4 Reasons to Leave NATO
The defensive alliance has become an aggressor
You may dislike President Trump and his Administration for a variety of reasons. The majority of American do. I do on several important issues. But your reasons, and my reasons, are not the Beltway Establishment’s reasons. They hate Trump because they want a perpetual Cold War with Russia. For all his faults, Trump wants to end it, and he’s right.
That’s the origin of Russia-gate. That Trump wanted to change the course of American foreign policy is the only “evidence” of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. After all, who in their right mind doesn’t want to continue the hostilities? The Russians somehow got to Trump! There’s no other possible explanation!
And when it was revealed that Trump has often discussed pulling out of NATO, the critics shouted, “See! See! This will benefit Putin! Trump is Putin’s puppet!”
But Trump is right. Antagonism with Russia makes the world a more dangerous place, and helps justify an absurdly large Military-Industrial Complex.
And Trump is probably more right about NATO than he realizes. NATO is not necessary to the defense of the United States, and other member states are wealthy enough to defend themselves individually or collectively.
NATO isn’t even a defense alliance anymore. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s become an expansionist institution and a destabilizing force in the world. There are solid reasons to leave NATO.
First, NATO has expanded its membership eastward with the sole intention of isolating Russia. It has even toyed with the idea of adding former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia. Longstanding grievances and nationalist disputes in Eastern Europe could flare up into a full-scale war with Russia which the U.S. would be obliged to fight, even if our allies were the instigators. This weakens, not strengthens, our national security.
Second, NATO is an aggressor. In 1999 under cover of NATO, President Bill Clinton launched an air war against the Serbian part of then-Yugoslavia, supposedly to stop its “ethnic cleansing” in Kosovo. No such thing was taking place. Yugoslavia’s leader Slobodan Milosevic was fighting to keep his country together. It was a civil war. It was brutal. A few thousand were killed. Not tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands.
That’s the way civil wars go. For those who want an international system of sovereign states, what can be more destabilizing then one group of countries (such as NATO) aiding rebels and secessionists in another country?
Yes, there was a refugee crisis in Kosovo that could have destabilizing factor in Europe, but that occurred only after the NATO assault began. NATO’s attempt at serving as Europe’s policeman backfired.
It should also be noted that Greece, the NATO member closest to the conflict, opposed the bombing campaign in Serbia. The cultures and interests of NATO member countries are too diverse. NATO was effective in the one common interest they had, defense against possible Soviet aggression. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, so did NATO’s reason for being.
Third, NATO lies. This was clear in its unprovoked war on Libya. President Obama claimed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was hell-bent on killing his own people, when in fact he promised to pardon rebels who laid down their weapons, and had not previously targeted civilians in Libya’s civil war.
As a result of that war, the slave trade was reopened, refugees fled to Europe, and arms were sent to forces that became ISIS. NATO, now expanding its role to serve as policeman of north Africa, made things unimaginably worse. U.S. involvement in that war was flagrantly illegal under the Constitution and the War Powers Act, and Obama should have been impeached for it.
Fourth, who in their right mind wants an alliance with Turkey? Its pivot away from secularism toward Islam underscores that its culture is not like our own. Its enemies (e.g., the Kurds) are not our enemies. Its interests, particularly in the Middle East, are not our interests. Turkey’s meddling in the Middle East could invite retaliation. Should an attack on Turkey be viewed as an attack on NATO? Why should U.S. treasure and possibly blood be spent to defend the dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
NATO has outlived its usefulness. All it can do now is ensnare the U.S. in wars it has no business fighting. It’s time to leave.