Eastern Europe became soviet puppets. If we form NATO, Russia will be discouraged. Formed as anti-communism and to protect US allies. How does NATO work? – Unique group. All democratic. They vote whether to go to war or not. Back then it wasn’t like this. 50 years if USSR invaded western Germany, then we would have WWIII. Countries get together and say ok, has one of our members been attacked. Who is the culprit? Let do it. Ok. Article 5 was never invoked but when US was attacked September 11, 2001 and went to NATO to invoke article 5. NATO group had to get together. They actually said yes. US always leads NATO in the field of battle. Looks over the war. US contributes the most troops to NATO, money, and most weapons. They have the most say. They like to be I charge of their troops. They don’t give troops to UN. A European is always head of NATO bureaucracy.
All NATO countries have to contribute. Troops, money, or weapons. When a war is happening, like Afghanistan, there are French British and German. They will be headed directly by a US guy. It is the real true power of NATO. Biggest military on the planet, most jets, most nuclear weapons, most aircraft carriers. NATO is seen as a US military extension internationally. It is always in charge. There is no USSR; there is no threat of soviet expansion. Why does NATO still exist? NATO Grows: Cold war is over; communism failed, USSR, as a threat to Europe is gone? So what’s the deal with NATO now? NATO has grown since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. NATO was formed to counter soviet expansionism. To lock down Western Europe so soviet couldn’t take over. When it was formed, the soviets got bent out of shape about it and formed their own defensive pact organization called the Warsaw pact Warsaw pact – You are threat to us so we are going to counter the real threat. 1955, USSR and Albania, Bulgaria, Czech, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union formed a military alliance.