A poll was taken this week and only 49% of Americans say we should stick with NATO (Only 49% Think U.S. Still Needs to Belong to NATO - Rasmussen Reports™). We have seen during this Libya conflict that NATO is severely weakened without the US running the show (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/wo...ates.html?_r=1) and also here (Gates blasts NATO - The Washington Post). Basically, what we have is an alliance that the US gets no benefit from in terms of her own security. There are 3 (MAYBE 4) nations in all of the 28 member states that benefit US security, and that is England for sure, France for sure, Germany somewhat, and maybe if you want to count Italy. These nations, aside from Italy, keep a relatively tough military budget (all beside Italy) of above 50 billion yearly, though Germany even is cutting military spending. Due to austerity measures in all of Europe, we've seen some serious issues with them aiding us. Now, of course, the US is the big power, but what benefit are we getting from spending billions a year on the defense of tiny nations like Romania or Iceland?
My personal belief is that we need to reevaluate the whole thing. There are nations in there which have absolutely no benefit to the United States, and there are nations across the world with strong militaries whom are our allies, that we are not in a cooperative pact with, namely South Korea and Israel. I think that simply pulling out is a bad idea, because we do have some benefits, like bases in Poland that are going up now, etc, but I do simply think that if these nations want to get defense from the largest military power in the world, they need to have a certain monetary and troop contribution to remain, along with allowing basing in their nations.
Some also argue we should leave and create a new alliance, with heavier joining requirements, but what's the point of that, if we are just going to do the same thing but require more stringent measures?
So, what do you think? So many Americans according to that poll say we should leave, but I just don't think that's a good idea, considering we've got some powerful allies in there and the basing component is vital to our security.