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Montenegro To Become Member Of NATO For No Good Reason

NATO Montenegro Flags

The tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro is set to become the latest member of the NATO alliance despite the fact that there is seemingly no good reason for it.

NATO Admitting Montenegro As Full Member For Some Reason


NATO is extending full membership to the tiny nation of Montenegro, and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason why they’re doing it.

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

Barack Obama

President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

U.S. Tank Lithuania

In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.

Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine Again, NATO Says

Russia Ukraine Flags

The Ukraine crisis, which never really went away, is back,

Sending Europe Mixed Messages


My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

Citing Ukraine, Hagel Calls On NATO Allies To Contribute More To Defense


Speaking last week in Europe, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is calling on other members of NATO to meet the promises they made when it comes to defense funding: (Reuters) – Russia’s actions in Ukraine have shattered the myth of European security in the post-Cold War era and underscored the danger NATO allies have created by failing […]

You and Whose Army?

The editors of the Wall Street Journal continue to beat the war drum against Russia: Standard & Poor’s last week downgraded Russian debt to near-junk status, as capital flight picks up. A recession seems likely this year after slow growth in 2013. Sanctions against the Putin circle have their uses, but sanctions on the entire […]

U.S. To Conduct Military Drills In Poland, Estonia


As the Ukraine situation continues to move toward an outcome that seems hard to predict, the United States is about to send a message of sorts to Russia: WASHINGTON — The United States plans to carry out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in an attempt to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about […]

NATO Plans New Deployments In Response To Russia


NATO seems intent on sending a signal to Vladmir Putin that there are limits to his patience.

NATO Commander Warns Alliance May Send Troops To Eastern Europe


NATO may be preparing to send Russia a message.

Why NATO Isn’t Going to Fight in Syria

Mideast Syria

Syria isn’t Libya.

A Russian Role In Post-War Afghanistan?

The Hill has an interesting report today that Russians are likely to be returning to Afghanistan after American forces leave, although not in the same capacity as when they were there in the 1980s: Nearly a quarter-century after the last Soviet units pulled out of Afghanistan, Moscow is reportedly eyeing a return to the country after […]

Why NATO Won’t Go To War Over Syria Shooting Down Turkish Jet


Following yesterday’s shoot-down of a Turkish F-5 by Syria has once again raised the specter of NATO action under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. It’s not going to happen.

Turkey’s Erdogan Cheapens NATO’s Core Promise


My latest for The National Interest, “Turkey Cries Wolf,” has been posted.

NATO Secretary-General: No Intervention In Syria


Yet another sign that international intervention in Syria is most likely never going to happen.

Rick Perry: Turkey Run By Islamic Terrorists, Should Be Kicked Out Of NATO


It isn’t often when a Presidential primary debate causes an international incident, but Rick Perry managed to do it last night when he asserted that Turkey was now ruled by “Islamic terrorists” and that it should be kicked out of NATO: BAIR: Governor Perry, since the Islamist-oriented party took over in Turkey, the murder rate […]

UK Defense Secretary Tough on Iran, Tougher on Europe


Philip Hammond addressed the Atlantic Council this morning in advance of a meeting with Leon Panetta.

NATO Support Endures


NATO is still seen as essential by 62 percent of both EU and U.S. respondents, demonstrating that the transatlantic military bond is still, despite a rough decade, firmly entrenched in American and European views of the world.

Libya Not Vindication for NATO, It’s a Wake-up Call


My latest for The National Interest is posted under the somewhat misleading headline “NATO Fails in Libya.”

A Russian Looks at the War in Libya


A take on the conflict that’s probably different from the one you’ve been reading.

Post-Gaddafi Libya

A rebel fighter guards a checkpoint while civilians flee fighting in Al-Qawalish in the western mountains of Libya

Is NATO prepared for what happens when they win?

America Carrying Load in Libya While Pretending Otherwise

A French  Mirage 2000 fighter jet, accompanied by a French Rafale, refuels with an airborne Boeing C-135 refuelling tanker aircraft above the Mediterranean Sea

The US handing Libya over to NATO is “like Beyonce saying she’s ceding control to Sasha Fierce!” – Jon Stewart

U.S. Admiral: Goal In Libya Is To Kill Qaddaffi


When the United States first intervened in Libya, we were told that it was to protect civilians. In fact, the United Nations Security Council Resolution that authorized force specifically limited itself to the protection of civilians. Well, apparently, someone didn’t tell the top U.S. Admiral involved in the operation: House Armed Services Committee member Mike […]

NATO Running Short On Some Bombs In Libya


Apparently, there wasn’t that much advance panning for the mission over Libya: Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time, according to senior NATO […]

Libyan Rebels Not Happy With NATO


In the days since NATO has taken over the no-fly zone from the US/UK/French, the Libyan rebels have been increasingly critical of the manner in which NATO is deploying its air assets: BREGA, Libya — A senior Libyan rebel leader sharply criticized NATO on Monday for bureaucratic delays that he said were putting civilians’ lives […]

NATO Airstrike Kills Libyan Rebels


A NATO airstrike killed 13 rebel fighters, who were mistaken for Gaddafi’s forces. Apparently, they were shooting at NATO planes.

NATO Warns Libyan Rebels Not To Attack Civilians


The conflict between the stated desire to see Muammar Gaddafi removed from power and the actual authority granted by UNSCR 1973 is becoming readily apparent: WASHINGTON — Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to […]

Libya Operation: Who’s In Charge?


