The Guardian is reporting that a group of top military officials from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Netherlands have proposed sweeping reform of NATO:
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.
Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”.
While I agree that the United States and Europe will inevitably either draw closer together or grow farther apart, it’s not immediately clear to me which is the better outcome for us and I’m far from convinced that there’s any way to achieve a closer and more effective military alliance if the European members are committed to allowing their militaries to languish.
I’ve put additional remarks at Outside the Beltway.