‘NATO has become a global expeditionary military force’
RT:The terror threat around the world seems to only
be growing. Is this the time countries should be relying on
Rick Rozoff: I don’t think countries have ever relied on NATO for their own security. I think we have to draw a distinction between armed forces as we have traditionally known them, whose main purpose is for territorial defense of their respected homelands and what has now been fashioned, at least over the last 14 years since the war against Yugoslavia, where NATO has become a global expeditionary military force.
NATO has now waged war on three continents, in Europe in Yugoslavia, in Asia in Afghanistan and in Libya in Africa. So what we’re talking about its not a local regional North Atlantic military organization that is meant to defend collectively or individually the homelands of the constituent members of NATO. This is now UN-US crafted attempt to build history’s first, first of all largest military bloc of 28 members, with 3 nuclear powers - nothing like this has ever existed before. When you add the partnership programs with NATO and countries on almost every continent you have something in the neighborhood of 70 nations that are either NATO members or partners that is well over a third of nations in the world.
The Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently made a trip to S. Korea. That is the first time ever, the head of NATO has visited South Korea and also went to Japan to consolidate military partnerships with those two countries. Roughly a week ago, Rasmussen’s second in command deputy secretary general of NATO Alexander Vershbow openly discussed the possibility of invoking article 5 of the mutual military assistance clause against N. Korea in the event of conflict between the two countries.
RT:Washington is paying some 75 per cent into the Alliance's coffers. But isn't that fair, considering the US is usually calling the shots?
RR: If you’re stating that the US can purchase the political loyalties of countries in condition of economic destitution, particularly those in Eastern Europe particularly after the collapse of the socialist bloc; and lets recall all the 12 new members of NATO in the post-Cold War period, all incorporated into NATO within one decade, from 1999-2009 are in Eastern Europe. And these are countries that have been forced to send troops not only to Afghanistan to an active warzone where their sons and daughters have killed and died but were also forced to send troops to Iraq as an indication of their loyalty to NATO.
The fact the US is paying 75 percent of the expenses of NATO is
not so surprising considering what the US gets out of it. Other
countries have a very dubious claim to be protected by the US,
against whom one may ask, except that we noticed the rash of
military war games occurring in the Baltic Sea, I don’t think we
have to ask against whom. It is clear that the build-up in Eastern
Europe is aimed particularly at Russia.