Emmanuel Macron is right that Europe should defend itself

Source: Washington Post
by Henry Olsen

French President Emmanuel Macron was right when he said Tuesday that Europe should stop being naive and quit relying primarily on the United States for its defense. Indeed, it’s in the interests of both the United States and Europe to realize that. … NATO’s first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, famously said the alliance’s purpose was ‘to keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in and the Germans down.’ That may have been true once. But the end of the Cold War meant there was no longer a Soviet Union to keep out, and the expansion of NATO and the European Union to include most of the former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe means that Russian forces are now hundreds of miles away from Western Europe. NATO’s old purpose has largely been met.” (09/30/21)