NATO is neither obsolete nor a threat to a common European defense force. Rather, it is the centerpiece of Euro-Atlantic foreign policy and a catalyst for European defense reform.
In the 21st century, the gravest threat to representative government may come from within.
E. Wayne Merry responds to criticisms of his"Therapy's End" essay (Winter 2003/04).
The high priests of the European Commission invoke the arcane scripture of the Precautionary Principle to justify their environmental enyclicals--the wages of reason be damned.
American is playing matchmaker to Turkey and the EU. It had better work. A broken engagement could mean a clash of civilizations.
NATO died with the Soviet Union. Get over it.
Is the United States becoming more skeptical of the EU, or just more confused?
Sure, the countries of "New Europe" are friends of the United States right now--but what happens when Brussels gets a hold of them?
The advent of a new historical epoch requires boldness in foreign policy architecture. Though less studied than the post-World War II master builders, Charles Evans Hughes' effort after World War I is a worthy case in point.
Those who would compare U.S. and European power by focusing on military capabilities misread history and miss the essence of NATO's genius--and future prospects.