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Browne casts doubt on Nato's long-term future
Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian

The defence secretary, Des Browne, yesterday questioned the long-term viability of Nato, saying it was not providing the forces or capabilities needed to maintain its credibility as a military alliance.

In a remarkably strong attack on Nato's failings by a British defence secretary, he said there was "far too big a mismatch between our aspirations and what we actually deliver".

In a thinly-disguised reference to the reluctance of some Nato countries to deploy troops or military equipment to Afghanistan, he said: "I sometimes wonder whether the concept of improving usability in Nato is not embraced with much warmth by some allies. Indeed, in some quarters it is an exercise conducted through gritted teeth."

Addressing an international security conference in Rome, Browne told fellow defence ministers that Nato was "not getting the forces or capabilities it needs in order to maintain its credibility in carrying out the full range of missions for which it was designed. As a consequence, there are concerns as to its longer term viability."

by Magnifico on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 12:23:01 PM EST
Addressing an international security conference in Rome, Browne told fellow defence ministers that Nato was "not getting the forces or capabilities it needs in order to maintain its credibility in carrying out the full range of missions for which it was designed.

Like intimidating the USSR as best it can?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 12:43:59 PM EST
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