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A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO.

Instead of a “summit,” the gathering, on the outskirts of London, has been cut to two days. Why the shortened agenda?

Among the reasons, apprehension that President Donald Trump might use the occasion to disrupt alliance comity by again berating the Europeans for freeloading on the U.S. defense budget.

French President Emanuel Macron, on the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, described NATO as having suffered “brain death.” Macron now openly questions the U.S. commitment to fight for Europe and is talking about a “true European Army” with France’s nuclear deterrent able to “defend Europe alone.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and has relied on the U.S. and NATO to keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began, is said to be enraged at the “disruptive politics” of the French president.
Also, early in December, Britain holds national elections. While the Labour Party remains committed to NATO, its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is no Clement Attlee, who took Britain into NATO at its birth in 1949.

Corbyn has questioned NATO’s continued relevance in the post-Cold War era. A potential backer of a new Labour government, Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party, is demanding the closing of Britain’s Trident submarine base in Scotland as a precondition of her party’s support for Labour in Parliament.

Also present in London will be NATO ally Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan.

Following the 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has purged scores of thousands from his army and regime, jailed more journalists than any other authoritarian, purchased Vladimir Putin’s S-400 missile system as Turkey’s air defense, and ordered the U.S. forces out of his way as he invaded northern Syria, killing Kurdish fighters who did the bleeding and dying in the U.S.-led campaign to crush the ISIS caliphate.

During the Cold War, NATO enjoyed the widespread support of Americans and Europeans, and understandably so. The USSR had 20 divisions in Germany, surrounded West Berlin, and occupied the east bank of the Elbe, within striking distance of the Rhine.

But that Cold War is long over. Berlin is the united free capital of Germany. The Warsaw Pact has been dissolved. Its member states have all joined NATO. The Soviet Union split apart into 15 nations. Communist Yugoslavia splintered into seven nations.

As a fighting faith, communism is dead in Europe. Why then are we Americans still over there?

Since the Cold War, we have doubled the size of NATO. We have brought in the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but not Finland or Sweden. We have committed ourselves to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro but not Serbia, Bosnia or North Macedonia.

Romania and Bulgaria are NATO allies but not Moldova or Belarus.

George W. Bush kept us out of the 2008 Russia-Georgia clash over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And Barack Obama refused to send lethal aid to help Ukraine retrieve Crimea, Luhansk or Donetsk, though Sen. John McCain wanted the United States to jump into both fights.

In the House Intel Committee’s impeachment hearings, foreign service officers spoke of “Russian aggression” against our Ukrainian “ally” and our “national security” being in peril in this fight.

But when did Ukraine become an ally of the United States whose territorial wars we must sustain with military aid if not military intervention?

When did Kyiv’s control of Crimea and the Donbass become critical to the national security of the United States, when Russia has controlled Ukraine almost without interruption from Catherine the Great in the 18th century to Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 20th century?

Among the reasons Trump is president is that he raised provocative questions about NATO and Russia left unaddressed for three decades, as U.S. policy has been on cruise control since the Cold War.

And these unanswered questions are deadly serious ones.

Do we truly believe that if Russia marched into Estonia, the U.S. would start attacking the ships, planes and troops of a nation armed with thousands of tactical and strategic nuclear weapons?

Would NATO allies Spain, Portugal and Italy declare war on Russia?

In 1914 and 1939, in solidarity with the mother country, Britain, Canada declared war on Germany. Would Justin Trudeau’s Canada invoke NATO and declare war on Putin’s Russia — for Estonia or Latvia?

Under NATO, we are now committed to go to war for 28 nations. And the interventionists who took us into Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen want U.S. war guarantees extended to other nations even closer to Russia.

One day, one of these war guarantees is going to be called upon, and we may find that the American people were unaware of that commitment, and are unwilling to honor it, especially if the consequence is a major war with a nuclear power.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. peterAUS says:

    A serious topic. An, overall, respectable author.

    Out of such regards, let’s just say: an………interesting……..article.
    Some snippets, in order:

    ….keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began….

    ….striking distance of the Rhine…..

    and especially

    ..if Russia marched into Estonia….

    This is simply…..ahm…anyway

    ……We have committed ourselves to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro but not Serbia, Bosnia or North Macedonia.

    ….we are now committed to go to war for 28 nations…

    Hopefully, the author, in the future, will focus his efforts on other topics/themes. Those that much better suit his experience, expertise, and character.
    All good………..

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @David
    , @follyofwar
  2. Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?

    It takes one to know.

    • LOL: SafeNow
  3. Paw says:

    No it is not. First you got to have brain. Then it can die.

  4. Neko says:

    Dear Sir,

    correct as most of your articles may be, please elaborate on the matter of Yugoslavia breaking into 7 nations? As far as we know, there are 6 states: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, BiH, NM and Montenegro. You might want to phrase some things better since you are a serious author, with an intent to be taken seriously. That would also require some serious research and maybe checking some facts.

    Thank you.

    • Replies: @Hail
  5. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    Excellent article! NATO is an absolete organization, as stated by former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia James Bisset, when NATO set fire in the Balkans powderkeg and NATO BOMBED and destroyed Yugoslavia:

    ”… as early as 1998, the central intelligence agency assisted by the British Special Armed Services were arming and training Kosovo Liberation Army members in Albania to foment armed rebellion in Kosovo. The KLA terrorists were sent back into Kosovo to assassinate Serbian mayors, ambush Serbian policemen and do everything possible to incite murder and chaos. The hope was that with Kosovo in flames NATO could intervene and in so doing, not only overthrow Slobodan Milosevic the Serbian strong man, but more importantly, provide the aging and increasingly irrelevant military organization with a reason for its continued existence.

