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NATO's Stealth Operation Barbarossa*Michael Munk Salem-News.com
Of the 12 new members of the military alliance in previously “Soviet space,” seven are fragments of former socialist states.
(PORTLAND) - I was inspired by the comment of Andrew Biehn, commander of the guided missile destroyer USS Truxtum which has just entered the Black Sea and docked at the Bulgarian port of Varna, that he is conducting joint exercises with “our allies in the region”" –namely Bulgaria and Romania—a few hundred miles from the Crimea. Somehow, I had forgotten that those two countries were military allies of the US and it set me off on a review of the history of NATO expansion. Founded in 1949 by the Truman regime as a military alliance against the Soviet Union, until 1952 when NATO expanded into the east Mediterranean with Greece and Turkey, one could argue its members were broadly related to the North Atlantic region--with the possible exception of Italy. But with the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, which Putin in 2005 correctly called a “major geopolitical disaster of the century,” its stealth “Barbarossa” has moved inexorably east into the former socialist countries and the rumps of their fragmented states. By doing so, it violated its understanding with Gorbachev that it would not extend the NATO military alliance east if the Soviet Union would accept NATO member West Germany absorbing East Germany.** Of the 12 new members of the military alliance in previously “Soviet space,” seven are fragments of former socialist states.
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