NATO, facing assertive Russia, ponders what to do

Return To Article

Commenting has temporarily been suspended in preparation for our new website launch, which is planned for the week of August 12th. When the new site goes live, we will also launch our new commenting platform. Thank you for your patience while we make these changes.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    of course NATO will do nothing. NATO is used to getting leadership from the US and BO only knows how to campaign, not lead. When The Great Waffler and community organizer heads your organization, what do you expect? Putin ain't buying BO's campaigning.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 10, 2014 4:48 a.m.

    There is no evidence that Putin has put any boots on the ground in the Ukraine and that's the UN dilemma. The US, Obama, says there is but no one has evidence of it, not even the EU. Putin is sitting on the side and Obama is encouraging a civil war by turning the government of Ukraine on its own people. Obama is leading the attack as usual with lies and hate. The Ukraine is Obama pride and joy when he disarmed all the people of their right to defend themselves from UN attacks.

    It was thoughtless disinformation by Obama when he disarmed the Russian in the Ukraine to force them to surrender to the EU against their own wishes, then installed west friendly government in the Ukraine. Like Crimea, very few people wanted to be removed as Russian people and they are now rebelling against being told by Obama they can't be Russian as their heritage has been for centuries.

    The Ukraine is victims of political lies by Obama and its Obama's terrorism they and EU is rebelling.

    The UN can't engage in or invade a country in civil chaos by US involvement.

  • Piper Scio, OR
    May 9, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Did Putin blink? He said he's pulling out the 40,000 troops on Ukrainian's boarder though NATO is saying they haven't seen any movement. I think he realizes that a true invasion would cause heavy economic sanctions, which would tank the Russian economy even more than it's now experiencing. NATO most certainly has the Intelligence when they accuse Russia of sending their special forces into Eastern Ukraine to stir unrest.

    What's unfortunate is the current status of our military forces: ten active duty Army divisions and eleven carrier strike groups. The other NATO members spend even less on defense per capita than what we do. History has shown that weakness emboldens tyrants. Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war).

  • Concinnity Meadow, UT
    May 9, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    If NATO won't do anything meaningful regarding limiting Russia's recent encroachment and takeover of free and democratic countries (such as the Ukraine), then they apparently aren't good for much of anything... except for perhaps tooting it's own horn. It will have become an entity with a lot of bark and basically no bite... much like the actions of some other bigger administration we've recently witnessed. Neither seem to impress Putin much at all, especially since he seems to understand them for what they really are.

    As such, and if that truly is the case, then we may as well just disband NATO... especially if it won't stand behind the USA who pays the lion's share of it's support budget. If it can't support us, then why should we continue supporting it with our many billions of taxpayer dollars annually? We currently seem to be getting very little bang for the buck. Perhaps it has become something that has outgrown it's usefulness.