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Not completely sure I understand them but with throw this in as they seem to fit.


I have no idea why one tweet was duplicated.


In his 2016 talk, (that i’ve linked to here before in another context) retired colonel and Boston University history professor, Anthony Bacevich, opined that the world is moving towards a multipolar power structure – United States, Europe, India and China. (During the Q&A, I think, he mentions that Russia is not even in the same tier as any of these 4 powers. And, if Bacevich is correct, as an aside, I’m not sure I understand all the hysteria afoot in the MSM over Russia’s alleged intelligence gathering “superiority”.)

For one more, perhaps contrary, thread regarding Trump’s NATO speech, Ray McGovern, who presented the presidential daily brief to presidents from JFK to GHWB, suggests an alternative view on NATO today.

“Over time, even the most sophisticated propaganda wears thin, and more and more Europeans will realize that NATO, in its present form, is an unnecessary, vestigial organ already a quarter-century beyond its expiration date – and that it can flare up painfully, like a diseased appendix. At a time when citizens of many NATO countries are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, they will be reluctant to sink still more money into rehab for a vestigial organ.

That there are better uses for the money is already clear, and President Trump’s badgering of NATO countries to contribute ever more for defense may well backfire. Some are already asking, “Defense against what?” Under the painful austerity that has been squeezing the Continent since the Wall Street crash nearly a decade ago, a critical mass of European citizens is likely to be able to distinguish reality from propaganda – and perhaps much sooner than anyone anticipates. This might eventually empower the 99 percent, who don’t stand to benefit from increased military spending to fight a phantom threat, to insist that NATO leaders stop funding a Cold War bureaucracy that has long since outlived its usefulness.

A military alliance normally dissolves when its raison d’etre – the military threat it was created to confront – dissolves. The Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 – more than a quarter century ago – and with it the Warsaw Pact that was established as the military counter to NATO.’


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