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NATO in search of a "second youth"


The reunification of the Crimea with Russia alarmed European politicians and reassured the NATO military. The bureaucrats of the North Atlantic alliance are happy: finally, the defense complex will be financed at the proper level! In the years after the Cold War, NATO countries, to the chagrin of the military, cut back on the cost of maintaining the army. The confrontation with Russia, according to the plan of Washington strategists, will “revive” the fading alliance. However, not all countries can join the new cold war, and, most likely, the NATO bloc will be reformatted.

Paranoia and bewilderment in washington

In the West, they are afraid of Russia's gain. They understand that the Crimea is not the end, and for the sake of protecting compatriots, the Russian army is ready to conduct operations on the territory of any country located next to Russia. This also applies to the Baltic states: Russian rights are systematically violated in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and these crimes are committed under the auspices of NATO.

In this regard, the alliance sends additional troops to Eastern Europe. These forces will be deployed in close proximity to the Russian borders, which, in turn, worries Russia.

Philippe Breedlove, commander-in-chief of the NATO armed forces in Europe, said that the experts of the organization are considering the implementation of a set of measures aimed at strengthening the level of security in the eastern countries of the alliance. As part of the upcoming plan, units of NATO ground, air and naval forces will be relocated to Eastern Europe.

At the same time, the alliance cannot understand what the further actions of Russia will be. According to Breedlove, 40 thousand troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are deployed along the Ukrainian border, at whose disposal are artillery, armored vehicles, aviation, communications, field hospitals - all that is needed to carry out a full-fledged military operation. Several options are being considered, ranging from political pressure on the Kiev junta to the deployment of Russian troops in the South-East of Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population. NATO experts believe that Russia has enough strength to take control of the Azov and Black Sea regions in a short time, from Lugansk to Odessa.

Because of the lack of understanding of what Russia is preparing for, the North Atlantic alliance is at a loss and cannot take adequate measures. In Brussels, they believe that since Russian troops are located near the Ukrainian borders, it means that NATO must send its forces to Eastern Europe. True, this aggravates the situation in the region and does not contribute to a peaceful settlement - but Western bureaucrats do not pay attention to this fact. NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen says the alliance must respond to Russia's actions. Apparently, the consequences of such a rash decision of Rasmussen are of little concern.

In search of the enemy

The leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance plans to use the confrontation that has begun to strengthen the military bloc. By demonizing Russia, Rasmussen, Breedlove and others like them will create an enemy image and rally NATO members against it, as it was during the Cold War, when American officials were thrown out of windows out of fear of the “red threat”.

The question of the expediency of the existence of NATO has repeatedly been on the agenda after 1991. The sense of the alliance was in opposition to the Soviet Union, and after its collapse it began to be used in the interests of the United States for wars in secondary theaters. With the help of NATO, Yugoslavia and Libya were bombed, Iraq and Afghanistan were occupied. Many members of the organization took part in the so-called "coalition of the willing" during the US wars in different parts of the world.

However, the alliance did not find a new main enemy. According to Charles Kupchan, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan could put an end to stories NATO. Many countries of the alliance were at a loss as to why they needed battles in the mountains of Central Asia, and would categorically refuse to participate in such adventures in the future. In addition, the contradictions between the individual members of the alliance, each of which defended their views in foreign policy, intensified. The common vector has disappeared; each state began to drift in its direction.

This was extremely disadvantageous to the United States, which, with the help of NATO, controls European politicians and affects the European Union. By the way, many people in Europe understand this, and some political parties represented in the European Parliament would like to get rid of the North Atlantic alliance once and for all.

The collapse of NATO will put an end to US hegemony on the east coast of the Atlantic. Americans will have to leave not only from the Middle East, but also from Europe. Therefore, Washington is doing everything possible to preserve the alliance, to “freeze” it forever. No wonder the beginning of the confrontation with Russia miraculously coincided with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: now, not Al-Qaeda, but Moscow will be the new enemy. Just like more than twenty years ago.

