A Broken “Theory of Victory”
Back in 1949, NATO was specifically created to counter the threat of the Soviet Union. Since 1991, there hasn’t been much of a need for the organization.Yet our “ride or die” treaty with the bulk of Europe remains intact 31 years after the Warsaw Pact fell apart. Just a decade ago, policymakers were questioning whether Russia should be considered a threat. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who died yesterday, dismissed the idea as absurd in 2012… before changing her mind a few years later.
No doubt Biden and his peers will spend some time congratulating themselves for keeping the band together all this time. Russia’s actions prove NATO has been necessary all this time, right? Hmmm… Byron King, my guest for today’s Session, was on the staff of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations around the time the Soviet Union fell apart. Since then he’s witnessed NATO redefine its raison d’etre time and again… eventually, self-justifying its way into a bloated, unsustainable bureaucracy.