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.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear reader,

Business Standard has always strived to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that matter to you and have broader political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering has only strengthened our resolve and commitment to these ideals. Even in these difficult times resulting from Covid-19, we remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and cutting-edge commentary on relevant current issues.
However, we have a demand.

As we fight the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more so that we can continue to provide you with more quality content. Our subscription model has received an encouraging response from many of you who have subscribed to our online content. More subscriptions to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of providing you with even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practice the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital editor

Mary I. Bruner