My statements on NATO triggered some reactions. I do stand by them. It is a burden we share: we can’t put money and pay the cost of our soldiers’ lives without being clear on the fundamentals of what NATO should be. Tomorrow, I will stand up for the French and European interests.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 3, 2019
Emmanuel Macron wants NATO to refocus on terrorism, improve relations with Russia and not become the junior party of the United States in a new renewed Cold War with China. He thinks NATO has been “brain dead” in post-Cold War era and is essentially correct.
“Paris (CNN) – Nobody likes to hear that an old friend is “brain dead,” so perhaps it’s not surprising that France’s allies seem to be going through the seven stages of grief over Emmanuel Macron’s pronouncement in the Economist last month that NATO is languishing.
There was first shock and denial. Speaking alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on November 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she disagreed with the French President’s description of the 70-year-old alliance. …
It is a notion with which de Montbrial agrees. “We are in a totally different world, the shadow of the Soviet Union is no longer a risk of the same nature…the principal risk is not an invasion into Baltic countries by Russia, it’s terrorism, it’s the danger we have on our southern flank for which NATO has no response.”
While Macron’s provocation was pointedly directed at NATO, it reflected a broader sense of urgency in the hallways of his presidential palace over more diverse geopolitical changes on the horizon. With the world rapidly dividing into two superpower blocks — American and Chinese — Macron does not want Europe to be forced into choosing one or the other.
“We are in a Europe where we left the arms issue under the control of treaties that predated the end of the Cold War between the United States and Russia. Is that a Europe that thinks about its destiny and builds?” Macron said. Macron has been urging his advisers to take another look at relations with Russia. …”
The real threat to Europe in the 21st century isn’t Chinese commercial success or a Russian invasion of the Baltic states. It comes from being culturally and spiritually dead under liberalism while the plot of The Camp of the Saints unfolds in the Mediterranean. If the status quo is allowed to continue, there won’t be a Europe worth defending 50 years from now.
Trump is myopically stuck in the 1980s and focused on NATO’s relative spending levels as if that was the great challenge of our times. He is also focused on the Iranian threat because of Sheldon Adelson’s shekels. Macron also criticized Trump for being too willing to pull out of Syria before ISIS is completely destroyed there and for being too soft on Turkey. The purpose of NATO should be to defend Europe from an invasion and currently it is doing nothing to stop it.
Note: Putin doesn’t think there will even be a European Union in 2030 because of this issue.