Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quit the Permanent Entangling Alliance That Is N.A.T.O.!

Antiwar conservative military historian Andrew Bacevich argues that "the United States must withdraw from NATO" — Let Europe Be Europe. He says that "the United States should dare to do the unthinkable [and] allow NATO to devolve into a European organization, directed by Europeans to serve European needs, upholding the safety and well-being of a Europe that is whole and free -- and more than able to manage its own affairs."

That such an idea is "unthinkable" shows just how far we have steered from the course set by our Founding Fathers.

"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world," advised the Father of Our Country — George Washington's Farewell Address. "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible," he went on to say. "Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation." Our third president, and greatest political theorist, called for "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none" — Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address.

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Anonymous Dano said...

The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria, and Italy was about thirty-two years old when World War One began (the first two having been allied for some time before that). NATO is now over sixty years old. When the Germans got into WWI, they complained that they were "Shackled to a Corpse", because Austrian military power had fallen off so precipitously in the years between the formation of the Austro-German alliance and the start of the war.

If American diplomats face a major crisis (probably concerning NATO's Article V), they, too, will probably say that they have been "Shackled to a Corpse". All it takes is Turkey and Russia taking opposite sides in some pointless territorial dispute in the Caucasus to put us on the brink of World War Three, thanks to a sixty-year-old treaty that lost its raison d'etre more than twenty years ago.

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