What Should NATO's Future Hold?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 3, 2009
NATO Roundtable at Headquarters

From April 3-4, 2009, NATO holds its 60th Anniversary Summit in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany. The Summit will celebrate NATO’s past achievements while looking to the future of NATO.

In Strasbourg, France, President Obama said, “We cannot be content merely to celebrate the achievements of the 20th century, or enjoy the comforts of the 21st century; we must learn from the past to build on its success. We must renew our institutions, our alliances. We must seek the solutions to the challenges of this young century.”

What should NATO's future hold?

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John
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Greece
April 9, 2009

John in Greece writes:

QUOTE: Perhaps the Russians don't trust us because they know what they'd do with the kind of power the U.S. has, and wonder what we're going to do with it. And we don't trust them because we know what they'd do with the kind of power we have, if they had it. END OF QUOTE.

Thank God, there are still thinking people with a POSITIVE and REALISTIC comprehension of what's happening and what the real "powers" are. Because, some of us are starting to get bored with the propagandistic, old fashioned ?virus? some people spread, attempting to persuade us that U.S.A. died, or is dieing...

U.S.A. will never come to an end, on the ground that it's all of us, that is, a global, humanitarian "platform" without frontiers or devils.

U.S.A. is a vision.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
April 9, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ John in Greece, If I had the chance to whisper the secret of America's power in Mr. Medeyev's ear (or Mr. Putin's for that matter), it would go something like this:

"Pssst...Dude! Feeding people makes you a heck of a lot of friends, and earns lasting respect. If you want to be a superpower, there's your ticket to the World Series as a contender...pass it on to 'lil Kim for me will ya?"

Now I know that all the Boston Redsox fans within the Dept of State will agree when I say that many hate the Yankees, because they're almost always in the playoffs, if not the series champs.

What earns them the respect is sportsman-like conduct toward other teams. Despite the occasional bench-clearing incident due to a brush-off pitch that hits the batter unintentionally.

You'd have to understand the rules and traditions of "America's pastime" to appreciate the "code" I'm using here.

Baseball lost an Angel today, and fans of all pinstripes offer condolences to his family.

I figured this would be an appropriate way to do so personally.

Leroi
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United States
April 9, 2009

Leroi in U.S.A. writes:

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes: One glaring example of why some Russian leaders do not trust us can be found with Mr. Gorbachev, who along with one of his assistants present during the conversation, said that President Reagan assured him that NATO would not expand toward Russian borders.

That would be the borders of the Soviet Union, as Russia did not exist then.

NATO has kept the promise not to expand toward Soviet Union borders.

Zharkov
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United States
April 10, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Russia has always existed, even when it was part of the Soviet Union, just as Estonia always existed even though it is part of the Soviet bloc, and New York still exists even though it is part of the United States.

While contrary to conventional thinking at the Council on Foreign Relations, America still exists even though it is a member of the U.N.

The question is whether Russia has a factual basis for mistrusting U.S. leaders, and the answer remains affirmative.

Zharkov
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United States
April 10, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

I cannot understand why, when the ship's captain held hostage by Somali pirates, jumped overboard out of the lifeboat and began swimming away, the U.S. Navy did not blast that lifeboat to pieces with automatic weapons fire.

Instead, it seems our Navy just sat and watched through binoculars the ship's captain's brave escape attempt and then probably waited for instructions from the Pentagon, as usual, missing perhaps the only opportunity to end the standoff quickly.

This is another example of why huge military expenditures are nearly useless in a modern world. After billions of dollars spent on the best technology in existence, the U.S. Navy sat and did nothing while a hostage was free and trying to escape.

If this same thing had happened in Texas, any off duty cop would have opened fire and put enough holes in that lifeboat to sink it.

The solution to peace is not with our alliances, but with ourselves.

Zharkov
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United States
April 10, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Our federal government appears woefully negligent in failing to require all U.S. merchant ships to carry sufficient arms to repel a pirate attack. Several people already posted that advice on this blog. The steps necessary to repel pirate attacks are obvious. It is astounding that this government has not done it.

Our ships are unarmed victims, sitting ducks, for any thugs with guns.

Now we have whole fleets of pirates running around stealing ships because we are totally disarmed. Gun control works -- in the criminal's favor.

What the world's merchant marine needs is:
1. Allow armed ship crews trained to repel pirate attacks;
2. Heavily armed decoy ships sent at random into pirate waters for the sole purpose of killing pirate attackers;
3. A coastal blocade across Somali ports to seize weapons aboard Somali vessels.

Leroi
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United States
April 10, 2009

Leroi in U.S.A. writes:

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes: Russia has always existed, even when it was part of the Soviet Union, just as Estonia always existed even though it is part of the Soviet bloc, and New York still exists even though it is part of the United States.

At the time of the promise about not expanding NATO's borders, Russia, correctly Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, was an administrative subunit of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, just as New York was an administrative subunit of the United State of America. The USSR is no more.

The promise:

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes: One glaring example of why some Russian leaders do not trust us can be found with Mr. Gorbachev, who along with one of his assistants present during the conversation, said that President Reagan assured him that NATO would not expand toward Russian borders.

was made to the state, the USSR, not to its administrative subunit, the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic.

The promise was kept.

Perhaps you are arguing that the state formerly headed by Putin and now headed by Medvedev is the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Are you?

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