|America’s NATO Problem: We’ve Forgotten Why We’re a Member|
May 24, 2017
President Donald Trump will meet with NATO leaders in Brussels on May 25, his first direct encounter with an alliance he has alternately praised and disparaged. Supporters will say he has shaken up the organization and spurred our European allies to contribute more to NATO’s defense. Detractors will find much to criticize in Trump’s approach to U.S. allies and partners: his focus on European defense spending to the exclusion of nearly everything else on the transatlantic security agenda; his reluctance to criticize Russia, feeding suspicion that he seeks to appease Russia at Europe’s expense; his misunderstanding of how NATO works and his fallacious assertion that our allies “owe” Washington arrears for past defense underspending; and his assertion that NATO is obsolete, followed by the false claim that he saved the alliance in a matter of months by changing its focus to fighting terrorism. His posturing spreads uncertainty among our allies and raises doubts globally about the reliability of American security guarantees. But America’s NATO problem did not originate with President Trump. It has roots that well pre-date the 2016 election campaign and go deeper than the president’s “allies owe us” statements. American leaders in both parties have failed in recent decades to explain the strategic benefit of NATO to the United States. As a result, they are now debating the president on his terms—how generous or frugal the United States should be toward Europe—rather than considering the bigger picture for U.S. security interests … for more, go to https://www.csis.org/analysis/americas-nato-problem-weve-forgotten-why-were-member
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a military alliance of 29 countries across North America and Europe. Formed in 1949 in the aftermath of World War II, today NATO is criticized by Russia and President Donald Trump.
WHAT DOES NATO DO?
The alliance is perhaps best defined by Article 5 of its founding document: "An armed attack against one [NATO member] ... shall be considered an attack against them all." … for more, go to https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/smart-facts/what-nato-what-do-trump-russia-think-about-it-n860411
Exposed? US using Taiwan and NATO to fight its 21st Century wars?
KUALA LUMPUR (June 2018): Not only is the war-waging US going after China, using Taiwan as its pawn, it is also provoking Russia big time! (Read this for context on Taiwan: https://ilovemalaysiachinasilkroad.blogspot.com/2018/06/is-china-us-next-target-for-war.html - Is China the US’ next target for war?)
Reuters has reported that the US is pushing NATO to beef up military forces to deter a potential Russian attack.
Now, that’s absolutely laughable, given the fact that it has been the US that had been waging war and occupying sovereign states in the 20th Century.
|Now, who’s the real potential threat to the rest of the world?|
Only the blind are unable to see through the war-waging US’ agenda to sacrifice the lives of others to serve their global militarism.
This was what Reuters reported:
"U.S. pushes NATO to ready more forces to deter Russian threat
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018
9:27 PM MYT
By robin emmottand idrees ali
U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will seek broad agreement for the plan in Brussels on Thursday when alliance defence ministers meet, laying the ground for endorsement by NATO leaders at a summit in July, four U.S. and NATO officials and diplomats told Reuters.
The plan would require NATO to have 30 land battalions, 30 air fighter squadrons and 30 navy ships such as destroyers ready to deploy within 30 days of being put on alert, although the proposal does not discuss specific troop numbers or a deadline for setting up the strategy.
The size of battalions vary across NATO, from 600 to 1,000 soldiers.
"We have an adversary (Russia) that can move quickly into the Baltics and Poland in a ground attack," said one senior NATO diplomat who was briefed on the U.S. plans.
"We don't have the luxury of taking months to mobilise," the diplomat said, saying the U.S. idea was known as 30-30-30-30.
One U.S. official said the initiative was primarily aimed at countering Russia and fitted with the Pentagon's 2018 National Defence Strategy, which accuses Moscow of seeking to "shatter the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation."
Russia's war games last year, involving what Western officials said were 100,000 troops, also prompted concerns about accidental conflicts that could be triggered by such exercises, or any incursions into Russian-speaking regions in the Baltics.
The Kremlin firmly rejects any such aims and says it is NATO which is the security threat in eastern Europe.
Wrong-footed by Moscow with Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014 and its intervention in Syria's war in 2015, the United States is distrustful of the Kremlin's public message and wants to be ready for any eventuality.
With more than 2 million troops, NATO's forces outnumber those of Russia, whose active duty members are around 830,000, according to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a British-based military think-tank.
Russia's annexation of Crimea prompted NATO to set up a small, rapid-reaction "spearhead" force and put four battalions in the Baltics and Poland, backed up by U.S. troops and equipment on rotation.
But is unclear how fast the alliance could move large troop numbers to its eastern flank and how long it could sustain them for, with France already stretched in Africa and British cutbacks reducing the size of deployable forces, officials said.
According to a 2016 study by the Rand Corporation, Britain, France, and Germany could each muster a brigade of three or more battalions along with battle tanks and other armour in around a month. But their resources would be badly strained, leaving little capacity for any other conflicts.
Another unknown is how the U.S. '30-30-30-30' proposal would fit in with other initiatives put forward aimed at improving European military combat readiness and to address shortfalls in weaponry and other military assets.
The European Union last December launched a defence pact to develop crisis-response forces and work together to develop new helicopters and ships. French President Emmanuel Macron aims to set up a new French-led European "intervention force".
"We only have a certain amount of forces in Europe, and they cannot be committed to every military proposal," a second senior NATO diplomat said.
(Writing by Robin Emmott; Editing by Richard Balmforth)"