Dropping the hammer on NATO
Posted by aogFriday, 07 February 2003 at 15:39 TrackBack Ping URL
In the previous scene, the Bush administration had sought to put the AoW on the spot by asking NATO not to participate in the invasion of Iraq but to protect NATO members (particularly Turkey) from any counter-attacks. Surely if NATO has any meaning whatsoever, that would be it. However, doing so would be costly domestically for the AoW. That ticking bomb is about to go off. It has been reported that George Roberts, the Secretary General of NATO, has invoked the "silent procedure" for such a defensive operation. This means that it will go forward unless a NATO member expliticly objects. So the AoW can just hide until it goes away - they must either go along, object or destroy NATO (or at least their membership). The deadline is 9 GMT on Monday. Isn't it nice when a plan comes together?

UPDATE: France really did it.

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pj Sunday, 09 February 2003 at 14:52

I expect this will go through - it seems the most likely quid pro quo for the US support of the UN Resolution in support of the French intervention in the Ivory Coast.

Annoying Old Guy Monday, 10 February 2003 at 14:33

PJ;

Oh, you poor naive fool…

Seriously, though, I just saw the news that France (along with Belgium) did in fact officially veto the move. How can NATO survive that?

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