Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Is NATO obsolete?

The CATO Institute takes a quick look at the present condition of this World War II era agreement. Europe is all healed up now, so it may be time for them to take total responsibility for their own safety, thus allowing the United States to focus entirely on ours.

Cracks in the Foundation: NATO's New Troubles: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is beginning to fracture. Its members, sharing the triumphalism that underpinned U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War, took on burdens that have proved more difficult than expected. Increasingly, they are failing to meet the challenges confronting them.

2008 is going to be a very eventful year. The world economy is showing signs of systemic financial stress. The political battles over the direction of America are going to be very bitter. It may be a good time to rethink the formal obligations that U.S. citizens have to defend foreign populations.