Friday, November 29, 2019

French President Macron: NATO's Enemy Is Terrorism, Not Russia Or China

RFE: Macron Says Russia, China Not NATO Allies' Common Enemies -- Terrorism Is

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he stands by comments he made three weeks ago when he described NATO as "brain-dead," and he defended his push for dialogue with Russia.

In a November 7 interview with the Economist magazine, Macron deplored a lack of strategic cooperation among NATO members, and pointed to what he saw as a waning commitment to the Western military alliance by the United States.

The assessment drew sharp criticism from allies, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warning against undermining the transatlantic alliance.

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WNU Editor: French President Macron is partially correct. When it comes to NATO Russia in some cases is a diplomatic competitor, it is an economic partner in many others, and it is not the enemy militarily even though I know many will disagree with that assessment. China is more complicated. They are not a diplomatic threat, but economically they are a competitor, and their military doctrine is to be very aggressive in Asia. Is it NATO's business to be involved in Asia? I think now. French President Macron is 100% right that NATO members should be pushing harder to have a dialogue with Russia.


Anonymous said...

Macron is peaking out a lot about foreign policy. So domestic affairs must be great?

Bob Huntley said...