The End of Alliances

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  1. onedomino

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    There was an interesting panel discussion on C-Span this past weekend concerning the viability of Cold War Alliances in the post Cold War era. Although Russia's recent behavior may seem like the Cold War could revive, NATO is in trouble. It is an alliance in search of a mission. All it does now is cost America billions of dollars. The old enemy, the Warsaw Pact, no longer exists. Why should America defend the rich countries of Western Europe when they do not chose to defend themselves? NATO does inhibit the growth of an EU Defense Force. But the development of an EDF may eventually occur regardless of NATO.

    What good is NATO in Afghanistan? Do we think that the British, Canadians, Australians, and Danes would not fight the Taliban in southern Afghanistan if not politically shielded by NATO? Canada probably, but the others? No. Australia is not even a member of NATO. What is the significant Afghanistan contribution of Germany and France when they remain in northern Afghanistan on guard duty refusing to engage the enemy in the south? What is the meaning of NATO when members pick and choose the missions in which they are willing to participate? The anti Soviet glue that held NATO together is gone. But perhaps is will revive behind Putin’s new Soviet rhetoric.

    The American alliances in the Pacific seem more relevant: the Japanese - American Security Treaty, the US - ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, the SE Asian Treaty Organization, the Australian - NZ -US Defense Treaty (although NZ is not a functioning partner and has effectively dropped out), and the emerging US -India Alliance (as seen in the US - India Nuclear Cooperation Pact). The common threat is the anticipated ascendance of totalitarian and mercantile Chinese military and economic power. What if Japan was no longer defended by the US? Would not it immediately develop its own nuclear arsenal to balance the Chinese? Would not ROK and Australian do the same? One benefit of US military alliances is to slow nuclear proliferation.

    For the other side of this argument see:


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