June 18, 2011
It is an interesting development because, while the U.S. can buy and bully many nations on this globe, it can’t do so to the European nations.
Europe is not a united states or a confederation; it is, rather, a continent divided up into independent nations that have their own elections.
These nations have governments and parties that regularly change; they are separate nations accountable to the people who elected them and not to U.S. military needs.
What country could level a full-fledged attack against Europe?
It is ridiculous to think that European nations need NATO. European countries could easily withdraw from NATO and leave the U.S. to fight its own wars.
 (See the Department of Defense’s article by Jim Garamone, “Two-Tiered NATO ‘Unacceptable,’” 6-10-11)
 “The U.S. Burden,” SF Chronicle, Editorial, p. A13, 6-15-11)
 Gordon, Philip H., “NATO after 11 September,” Survival, vol. 43, Winter 2000-02, pp. xx-xx