April 21, 2010

A BAD IDEA THAT OUTLIVED ITS USELESSNESS:

US and Europe rethink role of Cold War alliance (ROBERT BURNS, 04/21/10, AP)

NATO was founded to blunt the long-extinct threat of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.

Now it finds itself divided on many fronts: doubts among some members about its combat mission in Afghanistan, unease with the continuing presence of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe, prickly relations with Moscow and concerns about the wisdom of expanding NATO deeper into Russia’s backyard.

Clinton and 27 of her NATO counterparts will gather Thursday in Tallinn, capital of the former Soviet state of Estonia, where they’re expected to take stock of the alliance and the challenges it faces.


In the event of a genuine threat to Europe, it's not as if we'd wait around for them to get their act together. We'd just defend them ourselves.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2010 6:01 AM
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