JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NATO’S PURPOSE IN AFGHANISTAN – WHAT NATO ACTUALLY MEANS TODAY   Leave a comment


JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

NATO always needs new mission statements because the organization is obsolete, yet it survives as though it still had a large purpose.

Its only legitimate purpose – from an international point of view – was the Cold War.

The hard truth about NATO today is that it is only a mechanism for American presence and dominance in Europe – all the rest is just window-dressing, and that is why it is kept alive and looking for purposes.

Afghanistan is a perfect example of how the U.S. uses and abuses NATO. It is the only country that cares a fig about Afghanistan, but the token forces from a number of countries give it a plausible show of international purpose.

Were Afghanistan a genuine threat, NATO countries would put half a million troops there in short order.

Only the U.S. keeps a large force mired there. It is indeed the dog who has captured something with which it does not know what to do.

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