Washington’s NATO commitments complicate US strategic priority in Europe
The military engagements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations could prove costly to the strategic interests of the United States, as Washington could become embroiled in conflicts in Europe.
Many of America’s so-called allies are major liabilities rather than assets for US foreign policy. Indeed, these are potential pitfalls, which can drag America into unnecessary military confrontations, according to National Interest magazine.
In too many cases, the “allies” Washington touts are small, weak, often militarily unnecessary dependents. Worse yet, some of them are on bad terms with more powerful neighboring states, writes Ted Galen Carpenter for the national interest.
NATO is a system of collective security, through which its independent member states agree to defend each other in response to attack from any outside party.
Previously, the United States and NATO had participated in military operations in Afghanistan and Libya as part of the mission mandated by the United Nations Security Council.
However, NATO’s strategic fixation on Russia could complicate US interest in Europe, as many member countries such as the Baltic states are militarily weak.
Meanwhile, the current tension between Moscow and Kiev has caught Washington’s attention.
Washington’s security relationship with Kiev goes far beyond arms sales. Over the past five years, US forces have conducted multiple joint exercises with Ukrainian units.
In addition, Washington has also successfully lobbied NATO to include Ukraine in the alliance’s war games.
Earlier, in April last year, US President Joe Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Washington’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of aggression in course of Russia “.
On the other hand, the Baltic countries are vulnerable dependents that could spark a war between NATO (primarily the United States) and Russia, according to the 2016 report by think-tank RAND Corporation.
Due to NATO’s expanding membership and mission, the United States has acquired a worrying number of both types, according to National Interest.
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