NATO is waiting for reformatting

True, the United States does not understand that not everyone in Europe is as critical of Russia as it is in North America. If Washington unconditionally supports sanctions and other measures directed against Moscow, then in Berlin, Paris, Rome and other European Union capitals do not think so.

On the contrary: Russia for Europe is an important trade partner, an assistant in the Afghan conflict, a mediator in the Syrian crisis. Without Russian support, European policy towards the Middle Eastern states would be a failure. In addition, in the event of termination of cooperation with Russia, Europe loses a lot, and, above all, remains without gas. The claims that the European countries themselves will provide themselves with blue fuel are groundless: there are extremely few terminals for receiving liquefied gas on the shores of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, so the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries are unlikely to be able to help the Europeans with something .

That is why the second cold war, conceived in the Pentagon, is unlikely to be as large-scale as the first. Surely only Eastern European states, such as Poland and Romania, will join the American initiative. Local marginals have always been distinguished by Russophobic attitudes, and are ready for confrontation even to the detriment of themselves. But the pragmatic politicians of Western Europe are well aware of what losses they will incur if they abandon their friendship with Russia and declare it their enemy. It is better to quietly “swallow” the return of the historical lands of Moscow than to panic and discredit yourself in the eyes of voters and the international community. Perhaps that is why third-level sanctions against Russia have not yet been introduced: they fear unpredictable consequences.

But the United States will continue to convince its European allies that there is a real threat from the east. For this, diplomatic channels will be used, as well as the media. Pressuring the situation, Washington will try to win over as many members of NATO as possible. However, some countries may leave the organization, especially under the condition that moderate right-wing forces win there — patriots who understand that their states do not need American cosmopolitanism. In some places, the States will act as a bribe: most likely, in a strategically significant Turkey, which does not understand why it is in conflict with Russia, and will follow in the footsteps of Washington only for a certain reward.

Therefore, if the alliance chooses hostility with Russia, its composition will seriously change, and its European center will shift somewhere to the east, and instead of Brussels all disputed issues will be discussed somewhere in Warsaw or Bucharest. On the one hand, this will allow NATO to better concentrate on the conduct of the new Cold War, and on the other, it will greatly weaken this bloc, which will become more regional than world.
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  1. Yves762
    Yves762 April 14 2014 09: 13
    NATO in search of a "second youth"
    . what I'm afraid you can’t get off with a pencil laughing ...
    No ... well, seriously ... the old concept of NATO’s existence has long become obsolete.
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 April 14 2014 09: 24
      The old concept is a vector in external behavior.
      Remapping an enemy is worthless — the arms and technology race never ended in the United States.
      NATO must exist, like its enemies, to provide the front of work for the huge complex and budget of the US military-industrial complex.
    2. Stalevar
      Stalevar April 14 2014 10: 19
      No ... well, seriously ... the old concept of NATO’s existence has long become obsolete.
      But a new one is not foreseen in the foreseeable future; the spirit of permissiveness and impunity has greatly strengthened in the consciousness of the Alliance leadership. NATO has grown rapidly and has ceased to be a flexible structure. The armed forces of the allies are so different in terms of preparedness and provision of MTS that unity and coherence between them are not expected. In addition, and more precisely, the main thing is that the spiritual values ​​and morale of their armies does not contribute to NATO unity, but rather the opposite. And in the future, the distance separating them will only increase.
      1. INTER
        INTER April 14 2014 10: 20
        Everything has a beginning and an end!
    3. hommer
      hommer April 14 2014 12: 07
      Quote: Yves762
      NATO in search of a "second youth" .... I'm afraid you can’t get off with a pencil ...

