NATO: The Potemkin alliance

posted by
June 14, 2011
Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  
Posted in Commentary

"As early as the First Persian Gulf conflict, U.S. military commanders were skeptical whether most troop contributions from NATO members added much military value. By the turn of the century, U.S. alarm at the eroding military capabilities of the alliance was evident, and U.S. officials were voicing warnings not unlike those Gates expressed in Brussels. But Washington's threats to de-emphasize its commitment to NATO are probably as hollow as the alliance's military capabilities themselves." (06/13/11)  


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