ref date:12 Dec 1999 (CD)
Americans fear the demise of NATO
Blair signed up for something else in Helsinki that is long, long overdue.
A commitment to establish a European military force that would help
with international crises that was controlled by the European parliament,
and NOT NATO (nor the UN per se)
This is about time. NATO has shown itself to be impotent these days.
It let the slaughter in Cyprus, Bosnia-Croatia and Kosovo go unchecked
or nearly unchecked for too long.
The US should NOT have any say in what affects Europe. NATO has served its purpose.
Time to move on.
It would also save a lot of money. NATO is top heavy and over priced!