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The possible future of NATO

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Submitted by Michael S, Apr 27, 2017 at 02:53

I can't see Israel benefiting from any multilateral alliance with the Europeans. At one time or another, they had profitable relations with the Russians, British, French, Germans and Americans, among others; but all the above have turned against Israel at some point. At the moment, they seem to play nicely with Greece and Italy; but these things change quickly.

The next one to leave NATO is France, if Le Pen wins. Germany and friends (including Italy) want to have their own counterpart to NATO, consisting of an inexpensive, purely ceremonial armed forces -- sort of the Vatican Guards Plus.

That leaves the US, UK and Turkey as the main actors left in a rump NATO. When that happens, NATO will not have to expel Turkey; the US and UK can simply quit, and make a more useful alliance with Australia, Canada (if it pleases His Young Majesty Trudeau), and perhaps Japan and some others.

I think the days of "Heinz 27" Europe will soon be over.

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