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    Dissolve NATO

    I'm not an isolationist, but the goal of this alliance is preventing Russia from gaining political or economic influence that enables it to impose hegemonic influence on the rest of the world. If the economy, culture, and political landscape of Europe has evolved to extent that this shared policy no longer interests them, there's no particular reason to be in an alliance. The United States should just form a new alliance with the states that are willing to stop a re-emerging Russia or just leave the European corner of the planet to their own devices.
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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    I'm not an isolationist, but the goal of this alliance is preventing Russia from gaining political or economic influence that enables it to impose hegemonic influence on the rest of the world. If the economy, culture, and political landscape of Europe has evolved to extent that this shared policy no longer interests them, there's no particular reason to be in an alliance. The United States should just form a new alliance with the states that are willing to stop a re-emerging Russia or just leave the European corner of the planet to their own devices.
    Actually it was formed to defend each other from attacks of any external force but, the US joined for that reason.

    Now we have a POTUS who doesn't see us as responsible for that duty.
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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    I'm not an isolationist, but the goal of this alliance is preventing Russia from gaining political or economic influence that enables it to impose hegemonic influence on the rest of the world. If the economy, culture, and political landscape of Europe has evolved to extent that this shared policy no longer interests them, there's no particular reason to be in an alliance. The United States should just form a new alliance with the states that are willing to stop a re-emerging Russia or just leave the European corner of the planet to their own devices.
    You make good points, however, the NATO treaty allows for more than just taking a military stand against Russia. It allows for mutual assurance of protection from aggression toward its members from any aggressor, not just Russia. It also allows for sharing of training, technology and assets as well as other important factors.

    What NATO doesn't do, and was never formed to do, was to project foreign policy of its members, other than military power. Financial sanctions and other foreign policy tools are not part of the NATO treaty, and IMHO, should not be. Each NATO member has the freedom to make its own choices in that regard. Only if and when a member state is threatened by military force or actually attacked does the treaty activate by either Article 4 or more accurately Article 5.

    NATO is still viable as a military alliance, which is all it was formed to be.

    Maybe a more accurate depiction of your concern would be to project it toward the UN and more specifically the UN Security Council?

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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    You make good points, however, the NATO treaty allows for more than just taking a military stand against Russia. It allows for mutual assurance of protection from aggression toward its members from any aggressor, not just Russia. It also allows for sharing of training, technology and assets as well as other important factors.

    What NATO doesn't do, and was never formed to do, was to project foreign policy of its members, other than military power. Financial sanctions and other foreign policy tools are not part of the NATO treaty, and IMHO, should not be. Each NATO member has the freedom to make its own choices in that regard. Only if and when a member state is threatened by military force or actually attacked does the treaty activate by either Article 4 or more accurately Article 5.

    NATO is still viable as a military alliance, which is all it was formed to be.

    Maybe a more accurate depiction of your concern would be to project it toward the UN and more specifically the UN Security Council?
    Referring to the bolded section, please explain Libya to me, especially the NATO approved bombing.

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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Russia is in a long term decline, its population is declining, its industrial base is falling further behind the technological curve. Outside of updates to soviet ere weapon systems they have not really created a new system from scratch without outside help. It is a country of 150 million or so people, that is entirely dependant on natural resource extration for its wealth. It went to France to buy the Mistral ships (which will be Russia's most advanced warships), it has gone to Italy to potentailly buy light vehicles from Ivenco. Its new sub missile is failing to launch properly more often then it is succesfull. Meanings its new subs are being launched without nuke missiles

    It will be a power for many years to come, but under current economic and demographic trends it will never be a more then an upper middle power again
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    I agree. NATO has become a joke and I see no reason for us spending money to defend Germany - as example - given the wealth of Germany (possibly in part for how little they spend on their military). Germany has not joined with the USA militarily - EVER - and we now know treaties and alliances are worthless any way as no one does anything about the invasion of Ukraine.

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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    I'm not an isolationist, but the goal of this alliance is preventing Russia from gaining political or economic influence that enables it to impose hegemonic influence on the rest of the world. If the economy, culture, and political landscape of Europe has evolved to extent that this shared policy no longer interests them, there's no particular reason to be in an alliance. The United States should just form a new alliance with the states that are willing to stop a re-emerging Russia or just leave the European corner of the planet to their own devices.
    As a resident and citizen of a NATO country that is NOT the US, I would enjoy a debate on this.

    However, you have failed to even investigate the NATO charter, its terms of reference, the interests of countries other than the US or offered a case on why it needs to be abolished other than an uniformed opinion on it's intent, which is in error.

    If you can supply some relevant data that at least indicates you know, say, who the members are and what has been their participation I would eagerly participate in a debate.

    However I have no interest in doing so where I would have to bring you up to speed on some of the basics, like he fact your NATO allies of Canada and Poland took the worst of the casualties in Afghanistan particularly the Canadians in Kandahar fighting America's enemies.

    Yes if that means we don't have to go trucking off every time a president needs a lift in the polls then **** can it, NORAD too, please come and get your Arctic equipment.
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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    sorry, but all nato members have a shared need for security. This means that the EU and other European nato members have the duty to defend an attack on other members. This is a mutually beneficial agreement IMHO and it will prevent the Ruskies from trying to increase their empire through less than legal methods.
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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I agree. NATO has become a joke and I see no reason for us spending money to defend Germany - as example - given the wealth of Germany (possibly in part for how little they spend on their military). Germany has not joined with the USA militarily - EVER - and we now know treaties and alliances are worthless any way as no one does anything about the invasion of Ukraine.
    Germany paid the last debt for WWI in 2010. And they still have to pay for WWII.
    They can't spend too much for their military.
    Their wealth is very good but not enough to feel independent.
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    Re: Dissolve NATO

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    Referring to the bolded section, please explain Libya to me, especially the NATO approved bombing.
    GREAT QUESTION!!!

    Libya, unlike all the other actions taken by NATO, strained the alliance by stretching the letter and intent of the treaty by a small group of its members (the US only being one of them).

    NATO invoked Article 1 and Article 4 of the treaty to act in a way to enforce UN resolutions:

    Article 1

    The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.


    Article 4

    The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.


    As you can see, although the UN resolutions gave NATO the legal cover to act, it did not give explicit authority to take some of the actions that they in fact did take.

    IOW, they were authorized to maintain the no-fly zone over Libya and stop shipping of arms to the conflict by the seas, which was what the UN ordered, to include shooting down any military aircraft that were being used to attack civilians or stop, board and interdict any ships in the Med that were potentially carrying arms or fighters to Libya... But... when NATO took over the entire mission and started air to ground attacks, they exceeded the UN authorization.

    When this occurred, many NATO nations backed out of the operation and publicly condemned it; specifically Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Germany.

    The US MSM didn't spend much time discussing this, and when they did, it was slanted toward supporting the Administration and condemning the countries that pulled out.

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