During the summit between President Obama and 27 other NATO heads of state at the highly-secured Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, some avid proponents of the military alliance called for an immediate expansion toward Russia's borders. Fast-track NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia, both of which began negotiations on NATO membership after George Soros- and CIA-funded street demonstrations resulted in democratically-elected pro-Russian governments being overthrown, is back on the table after being mothballed during NATO’s Bucharest Summit in 2008. The Western corporate media has been demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin but it fails to mention that Putin attended the Bucharest summit where it was agreed upon that there would be no invitation by NATO for Ukraine and Georgia to join the alliance…
But that was in 2008 and NATO had a different Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the former Dutch foreign minister. In the interim, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a cheerleader for neo-conservative invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, became NATO’s chief politician. Rasmussen aggressively implemented a policy of NATO expansion, scrapping the Bucharest agreement and turning the clock back to the Cold War era.
As NATO expands eastward in order to surround Russia on the east, south, and potentially, the west, Article 10 of the NATO Charter becomes a major problem for the Cold War-era military alliance. Article 10 stipulates that NATO membership is only open to "European States."
Article 10 reads: "The Parties [NATO Treaty signatories] may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this treaty. Any State so invited may become a Party to the Treaty by depositing its instrument of accession with the Government of the United States of America."
No serious geographer or cartographer would ever associate Kiev, Tbilisi, or Sofia with the "North Atlantic," as in the «North Atlantic» Treaty Organization.
However, Article 10 has not prevented a number of right-wing think tanks and neoconservative policy "boiler shops" in Washington from calling for NATO to ignore Article 10 and expand NATO far beyond the North Atlantic and Europe.
One of the first moves by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who overthrew the democratically-elected President Eduard Shevardnadze in the Soros-initiated and CIA-funded Rose Revolution of 2003, was to sign up for NATO's Membership Action Plan (MAP). Saakashvili also staged a dubious non-binding referendum in 2008 that resulted in 77 percent in support of Georgian NATO membership. However, Georgia claims ownership of two independent republics -- Abkhazia and South Ossetia -- that were welded into the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic by Joseph Stalin against the wishes of their peoples. Fearful of NATO's resurgence and wary of a new attempt by NATO to absorb Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia recently announced the creation of a "Unified Defense Space" to counter Georgia's and NATO's ambitions.
Similarly, after President Viktor Yushchenko and his Soros and American allies prevented the elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych from being sworn in as president after the so-called "Orange Revolution" of 2004, one of Yushchenko's first actions as president was to sign Ukraine up for NATO's "Intensified Dialogue" program. «Membership Action Plan» and «Intensified Dialogue» are NATO-speak for fast-track membership in the military pact. In 2010, after Yanukovych's election and unimpeded inauguration as Ukrainian president, Soros, the Obama administration neocons, and the CIA planned for another undemocratic seizure of power. After Yanukovych was ousted in the so-called "Euromaidan" revolution earlier this year, the new Kiev coalition of World Bank technocrats and neo-fascists called for fast track membership for Ukraine in NATO. And NATO leaders, meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Wales, appeared ready to accede to Ukraine’s request. As Poroshenko was shaking hands with NATO leaders, it was announced by the Pentagon that U.S. and other NATO troops were to arrive in Lvov in late September to train with Ukrainian military personnel in Operation RAPID TRIDENT.
The Kiev regime is plowing ahead for NATO membership even though a 2009 poll revealed that 57 percent of Ukrainians opposed NATO membership for their country. In Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, which has declared independence from Kiev, a poll showed 74 percent opposed to NATO membership.
Taking advantage of the new Cold War that NATO, itself, initiated with the Western-led coup in Kiev, NATO planners are working with neocon and right-wing political leaders in neutral Sweden, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, and Malta to fast-track those nations into NATO. Finland is a particular prize for NATO because of its 833-mile long border with Russia. Some Finnish rightists also yearn for the return of eastern Karelia, which was former Finnish territory ceded to the former Soviet Union after the Finno-Soviet Winter War. Recent polls show 50 percent of Swedes opposed to NATO membership. Although Finland and NATO signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2014 that many believe permit NATO pre-positioning of military equipment near the Russian border, polls show 52 percent of Finns being opposed to NATO membership. Former Finnish Presidents Tarja Halonen and Mauno Koivisto have warned that Finnish membership in NATO would irrevocably harm Finland's relations with Russia. Switzerland, where opposition to NATO runs high in the historically neutral nation, has already committed troops to NATO’s Kosovo Force. Former Swiss President Adolf Ogi and the conservative Free Democratic Party have called for Switzerland’s membership of NATO.
NATO has also been trying to wean Ireland away from its traditional neutrality. Many observers believe that NATO has a secret agreement with Ireland to use Shannon Airport as a cargo and personnel transit hub. NATO's gambit has been to use the terrorist feat to lure Ireland into NATO, the reasoning being that Ireland would be safer from terrorism inside NATO than as an outsider. It is the same argument that has been used by the "No" campaign in the United Kingdom to keep Ireland's Celtic brethren in Scotland from voting "Yes" for independence in the upcoming referendum. An Irish Defense Policy Green Paper released by Ireland's Defense Minister Alan Shatter, released earlier this year, calls for Ireland to pursue NATO membership.
