An alliance is worth keeping only to the extent that it reduces threats to its members. By supporting reckless interventions far from NATO’s home, and by provoking needless confrontations with Russia, the Western alliance fails that test.
Perhaps it is time to recognize that George W. Bush’s disastrous foreign policy legacy encompasses far more than just Iraq and torture. Bush also understood nothing about Russia.
European security has two problems: Russia and NATO.
The fact that NATO insists on getting engaged reveals the elephant in the room: underlying the crisis in Crimea is Nato's undisguised ambition to continue two decades of expansion into what used to be called "post-Soviet space".