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Nor have the Europeans been enterprising or ingenuous with new ideas. For them this is the path of least resistance: by putting these complex
challenges in NATO's hands, they appear to have addressed the problems without actually doing so. It is questionable whether this new NATO is
still a trans-Atlantic institution worthy of the label. Despite its multilateral structure, NATO has become a clearing house for US-led "coalitions
of the willing," which alliance members -- and non-members -- can join on a case-by-case basis. For all intents and purposes, it is a group of likeminded democracies that Washington can call upon á la carte. The Europeans bear none of the roles and responsibilities of even junior partners as
they did in the past, but rather serve as occasional helpers, as was the case in the invasion and pacification of Afghanistan. The more nations there
are in the alliance, the larger the possible constellation for these pick-up coalitions. This is one reason the Americans above all push for NATO's
expansion. And since the mandate of the umbrella organ...
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