“On May 4, it took office in Brussels on American General Curtis Scaparroti , the new Supreme Commander of NATO. In her dowry is the proposal to create a strong rotational contingent of four allied battalions (about 4,000 men) to be deployed in Poland and the Baltic countries in response to the exhibition of Putin muscle along the eastern borders of the Alliance.

This is in tune with his predecessor General Philip Breedlove, who had repeatedly indicated Russia as a potential source of instability in Europe. ”

So the former Chief of Military dell`Aeronautica State, former Military Advisor of the President of the Council of Ministers (1999-2004) and current president of ICSA Foundation, General Leonardo Tricarico, in an analysis on the future of NATO.

“If you really knew what and where are the real threats to security and stability of the euro-Atlantic area, it would have to smile. It is a strange behavior of the one held by the US in the last six or seven years.

On the one hand – Tricarico observes in his analysis for Askanews – never miss a chance to demonstrate all too clearly impatience with the unfair sharing of the burden in NATO, which they say would be borne on the shoulders of US taxpayers disproportionately.

But the other highlight, so now unacceptable, the pressure on allies so that they are the instrument of a policy that smells of stale: Cold War scenarios from time to time re-proposed by resort to a still undisputed dominant position “. So, a NATO which remains anchored to one of the Cold War scenario?

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“This is only the latest episode in a script that goes way back, a sort of muffled call of the wild in which the Russian bear is the enemy number one, towards which goes is never lowered his guard. A policy that is particularly sensitive ears (or perhaps originates?) In the countries that once belonged to the Soviet Union and still suspicious, if not hostile, toward Moscow.

In this framework they are born are highly provocative, that only thankfully have not yet triggered a real escalation, but have serious consequences in the confused, and that yes seriously, the international scenario. ” With what consequences? “Firstly, NATO pays scant attention to terrorism. Yet the US had joined the NATO-Russia Council Pratica di Mare (nelo 2002), set up just to fight terrorism together?

Today, obviously far since 2001 not only in the chronological sense, – continues Tricarico – do everything to irritate the Russian partner, which they desperately needed in other negotiating tables having much to ask ultimately swallowing giant toads. ”

“In the face of all this – notes Tricarico – one wonders what the Italian policy within the Alliance.

The silence in the face of recent US sorties would seem an assent to the line indicated by them, based on strengthening the northwestern side of a containment Putin increasingly threatening.

But really this is the Italian vision? Or should we say to the US, once and for all, that if they want to deploy their troops in a northern country fearful and complacent seek the resources at home without putting amid NATO? now it is not to close the door to new initiatives, especially those that Putin perceived as a threat to its security? “.

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“The time has not come that NATO start thinking seriously to strengthen its capacity to defeat terrorism, to put themselves at the disposal of the international community to curb the mass murderer madness instead of making the world believe that the enemy is Russia?

Only to see its most influential member, the US, forced to ask for help to remove the chestnuts from the fire most pressing, as has already happened several times?

This time, it does not need a European policy to jam the mechanism of a Europe of the north to US influence and a North-South dialogue Alliance always unheeded.

It would be enough that the next NATO ministerial one country asked aloud to restore the balance in Europe which, although disunited, needs no external constraints or to relegate in the corner Russia, with which we want to measure ourselves with our forces, our evaluations and our interests.

It is too much to hope that Italy will do it with the same vigor with which you are fighting for just as important causes such as immigration emergency and investment for employment? ”

by Leonardo Tricarico

from: http://www.analisidifesa.it/2016/05/tricarico-una-nato-anacronistica/

Leonardo Tricarico

He joined the Air Force Academy in 1961, where he flew more than 3 thousand hours of single-seat fighter aircraft and training, was commander of the Fifth Tactical Air Force of NATO Allied stationed in Vicenza and during the war in Kosovo in 1999 took over the tasks of operational commander of the Italian Air Force and Deputy commander of the Multinational Force used in the conflict. military counselor to three Presidents of the Council (D’Alema, Amato and Berlusconi) has been Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 2004 to 2006. He is currently president of ICSA Foundation.


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