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NATO Paranoia Versus Eurasia Integration

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As the NATO summit in Warsaw gained traction, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov could not contain a wry observation; "We aren't the ones getting closer to NATO's borders."

This is a statement of fact. But NATO does not dwell on facts; only myths. One of the Beltway's ironclad myths is that NATO periodically drags the US back into its "traditional role" of guaranteeing the security of Europe. It's actually the other way around; Washington periodically needs to re-imprint on European vassals the absolute need for more NATO.

For too long NATO had been focusing on "out of area" operations; since at least 1993, when the concept first sprang up.

This has resulted in NATO "projecting stability" in Afghanistan -- miserably losing a war to a bunch of tribesmen with Kalashnikovs -- and Libya -- turning a stable nation-state into a wasteland ravaged by militias.

That's still far from over. Just look at item II of the Warsaw summit: "Projecting stability." Here's the mission: "To safeguard security at home, NATO must also project stability beyond its borders."

That's NATO as Global Robocop -- a project bound to pick up speed again in case the official neocon/neoliberalcon candidate, Hillary Clinton, is in command of the White House in 2017.

Most of all NATO is now back to its (remixed) Cold War mission of confronting Russia. That's the key theme of the Warsaw summit -- and beyond, whatever the spin.

So it's all about "Russian aggression." And to spin it, NATO is bent on creating a New Iron Curtain, as plastic as it may be, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and mightily deliver that "clear message" enounced by secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg; "If any of our allies is attacked the whole alliance will respond as one."

The New Iron (Plastic?) Curtain for the moment takes the form mostly of four puny multinational battalions deployed on a rotational basis to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

And this while the real "threat" to NATO members is not Russia, but what pertains to a taboo debate in Europe; the blowback for Washington's direct and indirect Middle East blunders -- from Shock and Awe to "leading from behind" to weaponizing "moderate rebels," classic Empire of Chaos moves that contributed to a massive refugee crisis.

The best way Stoltenberg could frame it is that "we will establish a framework to deal with threats and challenges from the south." In NATO speak "south" means, in theory, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh active in MENA (Middle East/Northern Africa). But not al-Qaeda spinoffs who may be bundled as "moderate rebels."

Stoltenberg also insists, "We don't want the new Cold War." Yet NATO's projection of "stability" on the ground spells otherwise. And if there were any doubts that the EU and NATO are one in the whole project, the joint declaration signed in Warsaw by Stoltenberg, president of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker and president of the European Council Donald Tusk dispels them for good.

After all, even the British establishment has been forced to admit that the EU, from the beginning, was a CIA project, as much as NATO is a Pentagon spin-off.

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