BRUSSELS (AP) - America's military alliance with Europe - the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades - faces a "dim, if not dismal" future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address.As it should. It should go without saying that NATO's purpose died twenty freaking years ago and the alliance should have been mothballed then. What followed instead was wholly predictable:
In his final policy speech as Pentagon chief, Gates questioned the viability of NATO, saying its members' penny-pinching and lack of political will could hasten the end of U.S. support.
- An increase in the number of NATO countries from 16 to 28*
- An increasing number of poorly-planned and peripheral missions, all of which dump unnecessary costs on the already-broke American taxpayer.
There is nothing NATO is doing now that America cannot do better on an ad-hoc alliance basis, or better yet, leave undone. Why the hell should we still be guarding South Korea 60 years after Michael Dukakis made it safe for democracy? Why the hell do we need an alliance with Slovenia and Luxembourg to fight against a tinhorn north African dictator***** who has not bothering us since Reagan blew up his house back in the 80s?
* several of which used to be part of the very Warsaw Pact that NATO opposed**.
** Or which was created to oppose NATO, whatever.
*** El Borak's First Law of Bureaucracy.
**** In the case of churches, it is generally and purposely knocked from its purpose by liberals rather than fulfilling those purposes, but the result is the same.
***** I mean, the guy's only a colonel for crying our loud.