Friday, June 10, 2011

Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! Amen!

In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members’ penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support.

What astonishes FLG, well not really astonishes since we are talking about a policymaker who are, in general, better at seeing trees than forests, is that Gates thinks this path to demise can be reverse. Oh, sure, technically, "members of NATO - individually and collectively - have it well within their means to halt and reverse these trends and instead produce a very different future." But without a eminent, existential threat there's little possibility that they will.

Look, FLG understands that the Cold War generation has an "emotional and historical attachment," but those aren't rational reasons. It probably seems odd, hypocritical even, for FLG to call for a Cartesian analysis using the cold light of reason to look at a institution passed down to us by history. But NATO isn't some ancient political institutions whose origins and purposes are lost to us. It was a specific response to a specific threat during a specific period in history. It isn't some crucial organ holding the international order together. Perhaps it was at one time, but it metastasized into an entity that needs to be excised from the international security order.

NATO delenda est.

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