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Washington Post has published a
long piece calling for
NATO to take on a new official enemy — China. The
piece is written by Sara Bjerg Moller, an assistant
professor in the School of Diplomacy and
International Relations at Seton Hall University.
She argues that after 30 years since losing the
Soviet Union as its official enemy and struggling to
find a replacement to justify its continued
existence, a perfect replacement would be China.
I’ve got a better
idea. Let’s just put NATO out of its misery and
After all, let’s not
forget NATO’s original mission: to defend Europe
from the possibility of an invasion by the Soviet
Union, which had been America’s and Britain’s World
War II partner and ally but which had been converted
to their official enemy at the end of the war.
But the likelihood of
a Soviet invasion of Europe was always nil. The
Soviet Union had been decimated by World War II,
especially as a result of the German invasion of the
country. Even though the invasion was ultimately
repelled and Germany was defeated, the Soviet
Union’s industrial capacity had been destroyed, not
to mention the millions of Russian citizens who had
been killed. The last thing the Soviet Union wanted
was another war, especially given that the United
States possessed nuclear weapons and had shown a
willingness to employ them against large cities.
The advocates of a
national-security state in the United States,
however, needed a new official enemy to replace Nazi
Germany, especially to justify the conversion of the
U.S. government from a limited-government republic
to a national-security state, a type of governmental
structure with omnipotent, non-reviewable powers.
The Soviet Union and “godless communism” fit the
bill perfectly. The American people were then
inculcated with the notion that there was an
international communist conspiracy to take over the
United States and the rest of the world that was
based in Moscow, Russia.
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Americans and western Europeans that the Soviet
Union posed a grave threat to them, U.S.
officials pointed to the postwar Soviet
occupations of Eastern Europe and East Germany
as examples of communist aggression. They
apparently forgot that President Franklin
Roosevelt had delivered such lands into the
hands of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who FDR
affectionately referred to as his “Uncle Joe,”
at their wartime summit in Yalta. Was it really
too surprising that Stalin accepted FDR’s gift,
especially given that Eastern Europe and East
Germany would serve as a buffer against another
German invasion of the Soviet Union?
It was within this
fervent anti-communist environment that NATO was
formed. But in 1989, the Cold War suddenly and
unexpectedly came to an end, which, needless to say,
put the U.S. national-security establishment and
NATO into a panic. After all, the Cold War was the
justification for both of these institutions. With
no Cold War, they could both be dismantled.
national-security establishment simply went into the
Middle East and began poking hornets’ nest, which
ultimately brought terrorist retaliation, which in
turn brought the “war on terrorism,” another racket
that has kept the national-security establishment in
to let Russia go as an official enemy, NATO began
gobbling up former members of the Warsaw Pact, with
the aim of placing U.S. troops and missiles ever
closer to Russia’s borders and with the hope of
provoking a reaction, which ultimately came about in
As Moller argues,
however, Russia poses no real threat to Europe and,
therefore, cannot be seriously considered to be a
justification for NATO. Instead, she argues, it’s
time to replace Russia with China, owing to China’s
rise as an international powerhouse. The reasoning
is classic empire-think: If a nation starts to
prosper and rise, it’s best to put it down before it
gets too large and powerful.
How about just
leaving China and Russia alone? What’s wrong with
that? What’s wrong with other nations becoming
prosperous? The fact is that NATO should never have
been established in the first place. Moreover, the
biggest mistake in U.S. history was to convert the
federal government to a national-security state. The
best thing American could do now is terminate NATO
and restore a limited-government republic to our
Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and
president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.
He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and
received his B.A. in economics from Virginia
Military Institute and his law degree from the
University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for
twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct
professor at the University of Dallas, where he
taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr.
Hornberger left the practice of law to become
director of programs at the Foundation for
Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and
free markets on talk-radio stations all across
the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto
and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as
a regular commentator on Judge Andrew
Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these
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