Chuck Spinney: NATO’s Failure Predicted in 1998

Government, Idiocy, Military
Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

It is pretty clear from Vladimir Putin’s recent speech regarding the Russian moves into Crimea that the expansion of NATO is a major grievance.  Russians believe the quid pro quo for disbanding the Warsaw Pact and their withdrawing from Eastern Europe was a promise by the West not to expand NATO eastward.  Putin’s speech drips with a sense of betrayal, and not entirely without reason, as Ambassador Jack Matlock explains here.  It is not as if the problems of NATO expansion were unforeseeable.  Attached herewith is a warning about NATO expansion made 16 years ago by my friend Lee Gaillard warned that NATO expansion might lead to problems.

Chuck Spinney

NATO Needs To Re-Examine Its Mission

By Theodore L. Gaillard Jr.

Special To The Seattle Times, 10 February 1998