    Excerpt taken from: WE CREATED A MONSTER

    http://deltax.net/bissett/a-monster.htm

  6. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    MACRON IS RIGHT! Germany looks totally RIDICULOUS with her “Military culture”. Corbyn is also right. NATO ARE MONSTERS

    NATO BOMBED China in 1945-46, NATO BOMBED Japan in 1944
    NATO BOMBED Korea in 1950-53, NATO BOMBED China in 1950-53
    NATO BOMBED Guatemala in 1954, NATO BOMBED Indonesia in 1958
    NATO BOMBED Cuba in 1959-60, NATO BOMBED Guatemala in 1960
    NATO BOMBED Belgian Congo in 1964, NATO BOMBED Guatemala 1964
    NATO BOMBED Dominican Republic 1965-66, NATO BOMBED Peru 1965,
    NATO BOMBED Laos 1964-73, NATO BOMBED Vietnam 1961-73,
    NATO BOMBED Cambodia 1969-70, NATO BOMBED Guatemala 1967-69,
    NATO BOMBED Lebanon 1982-84, NATO BOMBED Grenada 1983-84
    NATO BOMBED Libya 1986, NATO BOMBED El Salvador 1981-92
    NATO BOMBED Nicaragua 1981-90, NATO BOMBED Libya 1986
    NATO BOMBED Iran 1987-88, NATO BOMBED Libya 1989
    NATO BOMBED Panama 1989-90, NATO BOMBED Iraq 1991-2002
    NATO BOMBED Kuwait 1991, NATO BOMBED Somalia 1992-94
    NATO BOMBED Croatia 1994 (of Serbs at Krajina)
    NATO BOMBED Bosnia 1995, NATO BOMBED Iran 1998 (airliner)
    NATO BOMBED Sudan 1998, NATO BOMBED Afghanistan 1998
    NATO BOMBED Yugoslavia 1999, NATO BOMBED Afghanistan 2001-02
    NATO BOMBED Iraq 2002-06, NATO BOMBED Libya 2011
    NATO BOMBED Syria 2013-19

  7. Hail says: • Website
    @Neko

    I see you are not counting Kosovo.

    Oh, our ‘Good Muslims’ in Kosovo! A US client state(let), almost completely ethnically cleansed of its Christians, a situation implicitly enforced by the US bayonet.

    I see that Kosovo is down to 1,750,000 population today, down from a 2008 peak of 2,150,000. Where have they exported their excess Muslims to?

    • Replies: @Neko
  8. Neko says:
    @Hail

    Is there anything to count? A client it may be, but its not a state, not even close. Not a nation at all either, as there is no such thing as Kosovar nationality, their nation is Albanian.

    Suggesting the research, maybe I should be the one elaborating as to why. Not even all EU countries recognize the narco fake state of Kosovo, let alone the rising world powers Russia and China. Not to mention that nowadays there is also a small but significant number of countries withdrawing their recognition of “Kosovo”.

    The point is, if a serious writer is writing an article like this, he might as well go a bit deeper in his research, so as to not seem superficial in some details, not to mention that this is a perfect way to, completely without grounds or reason, insult a part of his readers who otherwise share the same opinion.

    And by the way, its Kosovo and Metohija. (J is pronounced like Y in English).

    If the author reads this, I would even maybe like to suggest an edit, at least for the sake of credibility.

    Oh, by the way, they are all in Germany and Switzerland these days.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  9. Smith says:

    NATO is currently an ineffective organization and isn’t what it was in the Cold War.

    It’s an US racket. IMO, every countries should start investing in their military instead of depending on NATO/US.

    • Replies: @Johann
  10. anon[159] • Disclaimer says:

    The simple fact is, Europe and Asia aren’t going to want to be ruled over by a non-European USA held together through tyranny, censorship*, and a toxic ideology of racial hatred against those of European descent. They won’t say that directly, but it’s true. They’ll invent some other excuse to dump the USA; it will happen. You’re seeing the first stages of that now. In fact, I would say American belligerence towards Russia is partly to blame; it’s an accelerant, to be sure.

    It’s not in Europe’s best interest to platform an aggressive, corrupt, delusional, and incompetent empire that might use European soil to launch another devastating war on their continent (Russia). American rhetoric is making that a distinct possibility, so they should be evicted from the continent before they can start a nuclear war. Just witness David Frum, someone not born a US citizen, recently questioning Tucker Carlson’s loyalty (he claimed it was in Moscow). They are deranged.

