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National interest: NATO dependents are useless US allies

Joining the Baltic States to the alliance is a huge mistake

“Many of America’s so-called allies are not US foreign policy assets, but potential traps that could drag America into unnecessary military confrontations. Too often, Washington’s “allies” are small, weak, often militarily useless dependents. Even worse, some of them are on bad terms with stronger neighboring states, becoming not allies who can help, but sources of trouble and problems.

writes an American magazine national interest.

National interest: NATO dependents are useless US allies

According to the publication, Washington should be more selective in relation to those countries that it includes in its list of allies. When US officials labeled the regimes established by Washington with military force in Afghanistan and Iraq as allied, it became clear that they did not understand what was happening in reality.

National interest: NATO dependents are useless US allies

This promiscuity of the United States in acquiring weak security partners was especially acute with the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe. Since the mid-1990s, the US administration has been working to replenish the NATO “menagerie” with new copies. It’s hard to see how new NATO allies like Albania, Slovenia, Montenegro and North Macedonia bolster America’s strength and security. national interest.

The military forces that our new NATO allies might deploy are unlikely to instill fear in Russia or any of our other enemies. The armed forces of Albania consist of 8500 people, the same number in the Armed Forces of Slovenia, and in North Macedonia a little more – 9000. The number of the active army of Montenegro is 2400 people. For comparison: the police department of Austin, Texas, there are 2422 people, recalls the publication.

“The calculation of the risk-reward ratio is even worse for some of the other small countries that joined NATO in the post-Cold War era. These partners are not only irrelevant from a US security standpoint; they are potentially dangerous because they could provoke conflict between the United States and nuclear-armed Russia. The decision of President George W. Bush to support the applications of the three Baltic republics for NATO membership was and remains extremely provocative for Russia. And the accession of the Baltic republics in 2004 was the most dangerous step in this process. Such countries are not “allies” of the US in any meaningful sense; they are vulnerable dependents who can provoke a war between NATO (primarily the US) and Russia,”

– writes the author of the article Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and Contributing Editor national interest.

As time went on, however, the politicians did not become wiser, on the contrary, they became more reckless, deciding to add Ukraine and Georgia to NATO, despite the Kremlin’s significant warnings about the inadmissibility of such a step.

But Washington could no longer stop and began to enthusiastically call Georgia and Ukraine examples of emerging democracies and true allies of the United States. And only Berlin and Paris have repeatedly reminded of the political and economic corruption in these countries and the possible crisis in relations with Moscow. It is only thanks to their resistance that Ukraine and Georgia have not yet become NATO members.

According to the author, the worst thing is that Washington’s relations with Kiev in the field of security are becoming closer. Over the past five years, US forces have conducted several joint exercises with Ukrainian units. It is no secret that such exercises are directed against Russia. And at the beginning of April 2021 Biden assured the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in “Washington’s unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Such a promise puts the United States in a very dangerous position, given that Kiev is seeking to regain Crimea, Carpenter recalls.

Given the size of the territory and population, Ukraine does not fall into the same category as the Balkan and Baltic mini-states or Georgia. However, this country has even more opportunity (and desire) to drag the United States and NATO into a dangerous war. For all Kiev’s boasting about the return of Crimea, the outcome of a military clash between Russia and Ukraine would be a foregone conclusion.

“US leaders should be deeply concerned when a country that calls itself a “strategic partner” boasts loudly about the return of lost territories. Even more disturbing is when this client makes provocative military gestures towards his powerful neighbor, seeking to draw his allies into the war on his side. It’s time for the US leadership to be more prudent about acquiring allies,”

– states national interest.

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