To the Editor: Compliments to Pat Buchanan for another incisive critique of the mindless expansion of NATO (“Is NATO, 70, brain-dead?”). NATO was originally formed to protect a handful of Western allies against attack by the USSR. Eisenhower said that if NATO were around in 10 years, it would have failed — i.e., to enable war-torn allies rebuild to the point where they could defend themselves.
Instead, we expand it, when we should be disbanding. This is no way to get along with Russia.. The expansionist Soviet threat is long gone. But we open NATO to former Soviet republics! No wonder the Russians feel threatened. How would we like it if Oregon or Maine seceded and formed a military alliance with a foreign power?
As Buchanan notes, the more countries that enter NATO, the more dangerous the world becomes. Why does the insanity continue? Two wild guesses: job tenure for the military establishment and welfare for defense contractors.
ALAN M. PERLMAN