NATO is, instead, looking for any excuse to revive itself
Literally any excuse will do.
A few weeks ago, at the height of the crisis in Ukraine, representatives of some of the biggest defence contractors in the US were munching canapes on Capitol Hill at a fundraiser for a top Republican congressman and committee chairman.
The mood at the fundraiser was, according to one attendee, “borderline euphoric”.
The defence industry’s friends in Congress and in Washington’s think tanks have been arguing for weeks now that the most effective response to Putin’s aggression ( there was no aggression, only a referendum) is to boost defence spending and move more military assets to Europe’s eastern borders.
Throughout the cold war, Nato’s role was, in the words of its first secretary general, Hastings Ismay, “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down”. Once their common enemy was gone, however, Nato member states’ divergent interests became more apparent.
NATO has had and is having no problem conjuring threats to ‘justify its existence’ as amply demonstrated by this article
The wars in Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s saw Nato forces fight in combat for the first time, and the alliance has scarcely stopped fighting since. Its forces are still in Bosnia as peacekeepers and it patrols the Mediterranean in search of terrorists, but all its other operations today are outside Europe – in Afghanistan, Somalia and off the Horn of Africa.
Nato has also played a part in missions launched by ad-hoc groups of its members, such as the bombing of Libya in 2011, and it performs an important role in facilitating the interoperability of EU military forces, including Ireland’s.
Putin’s aggression (?) has changed that, reinforcing a transatlantic alliance that had been strained by Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying on US allies. In recent weeks, Nato countries are rediscovering their attachment to the alliance, and some of Russia’s neighbours are knocking at the door.
“Persuaded to spend more” - Hmmmmm... should read manipulated via excessive fear mongering delivered via the main stream (NATO/defence contractor/multinationals) media
Add to the list of NATO media the Canadian branch- CBC. CTV. Toronto Star. Globe and Mail. National Post etc., etc.,