The Baltic state of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined NATO in 2004. They have asked for greater presence of the NATO Alliance because they fear a threat from Russia after it annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Maybe they saw something brewing back in 2004.
This information came from the testifying of US Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 28, 2016. He was there testifying on operations against the ISIS. Carter is now on a 3 day trip to Germany.
|Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe and Commander, US Army NATO General Richard C Longo, right, shakes hands with Polish general Adam Joks, left, ...|
Army General Curtis Scaparrotti will take over as the next NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He will be succeeding US Air Force General Philip Breedlove.
NATO is based on the North Atlantic Treaty signed back on April 4, 1949. The member states have agreed to a mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. The headquarters of NATO is in Haren, Brussels, Belgium, where the Supreme Allied Commander lives. Belgium is one of 28 member states across North America and Europe. Albania and Croatia are the newest who joined in April 2009. 22 more countries participate in their NATO's Paretnership for Peace program. 15 other countries are involved in institutionalized dialogue programmes. The combined military spending of all NATO members is over 70% of the global total. Members' defense spending is supposed to amount to 2% of the GDP (Gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period). Since the USA's GDP is probably the highest, they have been carrying the highest amount that goes into their treasury.
Afghan security forces are dying at five times the rate of NATO soldiers as Taliban insurgents step up attacks ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014, the latest figures show.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was in Brussels last week to confer with NATO officials, and she urged America’s allies to reverse the trend.
Israel is not a member of NATO. "Israel might become a NATO member-state if its neighbours also joined. Alternatively, Israel might become a NATO member-state if NATO somehow became an alliance aimed against the Arab and/or Muslim world. Failing those scenarios, Israeli membership is a non-starter. There is no alliance group except the USA for Israel. She stands pretty much alone against a large Arab alliance. However, she is a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue of 7 States . I'm glad to see her close neighbors of Egypt and Jordan standing with her.
" Among NATO's partners are the states, consisting of 7 countries:
Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco. There is constant and ongoing connection between Israel and NATO, and Israel is regarded a Major non NATO ally, alongside Australia, South Korea and Japan."
Once upon a time, there was another force that was supposed to be protecting Israel. "After the Suez Crisis in 1956, the United Nations Emergency Force deployed in the Sinai Peninsula in order to serve as a buffer between Israel and Egypt. But in 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser demanded that the U.N. forces leave - which they did immediately. Nasser then threatened Israel with annihilation. The Six-Day War followed soon after." So you can't put 100% of your faith in these outside forces. Sadly, the NATO forces didn't help Crimea.
By May 13, 2015, "NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added: "We are deeply concerned by statements of possible future stationing of nuclear weapons and development systems in Crimea." Russia had annexed Crimea in 2014 in a move that was widely condemned by the international community but was greeted as a great patriotic victory at home.
NATO also warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday raised hopes of a slackening in tensions.The latest news in April 2016 is that "NATO has moved to bolster its forces in its east European member states as a result of the Crimea-Russian fiasco. Russia is widely accused of covertly backing the rebels who now control much of eastern Ukraine after a bloody armed conflict with the government in Kiev, " and Ukraine is a NATO member. "A national security paper was updated to say that NATO's recent build-up of military potential around Russia's borders constituted "violations of norms of international law".
This thing is too big. Trump will not be able to give it up. It's standing for peace, even though they failed already when bucking Russia. The problem is money. Other's have to shell out their fair share. Some are already shook up and are doing it. The right words may have been enough already spoken by Trump in thinking that the biggest pockets are thinking of pulling out.
On the other hand, can or will NATO do anything more about Russia's handling of Crimea and Ukraine? Is it their role to do so? If not, what are they paying for? Can a WWIII start right here?