    Elements of Europe are getting antsy while Japan’s PM is the most active in modern history, flying all around the world making alliances and preparing for the day when the US collapses like the Soviet Union — all but inevitable now. The sad thing is, they did this to themselves. Most of the USA’s problems are self-inflicted. I’d say the US Empire has maybe 15 more years of life. Twenty, tops. Over the next two decades, China will successfully evict the US from critical commercial, cultural**, and geostrategic areas around the world. Meanwhile, the seeds of the demographic revolution US elites planted back in the 1960s will begin to sprout. In the 2020s and 2030s, the US will embrace all manner of disastrous economic policies on the backs of poor block-voting minorities, greatly worsening the country’s fiscal situation and, possibly, leading to a reduced role for the US dollar in global markets. … and this is just one of many problems I foresee. Dark times ahead

    *YouTube/CIA is now blatantly trying to rig news coverage. Not only do they force American mobile phone users to view recommended “news” videos whenever they visit the site logged out of their accounts, but those videos are also heavily promoting CNN and MSNBC. I just counted an incredible SEVEN videos combined from those sources in my feed and not one from Fox News. They are also recommending VOA government-funded propaganda videos intended for foreign audiences within the United States. Oh, and then there’s the latest round of ADL-inspired bannings on the platform. They’re a hate group with loyalties in Tel Aviv, and they should be banned and removed from American soil as a result. Have a problem with that comment? Consult David Frum.

    **Made all the easier considering the wokeness flowing through Hollywood right now. The list of properties damaged by this hateful ideology is breathtaking: Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator, Doctor Who (BBC), James Bond, Charlie’s Angels, The Watchmen, the entire comic book industry, much of YA fiction, lots of video game franchises, etc. China will dominate one day when creators can use Chinese AI companies to make movies with photo-realistic CGI, realistic AI language translations and voice modulation. And that day is definitely coming. Say goodbye to US cultural dominance by 2035.

    On top of that, the US doesn’t really seem to be able to create much of anything new anymore, so I don’t think they will be competitive in the future when AI dominates the filmmaking process. The overwhelming majority of the best creative people in the United States are white males. When they can’t create for their own demographic — because they are often denied opportunities, fear they may be attacked by SJWs, and fear their properties will be appropriated from them — then nothing much new gets created. Thus, Hollywood has been forced to sustain itself in recent years on endless remakes and reboots. That can’t last forever, and the public is getting sick of it, too. White audiences are so desperate to escape woke supremacy they just went out this past weekend to see Frozen 2, which unexpectedly smashed several box office records as a result.

    • Replies: @Crawfurdmuir
  11. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Neko

    Don’t hold your breath awaiting an edit or other response — the Beltway Narrative on such things is intended by “Mr. Paleoconservative.”

    And that’s why Mr. Buchanan is no longer a “serious writer.” He occasionally reprises something worthwhile, but has semi-retired as Stagehand Right, labeling nations and leaders resistant to Washington as “authoritarian, dictator, etc.” and herding his dwindling flock of sheeple to vote GOP in the next Most Important Election Ever.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  12. Johann says:
    @Smith

    I believe a British Statesman at the founding of NATO described that the purpose of NATO is to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.

    • Replies: @Smith
  13. @peterAUS

    Your first bullet point “kept Russia at bay since the Cold War began” refers specifically to Germany. Turning it around, why won’t Germany keep Washington at bay instead? The war in Europe has been over for nearly 75 years, with the US still occupying that defeated “colony.”

    Who, today, is the enemy of the German people? Is it the US Empire, which still has 35,000 unneeded soldiers stationed there, or is it Russia, which has none? I guess one could say the troops are good for the German economy. Otherwise they are just an obsolete occupying force and yet another drain on the US taxpayer.

    Macron, I think, speaks the truth. Angela Merkel is the one who should be impeached.

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  14. peterAUS says:
    @anonymous

    ….herding his dwindling flock of sheeple to vote GOP in the next Most Important Election Ever.

    Yep.

    Not quite sure about “dwindling” though. Just have a feeling that, when the moment comes, 99 % of “conservatives/alt-light/whatever” will bite their tongues and vote for Trump.

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
  15. anon[246] • Disclaimer says:

    “As far as we know, there are 6 states:”

    Now, but Yugoslavia originally included the Socialist Republic of Macedonia. That’s where the seven comes from. Serbia also included two autonomous regions, so the number could go higher depending upon how (and when) you want to phrase the division.

    “That would also require some serious research and maybe checking some facts.”

    Checking facts means more than copypasting the first link you find.

  16. “But that Cold War is long over. Berlin is the united free capital of Germany. ”

    Berlin is undoubtedly in Communist hands.

  17. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:

    “semi-retired as Stagehand Right, labeling nations and leaders resistant to Washington as “authoritarian, dictator, etc.” and herding his dwindling flock of sheeple to vote GOP in the next Most Important Election Ever.”

    Anyone who says that doesn’t know what he’s talking about and should be ignored as a result. Buchanan has consistently had the right (non-interventionist) foreign policy since at least the Gulf War back in the early 1990s. His judgement has been far and away superior to nearly every American political figure. Further, you write to your audience. Buchanan’s audience consists of recovering warmongers disillusioned over continual conflict and patriotic types that could still be deceived by the ruling class should they want to start another war. The art of rhetoric involves convincing people that you’re on their side. That means careful phrasing such that you can’t be dismissed as someone with dual loyalties. Please refrain from commenting if you don’t understand that concept.

    “Correction”

    No such correction is required. He was pretty much correct in his article. The poster copied a description he found on Yugoslavia. There are ways of counting the breakup such that you get a number higher than six.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  18. El Dato says:

    Serious NATO is serious, as the US like the festering corpse of an empire that it is:

    1) Feels personally “insulted” by events
    2) Threatens companies, people, garden gnomes and flower pots with “sanctions”
    3) Makes noises that fit well with a mobster outfit
    4) Generally has much traction on reality as “economic stimulus” money generated by the Federal Reserve

    ‘We did not boycott US firms during NSA scandal’: German minister defends move to include Huawei in country’s 5G network

    …. That said, the minister’s comments infuriated US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who has been one of the most strident voices pushing Berlin to exile Huawei from its networks. The diplomatic mission issued a vague but menacing statement on Monday reminding that the thousands of American troops stationed in Germany are liable to take offense at such careless talk. “The recent claims by senior German officials that the United States is equivalent to the Chinese Communist Party are an insult to the thousands of American troops who help ensure Germany’s security,” Grenell said in the statement.

