One thing regards the recent multi-nation tour by POTUS Barack Obama really stuck out for me as it raised a bunch of flags on something I’d been checking out. Then out of the blue I was wondering around through old posts and had another Ah ha! moment.
There was some press regards the US,NATO and Poland relationship. There was also obviously very partisan rhetoric from all sides on the relationship of the US and Poland. This struck me as interesting as whilst this was being doled out to the masses for soft consumption there were far more exciting developments in the east of Europe. The V-4 agreement to joint military exercises outside of the auspices of NATO. WTF?? does that even mean? Well I’ll tell you.
V4 is the cute term for the Visegrad Group. You see some time ago Poland,Czech Republic,Hungary and Slovakia formed an alliance. Modeled like a mini EU, economic and cultural aspects of the neighbors were its focus. Well now it has decided to embrace defense as an issue. Further it has committed to exercises with NATO as well as without.
What does it matter? Well in the ever evolving world order former Soviet vassals seeing a need and fulfilling it independently should at a minimum raise an eyebrow or two. How Russia,NATO and others respond to the roll out of this development is yet to be seen. I think however it decidedly speaks to a growing belief that US hegemony,reliability and all in all Pax Americana is down and out.
France a better ally! No the UK! no…..
Well that has been trounced during the latest trip which included a faux pas fest in the UK by Mr Obama. He now stresses that Cameron,the Queen and England rock. I don’t think the Brits forget as easily as Obamas handlers seem to hope. see previous Fray with related article.here