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What’s the Point of NATO, If You Are Not Prepared to Use It Against Iran?
Philip Giraldi, Strategic Culture, Jan 16 2020

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty commits all NATO members to participate in the defense of any single member that is attacked. An attack on one is an attack on all. Forged in the early stages of the cold war, the alliance originally included most of the leading non-communist states in Western Europe, as well as Turkey. It was intended to deter any attacks orchestrated by the Soviet Union and was defensive in nature. Currently NATO is an anachronism, as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but the desire to continue to play soldier on an international stage has granted it a measure of life support. Indeed, the alliance is regularly auditioning for new members. Its latest addition is Montenegro, which has a military consisting of 2,000 men and women, roughly one brigade. If Montenegro should be attacked, then Pindostan is obligated to come to its assistance. It would all be something like comic opera featuring the Duke of Plaza Toro, but for the fact that there are certain things that NATO does that are not really defensive in nature but are rather destabilizing. Having expanded NATO right up to the border with Russia, which Pindostan promised not to do and then reneged upon, NATO exercises occur right next to Russian airspace and coastal waters. To support the incursions, the myth is constantly cited that Moscow is expansionistic and seeks to destroy what passes for democracy in the West. According to the current version, Putin is just waiting to resume control over Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and the Baltic States in an effort to reconstitute the old Soviet Union. This has led to demands from the usual suspects in Congress that Georgia and Ukraine be admitted into the alliance, which would really create an existential threat for Russia that it would have to respond to. There have also been some suggestions that Israel might join NATO. A war that no one wants either in the Middle East or in Europe could be the result if the expansion plans bear fruit. Having nothing to do beyond aggravating the Russians, the alliance has gone along with some of the transnational abominations initially created by virtue of the GWOT initiated by the loosely wrapped Bush 43.

The NATO alliance currently has 8,000 service members participating in a training mission in Afghanistan, and its key member states have also been parts of the various coalitions that Faschingstein has bribed or coerced into being. NATO was also actively involved in the fiasco that turned Libya, previously been the most developed nation in Africa, into a gangster state. Currently, French and British soldiers are part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria, and NATO itself is part of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh. NATO will now be doing its part to help defend Pindostan against terrorist attack. Last Wednesday, Sec-Gen Stoltenberg spoke with Trump on the phone in the wake of the assassination of Soleimani. Nine Iraqis also died in the attack, including the Iraqi General who headed the Kata’Ib Hezbollah, which had been incorporated into the Iraqi Army to fight against Daesh. During the week preceding the execution of Soleimani, Pindostan had staged an air attack that killed 25 Iraqi members of Kata’Ib, the incident that then sparked the rioting at the Pindo Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone. Bearing in mind that the alleged thwarted terrorist attacks took place seven thousand miles away from the CONUS, it is hard to make the case that Pindostan was directly threatened requiring a response from NATO under Article 5. No doubt the Pompeo State Dept will claim that its Embassy is sovereign territory and therefore part of Pindostan. It is a bullshit argument, but it will no doubt be made. The White House has already made a similar sovereignty claim vis-à-vis the two Pindo bases in Iraq that were hit by a barrage of a dozen Iranian missiles a day after the killing of Soleimani. Unlike the case of Soleimani and his party, no one was killed by the Iranian attacks, quite possibly a the result of deliberate mistargeting to avoid an escalation in the conflict. In spite of the fact that there was no actual threat and no factual basis for a call to arms, NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg spoke by phone with Trump last Wednesday, “on developments in the Middle East.” A NATO press release stated:

The Pres & the Sec-Gen discussed the situation in the region and NATO’s role. The President asked the Sec-Gen for NATO to become more involved in the Middle East. They agreed that NATO could contribute more to regional stability and the fight against international terrorism.

A tweet by White House deputy press sec later confirmed:

Prior to the phone call, Trump had announced that he would ask NATO “to become much more involved in the Middle East process.” As the Trumpean concept of a peace process is total surrender on the part of the targeted parties, be they Palestinians or Iranians, it will be interesting to see just how the new arrangement works. Sending soldiers into unstable places to do unnecessary things as part of a non-existent strategy will not sit well with many Europeans. It should not sit well with Americans either.

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