In May of this year, Austria inched closer to NATO membership when it became the first non-NATO country to join NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia. Polls have shown a majority of Austrians being opposed to NATO membership.
Malta renewed its membership in NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in 2008 without parliamentary approval. The Labor government withdrew from the program in 1996. The move was seen as a way to absorb Malta into NATO in contravention of the neutrality article in Malta’s constitution. It was recently revealed that Maltese Prime Minister George Borg Olivier began membership talks with NATO two days after Malta’s independence in 1964. It turns out that Malta rejoined PfP in 2008 after right-wing Malta Nationalist leader Lawrence Gonzi secretly pledged to U.S. ambassador Molly Bordanaro that Malta would rejoin the PfP after he became prime minister. Gonzi, as prime minister, carried out his pledge without parliamentary approval. Yet, Mr. Obama had the audacity to tell the world in Estonia that NATO is an alliance of «democracies!»
Some NATO officials have also expressed an interest in folding Azerbaijan and Armenia under the NATO umbrella. A confidential NATO paper recently leaked to Der Spiegel calls for enhanced "interoperability" of the military forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as Moldova, with NATO, and proposes "smart defense" operations between the three nations and NATO.
President Obama said in Estonia that NATO is an alliance of democracies. Some of these "democracies" apparently want to rush their nations into NATO even when majorities of their people are opposed to such action. Obama apparently feels that his definition of democracy does not include abiding by the wishes of majorities.
Although Moldova's constitution prohibits the country from joining any military alliance, that inconvenient fact has not deterred Moldovan Defense Minister Vitalie Marinuţa from calling for Moldova to join NATO. Marinuţa, who came to power with a government sponsored by Soros provocateurs, is a former employee of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, where he was a "strategy and policy planner." Moldova's sudden interest in NATO membership has resulted in Transnistrian leaders calling for the same type of support Russia has extended to Crimea, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia when they were threatened by NATO aggression.
Another country on NATO's list for prospective members is Bosnia-Herzegovina, a tripartite federation consisting of Bosniak Muslim, Croatian, and Serbian republics. Bosnian Defense Minister Selmo Cikotić is a leading cheerleader for fast-track NATO membership for Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cikotić is a former Bosnian military attaché in Washington and attended the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas before being expelled following accusations that his troops committed war crimes in the Bosnian town of Bugojno. In 2007, Cikotić and Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac traveled to a NATO Council summit in Brussels to petition for their countries to become NATO members. Šutanovac is a graduate of the George Marshall Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, which is Pentagon funded. NATOI has established the Serbia - NATO Defense Reform Group in Belgrade to prepare the Serbian military for NATO integration. Although some Serbs want NATO membership, both the Srpska Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia recall with bitter memories the sustained NATO bombing campaigns against both countries that resulted in large numbers of civilian deaths.
The artificial nation of Kosovo, a NATO and European Union invention, also wants NATO membership. It hosts Camp Bondsteel, a military base used by the United States and NATO. Kosovo's chief NATO membership promoter is Enver Hoxhaj, a former official of World University Service-Austria, a "Christian" NGO with strong Soros links. Also on track for NATO membership are Montenegro and Macedonia. However, polls show 42 percent of Montenegrins opposed to NATO membership.
NATO's renewed march east is a far cry from the agreement made between the George H W Bush administration and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Moscow's agreement on German reunification, NATO would not inch any further east. That agreement was scrapped by Bill Clinton's Prague-born Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who eagerly welcomed her native Czech Republic, as well as Poland and Hungary as NATO members in 1997. Albright's promises that NATO would not further expand toward Russia and never include any former Soviet republics were shown to be hollow after Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania joined NATO in 2004 after membership negotiations began under Albright's tutelage in 2000. Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Romania also joined NATO in 2004. Croatia and Albania followed in 2009.
It is when NATO starts to eye members outside of Europe that Article 10 becomes a major issue. Some in NATO say the way to get around Article 10 is to grant membership in NATO to countries with a past integrated history with a European country. Under such a rubric, Kazakhstan could be invited to join NATO since it was once part of the Soviet Union, which was a European country. Likewise for Argentina, which was once ruled by Spain; Singapore, which was ruled by Britain; and Morocco, once ruled by France and Spain. Under such an interpretation, all of South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and most of Southeast Asia could be welcomed into NATO.
A recent cooperation agreement between NATO and Colombia was seen by some as a first step toward NATO membership for that Latin American nation. Some neocon think tanks have called for NATO membership for Mexico. Further neocon proposals have called for NATO to become a global military alliance and offer full membership to Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, India, Singapore, and South Africa. There have even been calls for NATO to take in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Morocco, and Jordan as members. To further integration with NATO, the NATO Kosovo Force included troops from Morocco and the UAE. Another U.S. contrivance to place countries outside of Europe on a NATO footing is to denote certain nations as «Non-NATO U.S. allies.» These include Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.
Israel has tried to convince NATO to base its southeastern command structure in Israel, which would serve to protect NATO’s southeastern flank, including Cyprus. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has moved his country closer to NATO membership by applying for NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. Cyprus already hosts large British military bases used by NATO.
For some in NATO and the Pentagon, the ultimate goal is nothing less than U.S. military control of the entire planet. There are those in NATO’s bureaucracy who dream of accomplishing what the Roman emperors, Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler failed to do.