    Fake and Gay!

    ‘Erdogan thumbs his nose at Trump’: US senator says Turkey crossed ‘another red line’ with S-400 test, calls for new sanctions

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is mocking the US and has crossed a new “red line” as Ankara decided to start testing its S-400 air defense systems, a US senator said, calling for new sanctions against Turkey.

    Turkey’s persistence in its desire to actually use the armaments it procured from Russia was bemoaned by US Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in a bitter tweet.The official said that Ankara’s push for testing radars of the S-400 systems just two weeks after Erdogan’s visit to the US is an insult to Washington and open mockery of the US president.

    The senator called upon Trump to impose sanctions on Ankara over this behavior, as well as remembering the Syrian Kurdish-led militias – once the main US ally in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

    Fake and Gay!

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  19. dfordoom says: • Website
    @anon

    Further, you write to your audience. Buchanan’s audience consists of recovering warmongers disillusioned over continual conflict and patriotic types that could still be deceived by the ruling class should they want to start another war. The art of rhetoric involves convincing people that you’re on their side. That means careful phrasing such that you can’t be dismissed as someone with dual loyalties.

    Good point.

  20. dfordoom says: • Website
    @El Dato

    “The recent claims by senior German officials that the United States is equivalent to the Chinese Communist Party are an insult to the thousands of American troops who help ensure Germany’s security,” Grenell said in the statement.

    It’s an insult to the Chinese Communist Party.

    • Agree: Mike P, foolisholdman
  21. Brain dead.
    Got no bread.
    Club red.
    Migrant bled.
    That said,
    No more cred.

  22. Neko says:
    @anon

    That’s up to you. Imagination is and should be free for everyone.

    Yet, I have a feeling that this is a post about reality, not about some fantasy novel. So, the hard facts remain, Yugoslavia broke into six countries…

    Count it however you want, law is law, facts are facts. Autonomous regions are not countries. I suggest reading the UN 1224 resolution, as well as doing a bit more reading on the topic. Same goes for the author, if he “just copied the description he found on Yugoslavia”, it goes long way in explaining the seriousness and trustworthiness of the facts he is using, and, consequently, of the conclusions such facts lead him to.

    And yes, if you bothered to read the comment, NM was included in the listing. NM makes the sixth. As for the autonomous regions, thats all they are. Kosovo and Metohija are an autonomous region at least until resolution 1244 exists, or until Serbia recognizes Kosovo.

    Seems our Mr. Buchanan knows as much about international law as does the alliance he is discussing.

  23. Vaterland says:

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and has relied on the U.S. and NATO to keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began, is said to be enraged at the “disruptive politics” of the French president

    .

    Angela Merkel, formerly Angela Kasner and ethnically Polish from her family line of the Kasmierczaks who fought against Germany in both world wars is an even more obscene Ziocon puppet than the Rothschild bankier Macron it seems. She really worked for her B’nai B’rith and Theodor Hertzel prizes. But what to expect from a women who went personally to Bush when Gerhard Schröder was still chancellor to assure him, that with her as chancellor Germany would have joined the US in the second Iraq War. And who, on the other hand transformed, the formerly conservative CDU into a social democrat party with far left elements with her squad of yesmen and cronies. The best symbol for her is undoubtedly the moment where a camera caught her throwing away the German flag in disgust at a victory celebration of her transformed CDU.

    Berlin is the united free capital of Germany.

    I’m not sure, if this is supposed to be some inside joke I am not getting. Berlin is dominated by NGOs, lobbyists and most importantly trans-atlantic think tanks and networks like the Atlantic Bridge, the Aspen Institute, the German Marshall Fund and Georg Soros Open Society Foundation.
    Not to mention less official rumor like the “Kanzlerakte/chancellor file” which is supposedly determining Germany’s policy directives directly by the United States and which’s existence Egon Barr had confirmed once.

    But even the closest politician to last somewhat sovereign chancellor Helmut Kohl, Willy Wimmer, confirmed the general situation. West-Germany with its capital in Bonn was somewhat independent, although that had been an independence by the grace of the occupying power. Today Germany is a full vassal state of the United States and a sad, sad caricature of its former glory in rapid decline. Maybe embodied by nothing better than Berlin itself: a dirty city, a net-loss to the economy as the only capital in all of Europe, and governed by a terrible political coalition of communists, social democrats and “greens” most similar to Miss Cortez.

    It is also under full Ziocon control by proxy through the USA, ruled by an effective one-party state mirroring the US government, its elites interchangeable – for example Friedrich Merz the alternative to AKK as Merkel’s successor as head of the CDU is the Blackrock investment lobbiyst and head of the Atlantic Bridge – and of course the “Alternative for Germany” is also a full on Zionist party.

    The explanation why many Europeans by now rightfully reject the existence of NATO is, that it has turned from a defensive alliance against the Soviet Union into a pure military arm of US imperialism and its nature is disastrous for Europe.