Jorge Benitez has written a useful Libya Primer: Who is In Charge of Allied Forces? The short answer: No one.

Yet Another War

Mark Lyall Grant

America is about to enter a third war in the Muslim world with no clear idea of the end game.

Germany Displays Much-Needed Sanity On Libyan Intervention Plans


It would appear that the Chancellor of  Germany is the primary voice of reason in Europe when it comes to intervening in the Libyan Civil War: Germany has again blocked Anglo-French plans for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya. Reports from talks held by G8 ministers in Paris said German objections, backed by […]

Does U. S. Support for NATO Serve a Strategic Purpose?


Does NATO membership serve a strategic purpose?

NATO-Russia Missile Defense Cooperation


NATO-Russia cooperation on missile defense is a welcome step forward.

NATO’s New Strategic Concept: Active Engagement, Modern Defense


The long awaited new strategic concept, launching what has been termed “NATO 3.0,” has been published under the banner “Active Engagement, Modern Defense.”

Daalder: Afghanistan Process Will Take Years


Ivo Daalder, the US Ambassador to NATO, says that we are “seeing the corner and can peek around it in Afghanistan” and that a province-by-province handover of security responsibilities to the host government will “start in the first half of 2011.” But the final handover is not expected until “the end of 2014” and NATO forces will remain in an advisory capacity indefinitely. “The process will take years,” he emphasized.

NATO in an Age of Austerity


World Politics Review has published a special issue on “NATO’s Identity Crisis” ahead of next month’s Lisbon summit and the unveiling of a new Strategic Concept. I contributed the lead essay, “NATO in an Age of Austerity.”

Pakistan: Ally or Enemy?

Pakistan NATO Truck Ablaze

Pakistan yesterday blocked NATO’s primary supply line into Afghanistan in retaliation for an air strike that killed three Pakistani paramilitaries. Are the two countries truly allies?

Is NATO Relevant?


Yesterday’s NATO Beyond Afghanistan conference was a depressing day for fans of the most successful military alliance in history.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?


Regular readers know that I’ve long thought we’ve achieved all we’re going to in Afghanistan. But that doesn’t mean that our presence is therefore motivated by secret motives.

Afghanistan: NATO’s Time Running Out


Holland became the first NATO member to pull out of Afghanistan. How long before the rest follow?

NATO’s Cyber Threat


NATO should resist preemptively declaring cyber attacks “an attack on all” members under Article 5.

Israel or NATO?

Israel Flotilla Protests

In my latest for The National Interest, “NATO & Israel,” I argue that the flotilla crisis may force us to choose between Israel and our transatlantic Allies. Turkey, a founding member of the NATO alliance and heretofore Israel’s only friend in the region, is apoplectic. […] All the major European powers have criticized Israel’s actions, […]

More on Rand Paul, Civil Rights and Balancing Choices over Liberty


Yesterday, I noted that now that Rand Paul has gone from a primary race to the general election that:  “Paul is now facing a very different kind of campaign” because he is now going to be scrutinized in new ways and will have to explain himself to a different kind of electorate if he is […]

Specter Loses the Bet


Via the NYT:  Specter Defeat Signals a Wave Against Incumbents: Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who left the Republican Party a year ago in hopes of salvaging a 30-year career, was rejected on Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with Representative Joe Sestak winning the party’s nomination on an anti-incumbent wave that is defining the midterm […]

Europe’s Nadir?

USA-EU Flags

“It is more than a little ironic that NATO has committed itself to defining a new strategic concept at precisely the moment the transatlantic relationship counts for less than at any time since the 1930s.”  So begins an FT op-ed by CFR president Richard Haass. I assess this argument in “Goodbye to Europe?,” a lengthy […]

Palin on Obama’s Nuclear Policy


Sarah Palin, who was governor of Alaska for a few months before launching a career as a talk show host, objects to President Obama’s new nuclear policy thusly: Now, the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer, as a part-time senator, and as a full-time candidate, all that […]

Perry Trounces Hutchison in Texas Republican Primary


Kay Bailey Hutchison’s bizarre campaign to beat incumbent Texas Governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary has ended in embarrassing defeat. Gov. Rick Perry won a decisive victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas GOP primary for governor Tuesday night, bringing a bruising fight between two of the state’s most popular Republicans to […]

Hillary Clinton on NATO’s Future

Hillary Clinton NATO Speech Atlantic Council

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on the future of NATO to the Atlantic Council last night, kicking off the Washington Strategic Concept Seminar. More often than not, when sitting officials give public speeches, they tend to be incredibly bland, containing little fodder for those of us engaged in the subject matter on […]

Campaign Contributions as Free Speech


A recent Gallup poll shows that the American public agrees with the Supreme Court that campaign contributions are free speech but that most nonetheless want to limit said speech. Fifty-seven percent of Americans consider campaign donations to be a protected form of free speech, and 55% say corporate and union donations should be treated the […]

Polling in Afghanistan


A recent ABC–BBC-ARD survey of Afghanistan has both given hopes to those who support NATO’s mission in Afghanistan and created a backlash among doubters. The news in the poll was astoundingly good, with the trends for almost every issue pointing in the right direction and, in some cases, rocketing in that direction.  But, how seriously […]

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