship with Ukraine and whether that relationship really serves America’s best interests.
Will you send your son or daughter to die for autocratic Turkey? Then why is the United States committed to defending this nation if any other country attacks it?
To be effective, NATO needs the support of the American people. That means no more regime-change, occupations, or long term nation-building missions.
Critiques rest on false assumptions about the role of NATO. These are enabled by its success at achieving its objectives.
Republicans aren’t abandoning their party or surrendering to the Democrats. But neither should they feel compelled to defend the indefensible on Russia.
Europe is the beneficiary of the insurance policy that Americans pay, since a majority of NATO members do not have any significant investment in defense.
Despite the hand-wringing and remonstrations about what President Trump did and did not say to Putin, there is much to contend with between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.
The old willingness to ‘pay any price, bear any burden’ is waning. There is no reason we should subsidize others’ luxuries, let alone when we have so many problems at home.
Article 5’s commitment to common defense means nothing if other NATO members aren’t making, or actively trying to make, their contributions to the club.
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