Can NATO still put up a fight against Russia?

March 3, 2016

After the Soviet Union fell, NATO expanded. It also lost its main purpose: taking on that same Soviet Union.

That didn’t seem to matter much to Russia’s former satellites. Poland, the Czech Republic, the Baltic countries — everyone clamored to get in. Soon, Russia was surrounded by a sea of NATO on its Western flank.

Now, with Vladimir Putin and the United States staring at each other like the gunfighters in the final scene in the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” War College takes a fresh look at the 70-year-old alliance.

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Who cares. Russia makes a much better friend than enemy. Iran too for that matter. We’re all fighting Muslim extremists. China could do more on that front, but that’s China. Backwards and misguided. Still a friend though. The competition is hyped to sell weapons.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

The short answer is NO, the US are NATO and have more pressing concerns in the south China sea. But the question must be asked, if the west can support Saudi Arabia as an equal partner and come to a deal with Iran what is the true reason for the bile directed at Russia.

Posted by Moties001 | Report as abusive

Iran is a more worthy ally than Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia supports ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, and every other Sunni bearded rapist group.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

Russia is not even strong, so who cares. The only reason we talk of Russia at all is because that old cold war hate is still a good manipulation tool, for both the fear mongers in the US and Putin himself. The only reason Putin is considered strong is because the FOX news twits like his style. As oil and gas sink in importance Russia will become increasingly less relevant. You see, the Ronald Reagan method of manipulation that Putin uses will help them decline in capability and strength just as Reagan accomplished this in the US. The amazing part is that the people that think these guys were or are strong are the ones who never can see the real results. The kool aide is cherry.

Posted by brotherkenny4 | Report as abusive

Trump will make a deal with Putin to control the World

Posted by gentiler | Report as abusive

The World shall star taxing China’s junk imports

Posted by gentiler | Report as abusive

And why would NATO want to? Europe is not threatened by Russians.

Posted by APNichols | Report as abusive

It is curious that the US and EU have basically cast (even in modern movies the bad Russians, like showing rats in NAZI films to equate Jews as an invasive plague ) presenting them as a growing evil. Propaganda of this nature is becoming prevalent. Russians speaking Ukrainians are now viewed as terrorists, rather than citizens,even when born into these other nations. So much for the EU lofty non-discrimination policies which also are all or nothing. In the Baltics, Ukraine, Poland, the hammering continues to punish all Russians (Amnesty International). Outside of the EU’s conquer all, sign the paper, submit to EU elite superior visions of how you should live, or be ostracized. Final Solution?

Posted by americangrizzly | Report as abusive

Short answer: No. As the U.S. pulled ground and air units out of Western Europe to use in Iraq and Afghanistan and drew down their POMCUS stocks of vehicles and weapons as well, the European members of NATO did not increase defense spending to pick up the slack. There is no way that NATO as presently manned and equipped could stop the Russians if they decided to head West. And anyone that thinks Barak Obama would authorize nuclear release—the only thing that could dissuade them—and screw up his “legacy” is just silly.

Posted by Kinnison | Report as abusive

“FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.” [Joel 3:1-2;

Posted by GOLDENRULE | Report as abusive

“FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.” [Joel 3:1-2;

Posted by GOLDENRULE | Report as abusive

Why would they? there is no reason. Russians are mostly white,and mostly christian, they are on our side. Only reason is Washington cartel, Pentagon ,have to have perceived enemy to justify Massive Military budgets. Selling arms keeps USA barely afloat, even though they are drowning in Debt.

Posted by SellsoulandLIE | Report as abusive

Russia is a great ally in the fight against Homo propaganda.
Nothing is more important than throwing off the foul embrace of gay media oppression, and securing true freedom for religious and secular alike.

Posted by JohnofPrester | Report as abusive

Those posting in support of the USSR (oops, I mean Russia!), are Soviet trolls from the St Petersburg troll factory. These are the same despicable low-lifes who denied that Putin invaded Crimea, that he sent thousands of regular Red Army troops to the Donbas in an attempt to dismember Ukraine AND shot down MH 317. Putin is not Putin, he is “Putler”…complete with brown shirts who do his bidding in Russia and in any country unfortunate enough to border Russia…like the Baltic countries. The U.S. andNATO must stand fast with ALL its member states. Period.
Signed, retired USAF fighter aviator.

Posted by lenomdeplume | Report as abusive

Trump will make a deal with Putin to control the World? I do not think so. They are too stupid for that!

Posted by Devi-Pol | Report as abusive

And a 2014 WIN/Gallup International survey only reinforced U.S. doubts about European publics; just 29 percent of French citizens polled, 27 percent of British citizens, and 18 percent of German citizens said that they were willing to fight for their country. (Sixty-eight percent of Italians said they would outright refuse.)

Posted by americangrizzly | Report as abusive