      Second youth takes last health.
      As a doctor, I warn you.
  2. parusnik
    parusnik April 14 2014 09: 22
    The second youth is fleeting, if it comes of course .. smile
    1. Yuri Sev Caucasus
      Yuri Sev Caucasus April 14 2014 09: 52
      seriously ill before death there is always a surge of strength and sensation (youth). It looks like the sunset is close!
  3. Stiletto
    Stiletto April 14 2014 09: 25
    NATO is waiting for reformatting

    There will be no reformatting. I think we’ll just abolish it winked
  4. Spike
    Spike April 14 2014 09: 27
    It is more profitable for Europe to create its own security system. The United States has lately been more and more reminiscent of the old woman Shapoklyak. laughing "You cannot become famous for good deeds!"
  5. borisjdin1957
    borisjdin1957 April 14 2014 09: 28
    from the Don.
    NATO is waiting for reformatting.
    To homosexuals you need to add right-wingers for complete happiness!
  6. Keeper
    Keeper April 14 2014 09: 35
    Do not attach new legs to the old priest))
  7. LOCKS
    LOCKS April 14 2014 09: 40
    NATO is waiting for reformatting

    I’ll say as a builder: as a facade, do not plaster, if the roof has leaked, there will be no sense. You can talk about reform as much as you like, but Poland and Romania can become an equivalent substitute for the key NATO countries.
    1. Gomunkul
      Gomunkul April 14 2014 12: 55
      You can talk about reform as much as you like, but Poland and Romania can become an equivalent substitute for the key NATO countries.
      I would like to say about NATO in words from M. Gorky's "Song of the Falcon"
      : "'Fly or crawl, the end is known: everyone will fall into the ground, everything will be dust ..." yes
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    3. Lelek
      Lelek April 14 2014 13: 44
      The behavior of Poland, the Baltic states and Romania is reminiscent of the behavior of stoned beggars, guest workers. The owner appears, and in the crowd of farm laborers these jump up and try to shout down each other: "Master, I am here, here I am, I am the first, I am not expensive ...". fellow
  8. Humpty
    Humpty April 14 2014 09: 43
    NATO’s grandmother is not about young lovers, but it’s time to think about land.
  9. mamont5
    mamont5 April 14 2014 09: 46
    "NATO experts believe that Russia has enough forces to take control of the Azov and Black Sea regions, from Lugansk to Odessa, in a short time."

    And not only. If necessary, we will go all over Ukraine, but you will behave badly and we will reach the Atlantic.

    "... when, out of fear of the Red Menace, American officials were thrown out of windows."

    Yes it was fun, but there are enough fools now. We can open the window wide for them - jump, gentlemen.

    "Surely only such Eastern European states as, for example, Poland and Romania will join the American initiative."

    The Balts are also possible, because all of them were accepted into NATO (contrary to the charter of this organization) only in order to assent to their masters from the USA in time. In this respect, the Americans are no longer counting on old Europe.
    1. Ev58
      Ev58 April 14 2014 09: 52
      A person accustomed to comfort will not jump out of the window of a skyscraper.
      1. Stiletto
        Stiletto April 14 2014 10: 17
        Quote: ev58
        A person accustomed to comfort will not jump out of the window of a skyscraper.

