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I Tried to Put Russia on Another Path | The Atlantic by Bill Clinton |

"My policy was to work for the best, while expanding NATO to prepare for the worst."

Lately, NATO expansion has been criticized in some quarters for provoking Russia and even laying the groundwork for Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The expansion certainly was a consequential decision, one that I continue to believe was correct.

As United Nations ambassador and later secretary of state, my friend Madeleine Albright, who recently passed away, was an outspoken supporter of NATO expansion. So were Secretary of State Warren Christopher; National Security Adviser Tony Lake; his successor, Sandy Berger; and two others with firsthand experience in the area.

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I understood that renewed conflict was a possibility. But in my view, whether it happened depended less on NATO and more on whether Russia remained a democracy and how it defined its greatness in the 21st century. Would it build a modern economy based on its human talent in science, technology, and the arts, or seek to re-create a version of its 18th-century empire fueled by natural resources and characterized by a strong authoritarian government with a powerful military?

Madeleine Albright excelled at every step. Indeed, few diplomats have ever been so perfectly suited for the times they served as Madeleine. As a child in war-torn Europe, Madeleine and her family were twice forced to flee their home--first by Hitler, then by Stalin. She understood that the end of the Cold War provided the chance to build a Europe free, united, prosperous, and secure for the first time since nation-states arose on the continent. As UN ambassador and secretary of state, she worked to realize that vision and to beat back the religious, ethnic, and other tribal divisions that threatened it.

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And it is the strength of the NATO alliance, and its credible threat of defensive force, that has prevented Putin from menacing members from the Baltics to Eastern Europe. As The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum said recently,

    "The expansion of NATO was the most successful, if not the only truly successful, piece of American foreign policy of the last 30 years ... We would be having this fight in East Germany right now if we hadn't done it."

Just stop bullshitting us Bill ... quoting one of the most ferocious Russophobes is not convincing in any way. Big Liar 🤥🤥🤥

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 07:39:57 PM EST
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