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  • The EU’s Insecurity Policy

    For nearly 20 years, the European Union has been gearing up for a “Common Foreign and Security Policy” with the goal of being able to flex some real global muscle.So, Europeans will take care of their own corner of the world instead of waiting around for the U.S. to come to the rescue? This is something the U.S. should welcome, right?


    The proposed European defense policy—based on “centralization,” i.e., stripping member countries of their sovereignty—is intended by many Europeans not so much to create a reliable defense, but to provide the much-ballyhooed “counterbalance” to U.S. power.

    No matter that this new policy—which merely duplicates the role of NATO instead of providing additional security—is sure to drain the already limited militaries of EU members; no matter that past attempts at centralized EU military action were abject failures and had to be fixed by NATO (see Kosovo 1999).

    But, regardless of real global threats and real limited resources, the EU is bent on stripping the U.S. of its transatlantic leadership for the sake of . . . um . . . stripping the U.S. of its transatlantic leadership.

    Sally McNamara has more on why the EU’s plans for transatlantic security will lead to the exact opposite, here.

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    One Response to The EU’s Insecurity Policy

    1. Patrick Bell says:

      I recently attended a series of briefings at NATO SHAPE and the EU in Belgium. I was very surprised to see uniformed officers giving the briefings, as I was unaware that the EU even had a military. That's probably because it's tiny, and still in its infancy.

      However, I got the sense from several NATO and EU military officials that its more of a symbiotic and symbolic relationship than anything else. As I understand it, the EU doesn't have the capability at present to launch its own military missions, at least not without NATO support.

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