        It will, if you kick it well. Personally, I would love to teach flying Psaki, McCain, Samantha Power and about a dozen other "figures" there.
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      3. Klim2011
        Klim2011 April 14 2014 11: 02
        On May 22, 1949, the first US Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy, James Vincent Forrestal, threw himself out of the 16th floor window of a naval hospital shouting "The Russians are coming!"
        Where did you see the Minister of Defense not surrounded by comfort? laughing
        1. Morgan
          Morgan April 14 2014 13: 34
          Flying defense are our allies in NATO. good fellow
  10. Ev58
    Ev58 April 14 2014 10: 15
    The US military hysteria, numerous reports to Congress on the "threat from Russia" and "the threat of the use of nuclear weapons" are not only a political, but also an economic move. By the way, the dollar, in such conditions, will feel great. I believe that there is insufficient work on our side through all possible information channels to influence the public opinion of countries that are in opposition and confrontation with Russia. Underestimation of the information component of the policy of our country leads to a stable confrontation, which could and should be weakened by the dissemination of all possible information sources of coverage of real events, the widespread publicity of documentary facts of sound, text and other information in the interests of our political course, the current situation and the set goal. The availability of informational materials in the native language will make it possible to split public opinion, question the assessments of their own media, and, at least, weaken popular support for reactionary leaders.
  11. Sergo Chita
    Sergo Chita April 14 2014 10: 23
    Be silent, shameful Europe and do not shake your rights!
    You are just an ass in Russia, but you think that your head!
    F.I. Tyutchev .. (1867 year)
  12. Little Muck
    Little Muck April 14 2014 10: 36
    If the alliance chooses enmity with Russia, its composition will seriously change, and its European center will shift somewhere east, and instead of Brussels, all disputed issues will be discussed somewhere in Warsaw or Bucharest.
    Since the base of the alliance is the United States, then in this proposal you just need to remove the "if". And the possible new registration of the headquarters was clear from the last words of these countries. Due to the weakness and inertia of the alliance members, there will be no reformatting. The United States will not allow any country to leave the alliance. Otherwise it will mark the beginning of the practical death of the organization.
    No. NATO will not grow younger. Rather, it will begin to fade, but not painlessly for its members and the rest of the world. Unfortunately.
  13. Klim2011
    Klim2011 April 14 2014 10: 49
    In 1990, the Bundeswehr had 2000 leopard tanks, now there are 200 of them. For 20 years, European countries participating in NATO have jointly reduced the military budget by 5%. The USA over the same period increased it by 40%.
    Europe’s position is understandable - the USSR has not died, costs are being reduced year by year. But the United States remained in the state of the Cold War.
  14. orsker
    orsker April 14 2014 11: 05
    Watch out, NATO! They know what is true with us.
  15. andj61
    andj61 April 14 2014 11: 37
    "The West is afraid of the strengthening of Russia. They understand that Crimea is not the end ..."
    Of course, this is not the end, and, by and large, not the beginning. The beginning was South Ossetia. The Russian world is returning to global politics as a major player.
  16. fisherman
    fisherman April 14 2014 11: 48
    Russia is a dwarf, I will put it on its knees. ” Karl 12th, XNUMXth century.
    Sweden forever lost the status of a great power.

    “I will conquer backward Russia.” Friedrich, mid-18th century.
    In 1759, the Russian army entered Berlin.

    “Russia is a colossus with feet of clay.” Napoleon, 19th century.
    In 1814, the Russian army took Paris.

    “I will conquer the USSR by the end of the year.” Hitler, XX century.
    In 1945, committed suicide when the Soviet army entered Berlin.

    “Russia is just a regional power,” said Barack Obama, March 26, 2014
    1. Morgan
      Morgan April 14 2014 13: 45
      Conclusion: the West ALWAYS hated us! And lost the same way. The history of THEIR teaches that does not teach anything.
      PS I am a doctor and I really do not want to serve in hospitals of the Third World. But! I'm afraid I have to ... soldier stop
    2. The point
      The point April 14 2014 15: 32
      As the Chukchi said, the trend, however! laughing
  17. xbhxbr-777
    xbhxbr-777 April 14 2014 12: 03
    NATO is a relic of the past, they understand it in the White House, here it’s to puff like flies, and they are insects, because it’s clear how their fuss will end for them. crying
  18. cerbuk6155
    cerbuk6155 April 14 2014 12: 04
    Quote: andj61
    "The West is afraid of the strengthening of Russia. They understand that Crimea is not the end ..."
    Of course, this is not the end, and, by and large, not the beginning. The beginning was South Ossetia. The Russian world is returning to global politics as a major player.

