NATO And The Decay Within

Remember NATO…that was the organization that candidate Trump attacked as worthless and useless…..in case you are not familiar with NATO and its mission……

Military alliance formed between 26 nations to enforce the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949. NATO was originally formed to combat the spread of communism, but has grown since then to provide a mutual defense from external threats. As of 2008, NATO is made up of these nations: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. The organization is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

(businessdirectory.com)

I bring up NATO because of something I read while visiting “The Atlantic”…..some see that the organization dedicated to democratic ideals as losing ground to strongmen in their midst…..

Speaking days before an election most observers thought him sure to win, a long-serving Eurasian strongman railed against human rights, malevolent western powers, and rapacious “international speculators.” If delivered a fourth term in office, he vowed, vengeance against enemies of the state would be swift. His ruling party would achieve “satisfaction” against its adversaries, both foreign and domestic, he pledged in language that sounded both threatening and heartfelt.

This could easily have been Vladimir Putin, but it wasn’t. It was the leader of an American treaty ally. Under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who faces an election this weekend, Hungary has become an increasingly autocratic and pro-Russian state—and it’s one that also happens to be in NATO.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/nato-hungary-authoritarianism/557459/

Putin has a problem with NATO because they were assured at the break=up of the Soviet Union that NATO had no interest into expanding into formerly Soviet states…..and then we went ahead and started doing the thing we have said we would not…..

I can understand that the organization is falling apart and needs a shot of “new blood” from time to time….since it does is that not a good reason that the group needs to be shut down and new approach be found?

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