    And yet I am also surprised Buchanan claims not to know why Ukraine is of vital strategic interest for the USA. Zbigniew Brzezinski described it clearly in the grand chess board: it is the key country to dominate Eurasia and to contain Russia. The Neocons surrounding Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland, wife of PNAC founder Robert Kagan, and the deep state cronies surrounding her who most likely started a coup in 2014 certainly knew this. – Again NATO equals US Imperialism, nothing else. Freeloading on the US defense budget is a sick, sick joke as US troops currently occupy Europe and dominate especially the entire political program of Germany with an obscene and ugly marionette like Angela Kasmierczak at the helm of the government. Distasteful, horrendous, immoral, oppressive and harmful.

  24. Vaterland says:

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and has relied on the U.S. and NATO to keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began, is said to be enraged at the “disruptive politics” of the French president

    .

    Angela Merkel, formerly Angela Kasner and ethnically Polish from her family line of the Kasmierczaks who fought against Germany in both world wars is an even more obscene Ziocon puppet than the Rothschild bankier Macron it seems. She really worked for her B’nai B’rith and Theodor Hertzel prizes. But what to expect from a women who went personally to Bush when Gerhard Schröder was still chancellor to assure him, that with her as chancellor Germany would have joined the US in the second Iraq War. And who, on the other hand transformed, the formerly conservative CDU into a social democrat party with far left elements with her squad of yesmen and cronies. The best symbol for her is undoubtedly the moment where a camera caught her throwing away the German flag in disgust at a victory celebration of her transformed CDU.

    Berlin is the united free capital of Germany.

    I’m not sure, if this is supposed to be some inside joke I am not getting. Berlin is dominated by NGOs, lobbyists and most importantly trans-atlantic think tanks and networks like the Atlantic Bridge, the Aspen Institute, the German Marshall Fund and Georg Soros Open Society Foundation.
    Not to mention less official rumor like the “Kanzlerakte/chancellor file” which is supposedly determining Germany’s policy directives directly by the United States and which’s existence Egon Barr had confirmed once.

    But even the closest politician to last somewhat sovereign chancellor Helmut Kohl, Willy Wimmer, confirmed the general situation. West-Germany with its capital in Bonn was somewhat independent, although that had been an independence by the grace of the occupying power. Today Germany is a full vassal state of the United States and a sad, sad caricature of its former glory in rapid decline. Maybe embodied by nothing better than Berlin itself: a dirty city, a net-loss to the economy as the only capital in all of Europe, and governed by a terrible political coalition of communists, social democrats and “greens” most similar to Miss Cortez.

    It is also under full Ziocon control by proxy through the USA, ruled by an effective one-party state mirroring the US government, its elites interchangeable – for example Friedrich Merz the alternative to AKK as Merkel’s successor as head of the CDU is the Blackrock investment lobbiyst and head of the Atlantic Bridge – and of course the “Alternative for Germany” is also a full on Zionist party.

    The explanation why many Europeans by now rightfully reject the existence of NATO is, that it has turned from a defensive alliance against the Soviet Union into a pure military arm of US imperialism and its nature is disastrous for Europe.

    And yet I am also surprised Buchanan claims not to know why Ukraine is of vital strategic interest for the USA. Zbigniew Brzezinski described it clearly in the grand chess board: it is the key country to dominate Eurasia and to contain Russia. The Neocons surrounding Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland, wife of PNAC founder Robert Kagan, and the deep state cronies surrounding her who most likely started a coup in 2014 certainly knew this. – Again NATO equals US Imperialism, nothing else. Freeloading on the US defense budget is a sick, sick joke as US troops currently occupy Europe and dominate especially the entire political program of Germany with an obscene and ugly marionette like Angela Kasmierczak at the helm of the government. Horrendous, immoral, oppressive and harmful.

  25. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    “Anyone who says that doesn’t know what he’s talking about and should be ignored as a result.”

    And that’s why you didn’t use the correct REPLY button?

    • Replies: @anon
  26. Anon[244] • Disclaimer says:

    We have brought in the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but not Finland or Sweden. We have committed ourselves to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro but not Serbia, Bosnia or North Macedonia.

    Romania and Bulgaria are NATO allies but not Moldova or Belarus.

    1- NATO wants to be in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to counter the Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 undersea pipeline connecting St. Petersburg, Russia, directly to Germany.

    2 – NATO wants to control Albania, Makedonia (south), Bulgaria, (Ouzbekistan) to build the AMBO pipeline of Dick Cheney and friends, intended to make Iraq’s oil flow through the Balkans to the Adriatic Sea with the help of the US base Bondsteel in the nacro-human trafficking, fake state of Kosovo (or Kosova, as Hillary says):

    AMBO pipeline: Bondsteel Camp: Kosovo Independence. American Game Behind It:

    Russian gas pipeline to Germany sows divisions in Europe and beyond

    https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-russia-nordstream2-gas-pipeline-20190625-story.html

  27. Anon[244] • Disclaimer says:

    We have committed ourselves to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro but not Serbia, Bosnia or North Macedonia.

    ALBANIA is especially important for NATO as the country hosts the MEK terrorist group:

    Why Did Saudis Decide to Expand Their Relations with Albania?

    “The Americans lured the Albanian officials into hosting the MEK by donating a $25 million package which was offered to Albania under the pretext of promoting reforms in the country. Furthermore, another $20 million was donated to the UN refugee agency by the U.S. to help resettle the MEK in Albania.

