Beyond Libya: Assessing NATO's Strengths and Weaknesses

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yesterday, NATO spokesman Col. Roland Lavoie announced that, "despite the remnants of the regime, the Tripoli region is essentially freed." While the NATO mission to take out the Gadhafi regime does seem to be largely a success, some critics are pointing out the many problems that arose with the NATO mission in Libya — problems that may be indicative of larger issues within NATO that need to be addressed.


Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, wrote in Foreign Policy that there were four big problems with the NATO mission in Libya, and they are problems that will keep popping up.

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Matt from Earth

The problem is Libya is going to lead to the same situation as after Iraq between the US and Russia. While a cold war mark two might be in the interest of NATO as it makes it relevant. Power is shifting to the east and the US cannot support NATO, (as Gates has stated) and realign itself in the Asia Pacific. So they need to thin out some areas, in the EU and Mid East, it is not possible for the US to disengage from the Mid East or go to thin. So the US will have to be thin in one geographic area, either Europe, Mid East or as they are now the Asia Pacific. The US is thin in the most important future region. That is why the Aussies had that whitepaper that reflected that depending on how things unfold the US could be thin in the Asia Pacific. So the last thing the US need was cold war mark II in the graveyard of international affairs Europe. And the Iskanders will be just the beginning of it.

Aug. 31 2011 01:19 AM

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