By contrast, Britain and the US believe that to remain relevant, Nato must be prepared to tackle potential security threats beyond its members’ borders.
Guido here: If you have a flourishing and expanding armament industry, at some point little backwater inventory wars no longer suffice to absorb your production. So whatchagonna do. Furthermore, since we are at the point where monetary policy is pushing its own mathematical limits, a war is just what the doctor ordered.
Mr Rasmussen supported that view, urging alliance members to accept that new security threats may have to be met.
“Our core function will remain territorial defence of our populations,” he said. “But we must realise that in the modern world we have to go beyond our borders to actually protect and defend our borders.”
Guido here: There it is! We must go beyond our borders to protect ourselves. This assertion of course omits to point out that in the particular case of the USA, the UK and France we already are beyond our borders in Africa, the Middle East and throughout Asia and South America.
Afghanistan could serve a template for future threats and Nato’s response to them.
Guido here: Let’s hope not. If Afghanistan is a template of effectiveness, we’re plain fucked! The math says that on a Dolllar per result basis, these presumed troglodites on donky’s back are kicking the shit out of our modern military machine that costs hundreds of Billions to maintain without mentioning the long term medical costs and without mentioning the demoralizing effect on the troops these cave dwellers are having. Some template!
“After the Cold War, we have seen a number of new threats emerge,” he said. “Terrorism is one of them.”
The Lisbon summit will adopt a “strategic concept” or mission statement in a post-Afghanistan world.
“The purpose of the new strategic concept is to prepare the alliance to address the new security challenges – missile attacks, cyber attacks, terrorist attacks,” Mr Rasmussen said.
Guido here: the purpose of the new strategic concept is to find ways to deflect responsibility from our own failed economic and social policies that have brought us to economic gridlock with little chance to come out of it unscathed. A foreign sacrificial lamb will be found and excuses will be built-up to look good.
He also promised that a reform of Nato’s command structures will make alliance forces “more flexible”.
As well as the mission statement, the summit will also consider a European missile defence shield. The shield, based on US interceptor missiles, will rely on British radar stations to detect attacks.
The missile shield is being developed primarily because of fears of Iranian missile programmes, but Mr Rasmussen said other countries could also pose a threat.
“More than 30 countries have missile technology or are aspiring to get missile technology,” he said.
“Some of them can also hit the Euro-Atlantic area.”
Alliance leaders will later confirm a timetable for starting the “transition” of security responsibility from Nato forces to the Afghan government, starting next year and concluding at the end of 2014.
Mr Rasmussen said he was confident that Afghan forces will be ready for that responsibility in time, but accepted that the timetable could slip.
He said: “If conditions are not met fully by the end of 2014, then we will have to continue the combat mission.””