    The MEK which had pledged to refrain from conducting any political activities against Iran in exchange for the group’s resettlement in Albania soon forgot its pledge and started massive constructions in its headquarters near Tirana where the group’s meetings with Albanian and European political figures were held later with an aim to hurt Tehran’s interests.

    Saudi Arabia is another country with interests in Albania. Saudi relationships with the MEK became public when Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former chief of Saudi Arabai’s intelligence agency, praised the group after participating in MEK’s annual gatherings in 2016 and 2017 in Paris. ”

    https://ahtribune.com/world/europe/3547-saudi-relations-with-albania.html

  28. joe2.5 says:

    “George W. Bush kept us out of the 2008 Russia-Georgia clash over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
    A highly murderous clash that was directly provoked by the US, following a government takeover directly engineered and financed by the US.

    “And Barack Obama refused to send lethal aid to help Ukraine retrieve Crimea, Luhansk or Donetsk”
    After having directly instigated, participated in and financed, in plain daylight, a coup that resulted in a civil war, still ongoing. Some restraint, Bush and Obama, eh?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @WorkingClass
  29. @anon

    The simple fact is, Europe and Asia aren’t going to want to be ruled over by a non-European USA held together through tyranny, censorship*, and a toxic ideology of racial hatred against those of European descent.

    Do you seriously believe that Macron, Merkel, Juncker, et al., do not share the same “toxic ideology of racial hatred against those of European descent” that we observe among the governing class here? Aren’t most of the EU countries under comparatively greater tyranny and censorship than is the USA?

    • Replies: @jhan
  30. Smith says:
    @Johann

    Aye, but at least it was something in the Cold War.

    Now the Bundeswehr is in a very sorry state. And only due to politics!

    • Replies: @Mike P
  31. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @joe2.5

    More “careful phrasing” from Mr. Buchanan, who’s going to make things Right again any decade now if we don’t blow his cover.

    If you don’t understand that, ask anon[307].

  32. Vladimir Putin made the same point more pointedly and directly a dozen years ago, to the assembled European leaders at the European Security conference, to which he had been invited as a courtesy. He pointed out that because of the fall of the Soviet Union and the East Bloc, NATO was an obsolete idea and a threat to stability.

    For his candor and lack of preconceptions, he was literally laughed at in that gathering, and has been made public enemy #1 in the West ever since.

  33. “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”- Lord Palmerston, Britain statesman and prime minister

    During the Cold War NATO served the defined interests of its members. That is no longer the case. History goes in cycles and the period 1945-1991 was one of peace (or relative peace). The two superpowers avoided world war three because they were able to avoid the scenario where one faced an inescapable existential threat that forced them to escalate to open conflict. Today events are far less predictable and controllable. And when one event leads to another “the consequence is a major war with a nuclear power.”
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  34. @anon

    Pat Buchanan is fairly balanced and insightful as opposed to crass Neocons and sundry.

  35. @follyofwar

    U.S. troops aren’t even popular in Western Europe for obvious reasons like in Japan.

    Cavalese cable car disaster (1998)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalese_cable_car_disaster_(1998)

  36. Mike P says:
    @Smith

    Now the Bundeswehr is in a very sorry state. And only due to politics!

    I think this is on purpose – this way, they can avoid being drawn into yet more US-orchestrated military misadventures.

  37. Mike P says:

    Macron is simply doing the bidding of his puppet masters. The underlying problem is this:

    Is Military Recruiting the Canary in the Mine Shaft? America: Dumb, Fat, Sick, Criminal and Girlie Boy

    The PTB realize they effed up America so much that the U.S. military will no longer be able to fight their wars, so now they want to recruit the Europeans, who are not yet as far gone. It’s got zero to do with “defence.”

    • Replies: @Herald
  38. Macron is shit. NATO is shit. The EU is shit. Imperial Washington is shit.

    Too charitable I know. I tend to mellow around the holiday season.

    • LOL: Buck Ransom
  39. @joe2.5

    Exactly. Thanks Joe.

    But really no president since they killed JFK has been the author of US foreign policy.

  40. MEexpert says:

    Following the 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has purged scores of thousands from his army and regime, jailed more journalists than any other authoritarian, purchased Vladimir Putin’s S-400 missile system as Turkey’s air defense, and ordered the U.S. forces out of his way as he invaded northern Syria, killing Kurdish fighters who did the bleeding and dying in the U.S.-led campaign to crush the ISIS caliphate.

    Hell of a long sentence.

    I know the article is about NATO but I cannot let go of this thing about US crushing ISIS, either in Syria or IRAQ. In Syria, it was Russia, Iran, Syria, and Hizbullah that defeated ISIS. US supported Kurds may have fought ISIS for self preservation. US, as you may recall, along with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel was supporting ISIS. Turkey, with full knowledge of the US, was transporting ISIS stolen oil by Erdogan’s son. Israel was providing medical treatment to ISIS soldiers, and Saudi Arabia was supplying the money and US was supplying the weapons.

    In Iraq, it was Iran, and the Shiite volunteer forces that defeated ISIS in less than three years. Recall, that a US general had told the US senate that it will take 30 to 40 years to defeat ISIS.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  41. Art says:

    Clearly the answer is to invite Russia into NATO. Russia is a Euro Western Christian nation. Russia is not a crazy commie country bent on world domination.