    We will show them that their strength is our strength. And then they thought that they had finished off RUSSIA. But no, we are alive. So speak and look back. laughing drinks
    1. Morgan
      Morgan April 14 2014 13: 51
      True - it is impossible to defeat Russia. We are a different CIVILIZATION. From Sirius, Mlyn. good
  19. staryivoin
    staryivoin April 14 2014 12: 44
    Our response to the aspirations of Europolitiks (almost according to S. Mikhalkov)

    Someone was sitting in an armchair, someone Die Welt was looking,
    Hollande sang, Turchok was silent,
    Rasmussen shook his muscle.
    Vova smiled silently,
    Dima was engaged in Crimea,
    Barak was hiding behind the sea

    It was evening, there was nothing.

    Ashton sat near Merkel,
    Mishiko scratched the attic.
    Slowly, Brennan rode up and told the guys like this:
    “U less important news to you!” This time!
    - It is necessary to disperse Slavyansk! These are two!
    - And in Odessa "Donald Cook" is three!
    - Russia must be scared! This is immediately fo and five!

    Ashton smiled meekly: "We give snipers a platoon!"
    Unsmilingly Turchinov: "Forging us your" rifles ", give us a gas pipeline!"

    Hollande was filled with a nightingale: "We will intimidate Russia, we will impose a sanction on them,
    Entrance to PACE is forbidden to them!
    We will support Ukraine, we’ll bring cookies,
    And we'll give you toilet paper a big carriage! "
    Merkel nodded quietly, but did not begin to push, -
    Remembers the year in which there were numbers "45".

    Vova and Dima looked around at those dashing youth,
    They looked around and smiled, "You idiots, what will you take!"
    And from the Kremlin, Vova answered:
    "Sanctions, and something like that, and we have a lot of them,
    You can't count everything at once! "

    "We'll cut off all your gas,
    - This time!
    And drop the dollar down
    - Our whim!
    And we will establish the supply of oil and gas for rubles,
    “You won’t go anywhere - these are three!”
    You do not want? And don’t, then let's go to Asia,
    We’ll establish exchange of goods there and we’ll not heal worse!
    You still feel good, need to list again?
    The Yars will come out of hiding,
    - It seems to be five! "
    We’ll get Kuzma’s mother off the shelf,
    - It will definitely be tin! ...

    "Do not be afraid, we are all joking, we do not want to frighten you,
    We will not argue with you. But we will not hand over RUSSIA either.
    And leave you all arguing and dancing with USA.
    After all, the dancers there are bad Kerry, Psaki and McCain.
    Poor dancers, diplomats to nowhere.
    We have nothing more to argue about, goodbye gentlemen! "

    There are all kinds of opinions, all kinds of thoughts are needed.
    But Obamov’s quirks in politics are not important.

    It was evening, there was nothing to argue about.
  20. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN April 14 2014 13: 25
    Does Washington need to "persuade" someone from NATO? wassat They are all standing in front of him. yes
  21. sv68
    sv68 April 14 2014 14: 21
    NATO is looking for a second youth ... it’s hard to dance tango to the throat of shit. Instead of a second youth there will be an inevitable old age
  22. Turkir
    Turkir April 14 2014 14: 22
    Portrait of the head of NATO - it's a madhouse.
  23. siberalt
    siberalt April 14 2014 16: 29
    Pure American ideological fornication. How many stars do they have on the flag? That's it. And how did they stick it on him? This is a good story. But about her - no one laughing
  24. mig31
    mig31 April 14 2014 16: 50
    Soon the Americans, under the auspices of NATO, will create a man-made yellow stone in the center of good old Europe, and they cannot sit alone on a powder keg. In a place, it was impossible to walk through the open spaces ...
  25. Alf
    Alf April 14 2014 17: 35
    Quote: LOCKS
    but vryatli Poland and Romania can become an equivalent substitute for the key NATO countries.

    By force, no, but by the stink ... Surpass it differently.
  26. russkijbelarus
    russkijbelarus April 14 2014 18: 01
    Once upon a time there was such an organization called the "Little Entente". Where the leading role was assigned to Romania. Did not meet expectations.