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Researcher at the American Cato Institute: A number of countries have become a burden for NATO

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Researcher at the American Cato Institute: A number of countries have become a burden for NATO

The American press released material in which it is frankly stated that NATO expansion did not always benefit the alliance. Libertarian-speaking senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Ted Carpenter, discusses this. He publishes his reasoning on the pages of The National Interest (NI).


According to Carpenter, countries have appeared in NATO in recent years that at least do not strengthen the alliance. The American expert writes that, by and large, the admission of a number of countries to the military bloc led to the weakening of the alliance.

Ted Carpenter considers the countries that become a "burden" for NATO primarily the Balkan republics: Slovenia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia (North Macedonia).

According to a researcher at the American Cato Institute, the total military potential of these countries is at a low level, and in the event of problems with their security, the entire alliance will have to side with them. Carpenter is not sure if this is in the best interests of NATO as a whole.

Carpenter said he was confident that the policy of moving NATO towards Russia's borders had a negative effect on the alliance itself. He calls the admission of the Baltic republics into NATO a mistake, which now, being part of a military bloc, have brought to naught good-neighborly relations not only with Moscow, but also with Minsk. As a result, Belarus only strengthened its position in terms of Russia's main ally. Carpenter also opposes US plans to admit Georgia and Ukraine to NATO. According to him, this will definitely not add strength to the alliance.

It should be noted that the Cato Institute is a private American structure that is not funded by the state. Earlier, representatives of the institute opposed the NATO operation in Yugoslavia and Iraq, but supported the introduction of American troops into Afghanistan. The inglorious withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan gave the institute staff a reason to say that the authorities, on the whole, acted incorrectly, the operation had no coherent strategy.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 10 January 2022 06: 36
    +2
    Ted Carpenter considers the countries that become a "burden" for NATO primarily the Balkan republics: Slovenia, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia (North Macedonia).
    Well, that's right, it verbs!
    The territory of these countries does not border on Russia, therefore, only money is being pulled out, and (as I suppose) when making decisions in NATO (and there, supposedly, only with full consensus) they block something.
    1. Cutter
      Cutter 10 January 2022 06: 48
      +9
      Carpenter also opposes US plans to admit Georgia and Ukraine to NATO. According to him, this will definitely not add strength to the alliance. And you also take Mozambique and Somalia there, and you will be happy. fool
      1. yuriy55
        yuriy55 10 January 2022 07: 15
        +7
        Quote: Cutter
        Carpenter also opposes US plans to admit Georgia and Ukraine to NATO. According to him, this will definitely not add power to the alliance..

        I'll tell you what it will add. The same as two rotten eggs, broken into scrambled eggs at the end ... No.
        1. Vladimir Mashkov
          Vladimir Mashkov 10 January 2022 18: 07
          0
          The Americans regret that they failed to outwit Russia ... And they offer to surrender several "giants" as a victim. Nothing new! laughing
      2. Gennady Zavalov_2
        Gennady Zavalov_2 10 January 2022 10: 14
        +1
        I am also for the adoption of the Ukrainian. in NATO. They would know then how much non-ferrous metals are today. Would have remained in the same helmets. Sarcasm.
    2. yuriy55
      yuriy55 10 January 2022 07: 12
      +2
      Quote: Victor_B
      The territory of these countries does not border on Russia,

      I have no idea how NATO countries that do not border on Russia are able to scare the Russian Bear? If only in tank columns rushing across Europe ... laughing
  2. Egoza
    Egoza 10 January 2022 07: 10
    +6
    Yes, NATO cannot even provide for the old members. The virus guessed it, of course, but not to the same extent! Completely impoverished, poor! The last panties are removed !!!)))
    Norwegian conscripts are now required to return their underwear after completing military service for future recruits to use as the army grapples with stockpile depletion due to COVID-19.
    The Guardian writes that Norway, which guards NATO's northern borders and borders Russia, annually conscripts about 8000 young men and women into military service and until recently allowed demobilized conscripts to leave the barracks with underwear issued to them.
    But the pandemic has seriously hampered the flow of supplies due to factory closures and transport problems, causing the Norwegian military to ask conscripts to donate underwear, including bras and socks.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 10 January 2022 07: 49
      +2
      Indigestion and rejection?
      Well, not cooked will squeal!
    2. den3080
      den3080 10 January 2022 07: 54
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      Yes, in NATO wherever you look - everywhere a burden.
      Most small and not only small countries have practically no army.
      And everybody, almost, heart-rendingly shouting "guard", hoping for the hegemonic master, but his legs are scattering, because the sombrero hat turned out to be not for an American cowboy.
      And he has left his NATO allies to the mercy of fate more than once. The recent flight of the Americans from Afghanistan is a guarantee of that ... "and in the morning they (the allies) woke up ..." smile and the owner (commando-corby-coordinates ..., shavrzenegger / stallone, etc.)) fled leaving the enemy, with whom he had fought for 20 years, all the way down to trousers. And I didn’t say the last thing to the allies.
      They should have reduced NATO to 10-15 countries in Europe that can really do something, have potential. And supplement it with Australia.
      But even with this there will be bad luck - the French have just been thrown for tens of yards of dollars ... how now?
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 10 January 2022 07: 33
    +2
    The Cato Institute is a private American structure that is not funded by the state.
    From empty to empty. This is how they live. And for sure, neither what nor who depends on their statements.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 10 January 2022 07: 46
    +1
    Researcher at the American Cato Institute: A number of countries have become a burden for NATO
    ... It's like, STRAWL !!!
    The NATO girl has been overeating and now she has colic? Will there be an "exhaust" or will it work?
  5. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 10 January 2022 07: 52
    0
    "A number of countries have become a burden for NATO" ...
    It’s you who haven’t accepted Ukraine into your ranks, and here you’ll definitely have grief! When such creatures from the independent type of Klimkin, Aristovich, Zelensky, Kuleba, Klitschko, Parashenka, Nadia Savchenko and many more such idiots will join your "slender" ranks, they will arrange a sweet life for you!
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 10 January 2022 09: 27
    0
    The Americans are full of analytical offices, institutions and other tools, but they choose the most unconventional solutions, driving themselves into a corner. Colonial times are far behind, but they still cannot think in modern standards.
  7. zwlad
    zwlad 10 January 2022 14: 14
    0
    The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan gave the institute staff a reason to talk about the fact that the authorities, on the whole, acted incorrectly, the operation did not have any coherent strategy.

    How was it not? And cut the dough on drug traffic control?
  8. ERsytype
    ERsytype 10 January 2022 17: 05
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    If Mr. Carpenter does not understand why countries that have practically no army are taken to NATO, then what does he get money for at his institute?
    Either the article has not been fully translated, or the VO author has picked up pieces at his own discretion.
    Half of the countries, if not more, represent nothing in military terms and will never represent. But nevertheless they were taken to NATO.
    In general, another piece of news for show.