    The world has two real badass nations, who think in old world terms, with a chip on their shoulder —- China and Israel. Both are arrogant trouble-makers, with leaders and citizens who have something against the world.

    Think Peace — Do No Harm — Art

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  42. MEexpert says:
    @Art

    The world has two real badass nations, who think in old world terms, with a chip on their shoulder —- China and Israel. Both are arrogant trouble-makers, with leaders and citizens who have something against the world.

    You forgot the biggest bully in the world. Arrogance doesn’t begin to describe the US of A. “You do as we say or else we will have sanctions imposed on you.” Every day US imposes sanctions on people or countries. You sneeze and we impose sanction. This is arrogance. We meddle in every county’s internal affairs. China does not have more than 160 bases around the world. As for trouble makers the US/Israel duo does not have their equal.

    • Replies: @Anon1999
    , @KenH
  43. @MEexpert

    You are correct as one would expect from an expert. I thank you. The U.S. did not defeat ISIS. The U.S. created and sustained ISIS although they may have become a bit uppity at the peak of their power.

    The victors in the Syrian wars are at the top of their game. Trump’s sanctions will not destroy them although they might destroy the American Dollar. Only Russia can insure Israel’s continued existence. I would think the Joos would cease attacking Putin’s and China’s ally in the ME. What say Ye?

  44. Frog says:

    European officials who look drunk and senile sing NATO We are the World below.

    They seem happy celebrating the fact that millions died or were displaced due to all the NATO agressions.

    That’s completely disgusting.

    As a citizen of Quebec, when they ask me to work for bilateral deals concluded between the European Union and the United States via Quebec (for the french IMF connection of Mrs Lagarde), or bilateral agreements between the European Union and Mercosur via Quebec (again for the french, or latin, ”IMF connection” of Mrs Lagarde), i find them so dumb and repugnant that i want to retire completely.

    Instead they should sing We are the profiteers, We are Lockheed, We are BAE! What a bunch of auld morons

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  45. Europe is being invaded and colonized by Africa. But instead, dumbass NATO is fixated on Russia that gave up not only its Warsaw Pact satellites but entire republics that were once part of USSR at the end of the Cold War.

    The new armies are called immigrant and migrants. Maybe they should be called immiGRUNTS and miGRUNTS. The foot-soldiers of globalism.

  46. Anon1999 says:
    @MEexpert

    China doesn’t have military bases all around the world. China didn’t drop bombs on Serbia for 78 days in 1999. China didn’t invade Iraq in 2003.

    • Replies: @MEexpert
  47. NATO is a bureaucracy which has lost its original raison d’etre, If it ever really had one. Yet it continues to exist, and, like all bureaucracies continues to expand. Such is the nature of bureaucracies. This was well noted by Joseph Schumpeter:

    ”In ancient Egypt a class of professional soldiers formed during the war against Hyskos persisted even when these wars were over, along with its warlike instincts and interests … created by the wars that required it, the machine now created the wars that it required.”

    In sociological theory this is called goal displacement. The means tend to become the ends. When all said and done NATO is basically a gravy train with nonentities like Stoltenberg in control.

  48. The thought of British soldiers dying for Albania is insane, but not more insane than British soldiers, money, training and weapons going to the “moderate rebels” in Syria, which has actually happened.

    You do wonder what our armed forces are for, both in the US and the UK. They’re certainly not defending their nations from invasion.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @foolisholdman
  49. anon[180] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    And that’s why you didn’t use the correct REPLY button?

    The “correct” reply button may not work depending upon the security setting of the anonymization software you are using. Once again, if you don’t understand what you’re talking about, please refrain from commenting. There are better places for those types of posters, namely Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter.

  50. KenH says:

    Among the reasons Trump is president is that he raised provocative questions about NATO and Russia left unaddressed for three decades

    And as we’ve seen Trump’s all hat and no cattle. The Warsaw Pact dissolved almost immediately and so should NATO. This told me that the old Soviet propaganda about American imperialism was based largely on fact.

    It’s time for the Europeans to regain their manhood and learn to fight for themselves. Since the end of WWII America has made Western Europe reliant upon them for protection so it’s hypocritical for America to get mad at Europe for not having the will to defend themselves.

  51. KenH says:
    @MEexpert

    This is arrogance

    More like hubris but otherwise I agree. America has become a law onto itself much like Israel which shouldn’t surprise since it is they and their powerful domestic lobby who call the foreign policy shots.

    I don’t recognize my country anymore and hope that like the Soviet Union it simply collapses of its own dead weight sooner than later.

  52. MEexpert says:
    @Anon1999

    China doesn’t have military bases all around the world. China didn’t drop bombs on Serbia for 78 days in 1999. China didn’t invade Iraq in 2003.

    Where did I say China did? Here is what I said, “China does not have more than 160 bases around the world.”

    • Replies: @anon1999
  53. jhan says:
    @Crawfurdmuir

    You are right, there is no real ideological difference.

    Cultural Marxism is extremely dominant in the western world.

    More and more of it is translated into laws and international treaties, binding future generations to come.

  54. Herald says:
    @Mike P

    so now they want to recruit the Europeans, who are not yet as far gone.

    But European males are not lagging too far behind their US counterparts in the “effed up” stakes and are already no match for Russia, China or even Iran should the PTB decide to make the need arise.

  55. H. So. says:

    As a fighting faith, communism is dead in Europe. Why then are we Americans still over there?

