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The Next war? (Fearless Blue)

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DavePat (Fearless Blue)

Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 06:59 pm Click here to edit this post
NATO members are obligated to fight if one member is attacked. If members fall out because they dont want too then the alliance falls apart and the Russians win an automatic victory. Let us keep in mind NATO was created to keep an expansionist Russia/USSR from expanding beyond a certain limit.

As for NATO being forged in fire and blood sorry that's nonsense. The British/American alliance was forged in fire and blood but NATO except for Afganistan has always been a shaky proposition. The US/Britian/Germany formed the backbone of the alliance against the Soviets/Warsaw pack - the rest were window dressing. Sorry to people who live and are citizens of these window dressing countries but its the truth!

In the early 50s several studies were formed to examine just how large NATO (military arm) needed to be in order to actually defend against a Soviet move on the west. The number of Divisions, Task Groups (and types), Air Forces was all determined to accomplish different missions, as well as the quality and location of these forces. These studies turned in a Study Group by 1960 charged with constantly updating the material needs of NATO. NATO at its strongest did not even achieve the min defense requirements until 1984 and then mostly because Reagan/Thatcher team read Hackett's August 1985 and took it to heart!

With the addition of the former easter block countries to NATO, today the front line of NATO has shifted to Poland and may include the Ukraine soon. Germany has issues with its military now, having downsized it (Germany was considered the second best formations or equal with the US/Britian portion of the alliance). Germany would have problems providing its forces beyond a certain amount - two or three divisions - to any enterprise outside its immediate border area. The US would have severe problems sending more than 2 divisons to any enterprise and Britian maybe one. Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Italy and the rest of NATO combined might be able to provide 3 divisions! Poland and Ukraine would provide the bulk of the military forces equipt with a mix of Russian and Western Powers hardware, hell communications alone in those armies is a nightmare and makes the French 1939/1940 communications nightmare look tame! Such a war today would look like a repeat of the beginnings of WW2 make no mistake about this, with the west looking just as silly as they did then. It would of course take on its own course and become a different sort of war but then thats the nature of all this.

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