Monday, February 20, 2017

Pence and WaPo on NATO

Pence and WaPo on NATO

by Stephen Lendman

As long as NATO exists, world peace, stability and security are impossible. 

The alliance is a US-dominated killing machine, used for endless wars of aggression, not defense at a time the only threats are invented ones.

Candidate Trump called NATO “obsolete.” UK Prime Minister Theresa May said he’s “100% behind NATO.” 

In early February, he expressed “strong support” for the alliance, according to a readout of his conversation with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, “agree(ing) to continue close coordination and cooperation to address the full range of (invented) security challenges facing NATO.”

Representing the Trump administration at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Vice President Pence said “the United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in our commitment to this trans-Atlantic alliance.”

Urging member states to increase military spending at a time no enemies exist, he added “(a)s you keep faith with us, under President Trump, we will always keep faith with you.”

He ignored Kiev aggression on Donbass, instead bashed Russia irresponsibly, saying Washington will hold Moscow “accountable” on Ukraine and its (nonexistent) efforts to redraw international borders by force” - while “search(ing) for new common ground.”

How many resets will Russia tolerate, given a history of US broken promises? On Monday, Sergey Lavrov diplomatically blasted US intelligence, anonymously admitting it routinely wiretaps the communications of Russia’s ambassador to Washington, including “reports to Moscow about his activities in” America’s capital.

Neocon, CIA-connected Washington Post Editors urged European NATO members to increase their defense spending when cutting it sharply should be prioritized.

They quoted former Obama defense secretary Robert Gates, saying “(i)f current trends in the decline of European defense capabilities are not halted and reversed, future US political leaders…may not consider the return on America’s investment in NATO worth the cost.”

Gates’ hyperbole fooled no one. Washington uses NATO as an imperial tool. Imagine how much safer humanity would be if it didn’t exist.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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