    Since the Cold War, we have doubled the size of NATO. We have brought in the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but not Finland or Sweden. We have committed ourselves to fight for Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro but not Serbia, Bosnia or North Macedonia.

    Romania and Bulgaria are NATO allies but not Moldova or Belarus.

    Hi there. I think that NATO and its US/UK bankers are probably in Europe to compete economically with China, Russia, and Iran. That’s an economic war between the BRICs and the West..

    So NATO and the US/UK bankers are in Europe:

    – to buy a couple of years to the US dollar through the sale of weapons and drugs via US military bases.

    – to build energy corridors like the AMBO pipeline (from Iraq, Ouzbekistan, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, to the sea) and therefore bypass Russia’s Gazprom.

    – to bypass the BRI economic corridor built by the Chinese, due to pass through Germany in the North, and to reach Greece in the South, where the Chinese bought numerous sea ports a decade ago.

    – to compete with the EU, and the bilateral agreements it has concluded with Latin America (e.g., the Mercosur-EU FTAs). The British Chamber of Commerce is now installed in Mexico, with its Loyds and HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, under the usual pretext of climate change (or renewable energy).

    May i add this article, which brings some complementary information explaining why NATO is in Europe:

    Eastern Europe Is Turning into an Energy Battleground

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/eastern-europe-turning-energy-battleground/5696304

  56. anon1999 says:
    @MEexpert

    Got it wrong. We are on the same page.

  57. NATO/OTAN is pure evil. They’re disposing of nuclear waste by dispersing it in the environment during their wars as so-called depleted uranium munitions, along with numerous other war crimes they commit.

  58. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and has relied on the U.S. and NATO to keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began, …

    This from a man who wrote extensively about what came before the cold war is surprising.

    Make up your mind, sir: do you want Germany with a weak or a strong military?

  59. @YetAnotherAnon

    “The thought of British soldiers dying for Albania is insane”

    No more insane than their dying for Belgians or Poles.

    • Replies: @Matra
  60. @YetAnotherAnon

    You do wonder what our armed forces are for, both in the US and the UK. They’re certainly not defending their nations from invasion.

    The purpose of any country, at any time in history or the future, in having a military, is to keep the ruling class of that country in power. The first, so-to-say targets of any military, are the ruled classes of its own country. “Defence against foreign aggression”, is mostly an excuse for its existence. Of course there are occasions when the foreign aggressor is a real threat, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

    Ruling classes surround themselves with many layers of protection: police, judiciary, education, myths (e.g. the Divine Right of Kings), religion, (In modern times) media and Weapons of Mass Distraction, secret services and finally, if all else fails, Armed Forces. (I may have missed some!)

    In modern Europe the final, fall-back protective wall is NATO.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  61. Cking says:

    Oh yea, Macron is right, but not as an enlightened pacifist; remember a few years ago, he was proposing a European Army, in addition to or despite US led NATO, as the low-born, Americains, under Trump’s administration, were not willing to fund and defend the EU’s freedoms. No, France, as Macron now sees it, just can’t afford spending more money on their own military and/or any more expansion of NATO. Russia’s not so bad and her exclusion from Europe no longer serves geopolitical objectives. China is the bigger conundrum to the West now, no need to create enemies where there is no benefit and therefore unnecessary.

    The biggest Elephant in the room is the Central Banker looting offensive against all of Europe and the United States. The same system that performed the rape of Russia during the Yeltsin era has been raping Europe and the United States through International/Wall St.’s subterfuge, since at least the Clinton Administration; the 2008 Financial Meltdown should have informed the American citizenry’s perspective; yet Obama’s charm and reflation policy saved Wall St. not Main St. Add the Fed’s ‘War, because War is profitable’ policy and we have to ask ourselves what are ‘they’ doing? The Dems Impeachment Offensive is supposed to provide cover; Pelosi, Schumer, and Schiff are irrational, doing everything they can to keep things as they are, by wrecking the Trump presidency and destabilizing the US government. France is in a very precarious state, a very fragile nation, that threatens Macron’s own life. It’s ridiculous that every one of the ‘leaders’ Macron, Merkel, including Trump, will not order the reorganization of the trans-Atlantic financial and banking system. Millions of lives are in peril. Now it’s possible that the leaders are going to discuss the trans-Atlantic system, however, the American people had better be prepared to make that necessary political intervention. Contact your political representation. Contact the President. We’re wasting time.

  62. Matra says:
    @Bill Jones

    They didn’t die for Belgium or Poland. There are no important British geopolitical concerns in Albania comparable to Belgium 1914 or Poland 1939 as the only (two?) countries Albania has a dispute with are not capable of exercising hegemony over Europe.

  63. “They didn’t die for Belgium or Poland.”

    Britain attacked Germany in 1914 using the treaty with “Plucky little Belgium” as an excuse.

    Britain attacked Germany in 1939 using the treaty with Poland as an excuse.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @dfordoom
  64. Anon[930] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill Jones

    Britain attacked Germany in 1914 using the treaty with “Plucky little Belgium” as an excuse.

    Yes, Mons is one of the oldest and quaintest of those beautiful little German towns, and the Marne is noted as one of Germany’s more significant rivers.

  65. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Bill Jones

    Britain attacked Germany in 1939 using the treaty with Poland as an excuse.

    Delusional thinking, popular among the Hitler fanboys.

    I’m no fan of the British, in fact I despise them, but the absolute last thing Britain wanted in 1939 was war.

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