U.S. recruits NATO to police the Western Hemisphere
U.S. Southern Command recently held what was titled the Allies Conference 2021 with representatives of the Pentagon and opposite numbers from NATO member states Britain, Canada, France and the Netherlands. The U.S. and Canada of course are Western Hemispheric nations and the other three NATO members have possessions in the Caribbean and South America. (Britain: Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. France: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin. The Netherlands: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.) General Tod Wolters, both commander of U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, participated in the conference.
Military officials of the five nations, all founding members of NATO, held “strategic level discussions to explore the future of the Western Hemisphere’s security through a trans-Atlantic lens.” In particular, they emphasized a collective response to “global threats to [the] hemisphere.” It’s hard to interpret the latter as anything other than a reference to Russia, China and, less so, Iran. Evidently the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with thirty members and forty partners, will now be an adjunct of the U.S. in enforcing the Monroe Doctrine.
Indeed the commander of Southern Command, Admiral Craig Faller, told the conference: “Most of the countries in this region have negative GDP and simultaneously we see…geo-strategic rivalries playing out particularly with respect to China. In this hemisphere, we see their insidious rise, just as we see them around the world, and they’re looking to ensure China’s economic dominance through every possible means.”
In 2006 the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1) entered the Caribbean Sea for the first time to engage in port visits to fellow NATO members’ possessions and exercises with those allies.
The preceding year then-Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused NATO of planning an invasion of his nation under the code name of Operation Balboa.
That plan is described by Wikipedia as follows:
“Operation Balboa was a military simulation conducted by the Spanish Armed Forces from May 3 to 18, 2001 to mimic an invasion of western Venezuela from Colombia and Panamá. The military exercise included operation by land, air and sea in which the forces of the United States along with regional allies carried an attack to seize the west of Venezuela under the authorization of a fictitious UN resolution 1580.”
Appearing on ABC’s Nightline news program in 2005, Chavez stated the invasion plan included the use of U.S. Marines deployed to Curaçao and warplanes and aircraft carriers from NATO nations. He warned that if the U.S. and its allies attacked Venezuela, “they will be involved in a century-long war.”
Later NATO recruited troops from El Salvador for its 54-nation global military force in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force.
In 2018 Colombia joined NATO’s Partners Across the Globe, inaugurated during the military bloc’s summit in Chicago in 2012.
In the past twenty years of NATO’s global expansion Portugal had led annual military exercises and war games with its former colonies under the name of Felino, including with Brazil in the Western Hemisphere. The first such endeavor was held in 2001 and included the participation of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. The following year the exercise was held in Caatinga, in northeastern Brazil.
What is being effected by the U.S. through NATO is simultaneously mobilizing history’s largest and first global military bloc against China and Russia in the Western Hemisphere, effectively under the aegis of a resuscitated Monroe Doctrine, and bringing the very colonial powers driven out of the Americas – Britain, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain – back in a military capacity to do so. NATO has conducted wars in three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – and may be preparing to do so in one or more others, as China and Russia are surely not the only nations NATO will have its eye on, nor will those others necessarily be outside the New World.