During the campaigns their was much mentioned about NATO by candidate Trump….mush of it I could agree with in principle….but now that he was won the coveted “Big Enchilada” by becoming the 45th president of the United States…we will see just how he manages the organization.
For me, it has outlasted its usefulness….it was a creation of the Cold War and has become an excuse for waging war….if there is any confusion I am antiwar all the way….especially when it does not mean a defense of the homeland but is a tool employed by the M-IC to maximize profits….
The latest entrant into the NATO alliance, Montenegro, underscores both the absurdity of this archaic cold war relic and the dangers it poses to the United States.
Yes, Montenegro is a real country, kind of: with a little over 600,000 citizens, and around 5,000 square miles, it has an army of under 2,000 soldiers and sailors. During the medieval era it was divided into warring clans who were unified only by their fierce opposition to Ottoman rule: the boundaries, and the rulers who presided over what became a duchy, were fluid, like the boundaries of neighboring Balkan states whose instability and propensity for conflict gave rise to the phrase “balkanization” as a synonym for volatility. Once the ancient bastion of Serbian nationalism – the country was bombed by the US during the Kosovo war – Montenegro’s demographics underwent a transformation and now the country is pretty evenly split between Serbs and other nationalities: the country’s politics, too, are polarized, with the pro-Serb pro-Russian opposition parties and the pro-EU pro-NATO parties almost evenly matched, although the latter have tenuous control of the government at present.
It will be interesting, at least for me, to see just how Trump handles this campaign promise….so far he has been a disappointment, at least for me, his promises in foreign policy are being flush down the crapper almost daily.
This would be a bigger deal if Americans had a shared experience with the troops and the military….as it is now they could care less about foreign policy or for that matter the fate of our troops that must defend those policies.