Sunday, April 6, 2014

A new lease on life for NATO?

65 years of covert/overt warfare is apparently not enough for NATO.
NATO is, instead, looking for any excuse to revive itself
Literally any excuse will do.

NATO-no more favours

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.

At Nato’s drab headquarters in Brussels, spirits may not be quite as euphoric as among the arms dealers in Washington, but there is an unmistakable pep in the step of an alliance that has been struggling to find a role for more than two decades.

Divergent interests
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.

 Although Nato took in new member states from central and eastern Europe, (despite their agreement to the otherwise)  the years immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union were troubling for the alliance as it went in search of new threats to justify its existence.
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.

Despite all this activity, questions about Nato’s future have persisted, amplified by US president Barack Obama’s declared pivot to Asia and the US public’s diminishing appetite for foreign military adventures.

Russia’s neighbours
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.

Even the Nordic neutrals, Sweden and Finland, are witnessing a renewed debate about Nato membership. Swedish prime minister Jan Bj√∂rklund called for a “doctrinal shift” in Sweden’s defence policy in response to the annexation of Crimea, while Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen declared last week that his country needed “an open debate about Nato”.

Whatever their political leaders say, most Swedes and Finns remain firmly opposed to joining Nato, and public opinion within its own member states could prove to be the biggest obstacle to the alliance’s renaissance.

An Ard poll in Germany this week found a majority opposed to sending more Nato flights over Poland and the Baltic states and almost half wanting Germany to occupy a middle position on Ukraine between Russia and the West.

Meanwhile, German politicians are complaining that Turkey’s posturing about a possible war with Syria could drag Ankara’s Nato allies into an unwanted conflict because of the alliance’s Article Five mutual defence pact.

Nato members are supposed to spend 2 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence, but all save a handful spend much less than this – Germany spends just 1.4 per cent. As austerity continues to bite throughout much of Europe, defence budgets will remain under pressure. Even in the US, defence spending is likely to fall in the next few years.

Unless the people of Europe and the US can be persuaded to spend more, Nato’s resurgence – and the defence contractors’ euphoria – could be short-lived.

“Persuaded to spend more” - Hmmmmm... should read manipulated via excessive fear mongering delivered via the main stream (NATO/defence contractor/multinationals) media
NATO media

Add to the list of NATO media  the Canadian branch- CBC. CTV. Toronto Star. Globe and Mail. National Post etc., etc.,




  1. Russia recently warned of new internal threats. Now with former administration under assualt and former pm on the speaker circuit outside Georgia that is this:

  2. Ebola in guinea
    Sep last year several Israeli mercs picked up in country for allegedly trying to back coup
    Israeli billionare offices raided in Switzerland over scam bidding in securing stake in huge iron ore deposit
    Guinea govt reviewing the bidding process and may claw back tthe huge prospect
    Rio tinto just agreed to build a rail way to service the deposit.


  3. Bulgarian nationalist party threatens to topple gov't over Russia sanctions #Russianspring

    Marcus Papadopoulos @DrMarcusP 8m
    An example of what I mean about Western ignorance of Ukraine: Look where the BBC have placed ‪#‎Donetsk‬ and ‪#‎Lugansk‬:

    Vladimir Ilin shared a link.
    18 hours ago · Edited
    Viral video of young Crimeans supporting cities of Ukraine Southeastern uprising :
    "Donetsk, we are proud of you" , "Dnepropetrovsk we are with you", "Zaporojie, everything is in your hands", "Harkov, we love you", "Your destiny is in your hands"

    Legislature of just proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic asks Putin move in peacekeepers

    1. Bulgaria now saying it was an Algerian trained in Leb re: Burgas. Protests escalating in Algeria. Kerry was just there pushing terror cooperation - US weapons to Berbers during Libya exercise however. Medvedev there a year or so ago reiterating the Algeria Russia relationship. Rumors swirled of Russian naval base. Algeria president under pressure to step aside post stroke. A|geria just accused Morocco of inciting unrest. Algeria opposed Mali incursion. Algeria allegedly backed Gaddafi regime via weapons during nato bombing. Recent transport plane crash outside Algiers. Another transport crash a few years ago in France. With Ukraine on fire suddenly that Algerian gas is looking a lot more interesting and the associated pipelines.

  4. the view from Washington: wherev Matt and Joshua (Faust?) reside : barf bags to your right!

    Matthew Kupfer ‏@Matthew_Kupfer 32m
    Every time I see Ron Paul being interviewed on #Russia Today, I just want to barf. #SorryNotSorry

    joshuafoust ‏@joshuafoust 32m
    @Matthew_Kupfer Or in general, but yes especially so on RT.

    Matthew Kupfer ‏@Matthew_Kupfer 30m
    @joshuafoust I'm completely fine w/ outlandish opinions, but it's sad how easily a foreign propaganda channel can co-opt "opposition" views.

    Mark Sleboda ‏@MarkSleboda1 24m
    @Matthew_Kupfer @joshuafoust Just like BBC Russia, VOA +RFE/RL! Funny how that works, isn't it, giving minority fringes voice and platform

    joshuafoust ‏@joshuafoust 24m
    @MarkSleboda1 @Matthew_Kupfer No, they are most certainly not the same at all. Please bother someone else, I'm not in the mood today.

    1. thanks all for the comments
      very interesting in the Georgian info anonymous
      did catch the news about the bomber being Algerian, suddenly..

      hello and thanks!