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NATO Turns 75 Amidst Rising Uncertainty


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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) 75th anniversary summit is underway in Washington today. Many a toast will be raised to the military alliance's long list of accomplishments, deterrence might, increased military budgets, and continued relevance to the security of the European continent, especially in light of the Ukraine War.

The very war that has invigorated NATO over the past two years and enabled it to bring Finland and Sweden into its fold will undoubtedly cast its shadow and raise pertinent questions about the organization's role and future course.

Kyiv's demand for a full-fledged membership (which has once again been put off for a later date) is unlikely to be the biggest point of contention at this Summit. NATO members are being forced to address the shifting political headwinds on the continent and the potential shift in Washington.:snip:

 

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NATO at 75: Whistling Past the Graveyard

Europe is in the midst of the largest war on the continent since NATO was founded in 1949. Putin is attacking Ukraine with conventional forces and engaging in hybrid attacks against NATO itself. 

The allies know that if Russia is not defeated in Ukraine, it is highly likely that Europe will soon face a larger war involving their countries. It is, therefore, beyond doubt that defeating Putin’s regime is a vital interest for Europe and the United States. And yet despite the billions of dollars of military and financial aid provided to Ukraine, the West still has no plan to achieve Ukrainian victory.

One might think, therefore, that at the July 9-11 gathering of NATO heads of state and government — a meeting marking 75 years of the world’s most successful military alliance — the number one issue would be the plan for victory and the restoration of peace in Europe.

One would be wrong. There will be no talk of doing whatever it takes to win the war, of defeating Putinism, and of inviting Ukraine to join NATO as quickly as possible. Instead, the summit has already been pre-planned to take only modest, incremental steps to support Ukraine, while deliberately avoiding the most fundamental questions. 

This low bar was set and rigorously enforced by the United States and Germany, despite pleas for a more robust posture by several NATO allies. Washington and Berlin have made it clear that the key goal is not to provoke Putin and to avoid escalation. His defeat is still not the objective. :snip:

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NATO’s New Secretary General? Another FAILED European Globalist.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been appointed the next Secretary-General of NATO. NATO ambassadors confirmed the decision at a meeting held at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Rutte will assume office on October 1, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg, who has held the position for ten years.“Mr. Rutte will assume his functions as Secretary-General from October 1, 2024, when Mr. Stoltenberg’s term expires after ten years at the helm of the Alliance,” NATO officials said in a statement following the announcement of the Dutch leader’s appointment.

Rutte has played a significant role in Europe’s military support for Ukraine and has expressed that defeating Moscow is crucial for establishing peace in Europe. His only competitor, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, withdrew from the race last week.Despite his seemingly aggressive stance on Russia, Rutte was considered the least aggressive successor to Stoltenberg. His candidacy gained momentum earlier this month when he secured support from Hungary’s Viktor Orbán despite tensions between the two.:snip:

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