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Survival of Trans-Atlantic Alliance sees no guarantees

It’s not really about whether NATO can survive, but whether it really should

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg touted the unifying nature of the NATO Alliance in his call for a greater commitment to its mission. Stoltenberg got around to promoting this necessity because of the threats that are posed by Russia, cyber attacks, terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. But he seems to ignore the fact that many of the threats to the security of the Western order are artificial or manufactured by NATO’s primary member and benefactor, the United States of America.

USA News reports:

LONDON (AP) — The bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there’s no guarantee the trans-Atlantic partnership will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for an effort to shore up the military alliance amid the divisions between Europe and the United States over trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

“It is not written in stone that the trans-Atlantic bond will survive forever,” Stoltenberg said during a speech in London. “But I believe we will preserve it.”

NATO has been shaken by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” stance and mistrust of international institutions. Trump once called NATO obsolete and has repeatedly berated other members of the 29-nation alliance of failing to spend enough on defense.

Ahead of a NATO summit in July, Stoltenberg said “we may have seen the weakening” of some bonds between North America and Europe. But he insisted that “maintaining the trans-Atlantic partnership is in our strategic interests.”

Stoltenberg said the world faced “the most unpredictable security environment in a generation” due to terrorism, proliferating weapons of mass destruction, cyberattacks and an assertive Russia.

“We must continue to protect our multilateral institutions like NATO, and we must continue to stand up for the international rules-based order,” he said.

After meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing St., Stoltenberg praised Britain, one of a minority of NATO countries to meet a target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.

He said that despite differences between the U.S. and Europe, NATO delivered “trans-Atlantic unity” every day.

“We have had differences before, and the lesson of history is that we overcome these differences every time,” Stoltenberg said.

Some European officials worry the Trump administration is cool on efforts to hold Russia to account for misdeeds including election meddling and the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in England, which the U.K. blames on Moscow.

At a G-7 summit this month, Trump suggested that Russia should be readmitted to the group of industrial powers, from which it was expelled over its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Some U.S. allies are concerned by reports that Trump plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin when the American leader travels to Europe for the NATO summit next month.

But Stoltenberg said meeting Putin does not contradict NATO policies.

“We are in favor of dialogue with Russia,” he said. “We don’t want a new cold war. We don’t want a new arms race. We don’t want to isolate Russia.

America’s mission to export democracy and ‘freedom’ and to reshape global politics through regime changes is what has led to many of the threats which Stoltenberg mentions. The reason why the situation with the Ukraine and Crimea even came about was due to the US’s meddling which led to a violent color revolution and which is still mired in violence to this day.

The migration issue facing Europe is largely the result of America’s wars in the Middle East, which had as their aim regime changes, but which have only resulted in radicalized Islamic terrorist groups springing up to destabilize and threaten destabilization not just in the Middle East but across the Eastern hemisphere.

Those migrants are fleeting the destabilization wrought by America’s meddling in the Middle East and Africa. And America is still arming and financing terrorist organizations and continuing to stoke conflict, whether it is Libya, Syria, or Yemen. These activities, by America not Russia, have led to the deaths of millions, war crimes, flagrant human rights violations, and political instability, both actual and threatened, from Europe to the Gulf of Aden.

And it was America which terminated its participation in a nuclear non proliferation agreement with Iran, the JCPOA, and is attempting to totally kill the agreement by trying to force its remaining signatories to ditch it as well, or to render it impossible to observe through the threat of secondary sanctions. America made these global security threats, and continues to do so unapologetically.

Therefore, it would appear that NATO’s mission, both its initial one and however it perceives its current one, cannot be realized in an honest fashion. Essentially, not only are the conditions surrounding a unified West becoming more uncertain by the day, but areas of common interest are becoming fewer also. It’s not entirely about whether NATO can survive, but whether it really should. Perhaps this is one multilateral agreement that Trump should exercise his withdrawal habit upon and walk away from it, perhaps under the pretext that its members just won’t carry their weight and pay up.


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Wayne Blow
Wayne Blow
September 5, 2018

Just shows how effing “DUMB” this egg-head Stolten-dunce is, NATO the ruination of Europe, for a f-cking pay check !!!!!!!!!

September 5, 2018

NATO has outlived its shelf life and has turned into a flesh eating virus which carries infectious USA Regime Change viruses! NATO needs to be dismantled and put ( not out to pasture) but in a barn cellar with the manure which it is!

September 5, 2018

It seems that Trump has been laying the groundwork for withdrawing from NATO. He continually complains that the US pays 90% of NATO, and the EU pays little (and doesn’t even pretend to try to spend 2% of GDP on defense). He certainly realizes that NATO is simply a jobs program for the defense industry, and that the Skripal case is a transparent effort to keep Trump from withdrawing from NATO by pretending that Russia is threatening Europe. Obviously, NATO hasn’t been necessary for European defense for more than 30 (or 40) years. I would be happy (and not surprised)… Read more »

John R Balch Jr
John R Balch Jr
September 5, 2018

The only thing NATO and the United States is pushing for is these smaller countries that are members of NATO to do is do all the Fighting, Bleeding and Dying for the United States World Dominance. Let the other
countries do all the “Fighting, Bleeding and Dying.” That is why they are pushing the Syrian, Russian and Iran Agenda so hard. It has nothing to do with it’s people but control of the countries “Money, Resources and Land.” Money, Power, Land and Greed! The Jewish Creed.

regolo gellini
regolo gellini
September 5, 2018

The hypocrisy of this man, Stoltemberg, is beyond belief . He says one thing (flase flags and fake news) in one go and the exact opposite in the next sentence . When will he understand that the organisation he presides is a rogue left over of the cold war period and serves nothing for our prosperity as a community ? He praises UK for spending 2% of GDP in weaponry while 7 million people in UK don’t have enough food for their children . The NHS has been reduced to its lowest standard and people have to wait months if… Read more »

September 5, 2018

No one wants war except the American neocon cabal. They will not send their own kind into war, just others. Time to get rid of the neocons. T

September 5, 2018

NATO has always been about furthering Americas interest and countering the Soviet union during the cold war. Which many people in Europe initially accepted and stood by. But with the advent of an increasing bellicose rhetoric from Washington, the glimmer faded, and with the Pershing debacle, America shot itself in the foot, unable to understand that : WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER WAR IN EUROPE! And still don’t.
Most Europeans are fully aligned with Angela Merkel on this issue: We should see to our own security.
The running US’s errand is coming to an end.

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