In a recent essay, Justin Logan asks the fundamental question about U.S. alliance commitments: does the existence of such commitments automatically create an interest worth going to war over for the United States?
Explaining that no one in Washington sees any interest in going to war against Russia over the current crisis in Ukraine, Logan wonders whether the United States should contemplate doing so for countries where it has even smaller interests, such as the Baltic states, only because they, unlike Ukraine, are U.S. allies under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He argues that Washington would be misguided to waste blood and treasure just to honor what he refers to as a “sheet of paper,” and warns against the danger of forging alliances in places where there is no interest that warrants war.
The Fire Support Group of Charlie Company 40 Commando Royal Marines, at FOB Jackson in Afghanistan engage insurgents following contact Patrol Base Paylae. Photographer: LA(Phot) Si Ethell Image 45152919.jpg from http://www.defenceimages.mod.uk (Si Ethell / Crown Copyright)
LONDON — British lawmakers said Wednesday that U.K. commanders’ complacency and inadequate security were partly to blame for the failure to stop a Taliban attack on a U.S-British base in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines.
The House of Commons Defense Committee said more than half the guard towers were unstaffed at the time of the audacious September 2012 assault on Camp Bastion in Helmand province.
The lawmakers said troops on the base — who at the time included Prince Harry, a helicopter pilot — had been exposed to “unnecessary risk.”
BNP supporters have placed gallows outside the Old Bailey as tensions rise ahead of the sentencing of Lee Rigby’s murderers.
The fake gallows have been placed outside the entrance of the London court where members of the far-right group have flocked to learn the fate of Muslim extremeists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
The BNP was criticised in the wake of Drummer Rigby’s death for increasing racial tension in cities across the country.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the muder of fusilier Lee Rigby in WoolwichReuters
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of butchering Drummer Rigby in May last year in an attack that sent shockwaves across the nation.
The Muslim extremists ran over the 25-year-old in Woolwich before hacking him to death with knives.
Both men, who were shot by police, claimed that the killing was an act of war and that they were “soldiers of Allah”.