All the clichés in one neat package.
- Poor little NATO: just quietly minding its own business when those pesky Russians start doing exercises on its borders.
- And again with the “rules-based order” claptrap: our rules, your disorder Ukraine, Libya, Syria and Venezuela.
- What “Western interests” in the Middle East?
- Amazing the “interference” a few grand on Facebook can produce, isn’t it?
- Military activity in the rather large chunk of the Arctic it owns.
Ah well, the Bubble is strong and I’m sure the authors are paid to believe what they believe to be paid.
Geography still matters. Russia—NATO’s largest, most militarily capable neighbor—remains NATO’s principal external challenge. Russia under President Putin ignores international commitments; violates Ukrainian, Georgian and Moldovan sovereignty; conducts provocative exercises and maneuvers along NATO’s borders; expands military activity in the Arctic and North Atlantic; intervenes in parts of the Middle East against Western interests; and interferes in democratic processes within members of the Alliance, aspiring members and partners. President Putin’s objectives seem clear: secure his leadership position within Russia and prevent regime change; undermine the international rules-based order in favor of a Europe re-divided into spheres of influence; assert increasing influence on the Russian periphery, especially in Ukraine and Georgia, to prevent the success of democratic, pro-European governments whose example could undermine his own kleptocratic system; seize every opportunity to erode the cohesion of NATO and the EU; and widen divisions within individual member states.
NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis, Nicholas Burns, Douglas Lute, February 2019