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Very good indeed. It does not propose glib and oversimple solutions, but identifies the points of difficulty clearly. In hindsight, I wonder if Europe would be having less difficulty with the refugee crisis if we had insisted they take more control of the Yugoslav crisis and learned from their mistakes. Of course, that may have been a higher cost than what the face now.
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What Rahe neglects to mention is a ruling class that has lost touch with reality.
Of what use is NATO when the over riding threat to our time is global warming/climate change?
In addition, enemies of Christian civilization are being invited in with open arms and subsidized for good measure.
Third, the EU is convinced that soft power; sternly worded decrees and economic sanctions can solve any conflict.
In light of all that NATO is an anachronism whose time is past.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union are in disarray. The former has fulfilled its mission. Were it not for Russia’s seizure of the Crimea and invasion of Ukraine and the refugee crisis in Europe spawned by the sectarian Muslim conflict raging in Iraq and Syria, it would be an empty shell without any obvious function.
But Russia did seize Crimea, and Russia did instill unrest in the eastern Ukraine. Russia has also used political subterfuge against NATO allies in the Baltics in order to undermine democratic institutions there (some of the same techniques were used against the U.S.). Furthermore, the NATO treaty was invoked after the attacks of 9-11, and hundreds of NATO allies died fighting alongside Americans in Afghanistan.
But it also began unraveling, as members resisted involvement in the Second Gulf War
The Iraq War was not a NATO concern, and many countries objected to the U.S. invasion. The destabilization that resulted did become a NATO issue, however. Then there's this:
Barack Obama treated our longtime allies with a measure of contempt.
Obama: The security of Europe and the United States is indivisible... Europe will remain a cornerstone of America’s engagement with the world.
Q: But it’s possible that NATO is obsolete and should be gotten rid of?
Trump: It’s possible. It’s possible. I would certainly look at it.