Daniel L. Davis, a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, warns President Trump against bringing Georgia into NATO. At The National Interest, Davis makes the case against expansion of the security alliance to the Russian doorstep. He writes (abridged):
Members of America’s foreign policy establishment are encouraging the White House to adopt more confrontational policies towards Moscow. One policy suggestion that would increase confrontation would be to include more countries on Russia’s border in America’s security alliance known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Doing this would turn Russia into an enemy. Such as decision would be myopic, short-sighted, and ultimately harmful to American interests .
It is time to refocus American policy to avoid the unnecessary antagonism of competitors, to ensure prosperity for future generations. Washington should seek to maintain a world-class deterrent while ensuring U.S. participation in alliances serve American interests—not place those interests at higher risk.
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