Western Europe no longer needs the United States to defend it, so why maintain the charade that it does? It’s eastern Europeans who truly value the American alliance implicit in NATO. Direct security cooperation with the countries of eastern Europe through a European “hub and spokes” system would more efficiently reflect strategic realities than the current commitment to collective defense, without undermining NATO’s worthy postmodern missions. God helps those who help themselves, and in a world of scarce resources, so should the United States.
Salvatore Babones is an associate professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.
Image: U.S. President Donald Trump walks at the start of a NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hanna