2008 June 19 Thursday
France To Rejoin NATO Military Structure

The relationship between the United States and Europe is not falling apart.

More than four decades ago, Charles de Gaulle, angry with American and British domination of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said France’s military integration into the alliance had been “stripped of justification.”

But now that the Soviet Union is gone and the European Union is more fully established, President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided that France is best served by participating fully with Washington and NATO, in part because the vast majority of members of the European Union are also members of the alliance.

NATO's purpose was famously put by British General Lord Ismay as "to keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down." Well, it does not do the latter two any more. I suspect it is going to become a Western alliance to allow the Western powers to maintain influence around the world as Asian economies grow bigger and China becomes more influential. The leadership of France likely see that as far more important than anything that you might expect them to think about George W. Bush.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 June 19 09:44 PM  Europe and America

JSBolton said at June 20, 2008 2:02 AM:

This is hugely better than the EU army that was also being pushed, before the Irish referendum rejected the treaty.
Hopefully that's what it means, but one still has to be suspicious that the French might not be trying to work NATO into something different, more like the EU army idea. That is, something like France goes in, and the US goes mostly out.

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