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Why is the U.S. still a NATO member?

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For years the Crusty Conservative has questioned why the U.S. is still a member of NATO decades after the Cold War ended. He feels strongly that rather than maintaining peace in Europe,NATO today could actually cause the next world war. The situation today with NATO today is very similar to the situation there 100 years ago when the various interlocking treaties of the early 1900s actually turned a little skirmish in the Balkans into World War I.

Historian, author and political activist shares my views on the current relevance of NATO in the following article which I suggest that you read and share

“Is Trump the Peace Candidate?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Tuesday – August 2, 2016
With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

Not funny, and close to “treasonous,” came the shocked cry.

Trump then told the New York Times that a Russian incursion into Estonia need not trigger a U.S. military response.

Even more shocking. By suggesting the U.S. might not honor its NATO commitment, under Article 5, to fight Russia for Estonia, our foreign-policy elites declaimed, Trump has undermined the security architecture that has kept the peace for 65 years.

More interesting, however, was the reaction of Middle America. Or, to be more exact, the nonreaction. Americans seem neither shocked nor horrified. What does this suggest?

Behind the war guarantees America has issued to scores of nations in Europe, the Mideast and Asia since 1949, the bedrock of public support that existed during the Cold War has crumbled.

We got a hint of this in 2013. Barack Obama, claiming his “red line” against any use of poison gas in Syria had been crossed, found he had no public backing for air and missile strikes on the Assad regime.

The country rose up as one and told him to forget it. He did.

We have been at war since 2001. And as one looks on the ruins of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and adds up the thousands dead and wounded and trillions sunk and lost, can anyone say our War Party has served us well?

On bringing Estonia into NATO, no Cold War president would have dreamed of issuing so insane a war guarantee.

Eisenhower refused to intervene to save the Hungarian rebels. JFK refused to halt the building of the Berlin Wall. LBJ did nothing to impede the Warsaw Pact’s crushing of the Prague Spring. Reagan never considered moving militarily to halt the smashing of Solidarity.

Were all these presidents cringing isolationists?

Rather, they were realists who recognized that, though we prayed the captive nations would one day be free, we were not going to risk a world war, or a nuclear war, to achieve it. Period.
In 1991, President Bush told Ukrainians that any declaration of independence from Moscow would be an act of “suicidal nationalism.”

Today, Beltway hawks want to bring Ukraine into NATO. This would mean that America would go to war with Russia, if necessary, to preserve an independence Bush I regarded as “suicidal.”

Have we lost our minds?

The first NATO supreme commander, Gen. Eisenhower, said that if U.S. troops were still in Europe in 10 years, NATO would be a failure. In 1961, he urged JFK to start pulling U.S. troops out, lest Europeans become military dependencies of the United States.

Was Ike not right? Even Barack Obama today riffs about the “free riders” on America’s defense.

Is it really so outrageous for Trump to ask how long the U.S. is to be responsible for defending rich Europeans who refuse to conscript the soldiers or pay the cost of their own defense, when Eisenhower was asking that same question 55 years ago?

In 1997, geostrategist George Kennan warned that moving NATO into Eastern Europe “would be the most fateful error of American policy in the post-Cold War era.” He predicted a fierce nationalistic Russian response.

Was Kennan not right? NATO and Russia are today building up forces in the eastern Baltic where no vital U.S. interests exist, and where we have never fought before – for that very reason.

There is no evidence Russia intends to march into Estonia, and no reason for her to do so. But if she did, how would NATO expel Russian troops without air and missile strikes that would devastate that tiny country?

And if we killed Russians inside Russia, are we confident Moscow would not resort to tactical atomic weapons to prevail? After all, Russia cannot back up any further. We are right in her face.

On this issue Trump seems to be speaking for the silent majority and certainly raising issues that need to be debated.

How long are we to be committed to go to war to defend the tiny Baltic republics against a Russia that could overrun them in 72 hours?

When, if ever, does our obligation end? If it is eternal, is not a clash with a revanchist and anti-American Russia inevitable?

Are U.S. war guarantees in the Baltic republics even credible?

If the Cold War generations of Americans were unwilling to go to war with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union over Hungary and Czechoslovakia, are the millennials ready to fight a war with Russia over Estonia?

Needed now is diplomacy.

The trade-off: Russia ensures the independence of the Baltic republics that she let go. And NATO gets out of Russia’s face.

Should Russia dishonor its commitment, economic sanctions are the answer, not another European war.”
 

BY: Patrick J Buchanan  8/2/2016

Republished By: The Crusty Conservative   8/3/2016


 The Crusty Conservative™

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788

Time to stand up!!

cropped-Copy-of-Flying-Flag-w-Eagle.gifNote- A very close friend, US Navy Veteran, concerned American and fellow Conservative sent me this essay last week and asked me to pass it on to 10 like minded friends. With this post, I am sending it to not 10 friends but to the 973 subscribers to this blog and asking each of them to copy and paste it into an email message and send it to 10 or more of their like minded acquaintances.

The Crusty Conservative

2/3/15


 

“I know there are some of you that are Democratic, and love Obama, but this is for  Christians first, politics later.  I do pray that it  doesn’t offend anybody with the truth of the message, but it has to  be sent.  If you love your Lord first and your politics later, then you will appreciate this message. If you don’t, I’m sorry I judged you wrong.

When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help.  Become one of the One hundred million…  

Then let’s get 200 million

 It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.  Do the math.  It only takes a single willing heart and a fed up SOUL. 

 God Bless America and Shine your light on Her! 

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  • In  1952 President Truman Established one day a year as a “National Day of Prayer”

  • In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

  • In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Declared that the USA “Was no longer a Christian nation.”

  • In 2009 President Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone”

  • .. On September 25,2009 From 4 AM until 7 PM, A  National Day of Prayer FOR THE MUSLIM RELIGION was held on Capitol  Hill, inside the White House.  There were over 50,000 Muslims In D.C. that day.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA PRAYS WITH  THE MUSLIMS!

I guess it doesn’t matter if “Christians” were offended by this event – We obviously don’t  count as “anyone” anymore.

  • Now President Obama is encouraging schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, they cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country is headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian, especially knowing that the Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be converted, they should be annihilated.

Send this to ten people, or even one hundred and ten!   And, send it the person who Sent it to you!.. To let them know that indeed, it was sent out to many more.”


   The Crusty Conservative

2/3/15

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.

It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

Could This Be Why?

Obama & His White House

continue to call the worldwide string of terror attacks everything except what it is:

Islamic Terrorism or Muslin Terrorism

Could This Be Why ?

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Note: The above photo of then Senator Barack Hussein Obama was widely circulated during the 2008 Presidential election campaign. Although the Obama campaign organization tried repeatedly to trivialize the picture and explain away the  reason that it was taken,, never once to this date have they denied the authenticity of the photograph.

February 2015

The Crusty Conservative™

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“… individuals may injure a whole society, by not declaring their sentiments.
It is therefore not only their right, but their duty, to declare them.”

–John Dickinson, Letters of Fabius, 1788