When did America decide to defend Montenegro and the Baltic States?



Does anyone remember the public debate where America decided to defend Montenegro, by adding that nation to the NATO alliance? I don't.

Does anyone remember the debate over whether America should pledge to defend Albania, or Croatia, or the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia?

I don't.

And yet, as part of NATO, America is pledged to defend these countries. President Trump is taking criticism for daring to wonder why we are pledged to do so, at least in the case of Montenegro. NATO is getting seriously off mission. Here's a clue to that

North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). The key words are North Atlantic. Montenegro is nowhere near the North Atlantic.

Originally, NATO was created to defend two of our biggest allies, Great Britain and France, from Russian aggression (especially France, which has a perennial surrender problem). We added Germany to the organization later so they wouldn't go back to their old Nazi-loving ways. As Eastern European countries gained their freedom, we added those as well.

But Montenegro is none of those. Montenegro, a tiny country, was a province of Yugoslavia. Russia is nowhere near Montenegro. The only country Montenegro may need protection from is Serbia. Why are we getting involved to protect one tiny country from another? How does this advance US interests? The answer is, it does not.

The same goes for the Baltic States. The Baltic States are almost surrounded by Russia and Belarus. It would be nearly impossible for us to defend them from a Russian attack. By the time the Russians attacked, it would be all over before we could fly troops in there. Because of its close proximity to Russia and distance from our allies, it's almost undefendable.

And yet we never had a debate about defending the Baltic States. Is it really worth American lives to defend any of these countries?

President Trump is criticized for even raising the question, but it's a good one to ask. I don't see how it benefits America to defend Montenegro. And I don't see how it's possible to defend the Baltics.

Unfortunately, the liberal media which holds sway will not tolerate a discussion of this topic, so expect nothing to change. But a sober look at American interests and capabilities would question our commitment to far off places with little strategic value.



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