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NATO Wants to Expand (Again): What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

You know what would really help mend east-west relations? A new NATO member! 

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Is NATO expansion the greatest thing since sliced bread? Of course. But there are still some (like the communist/FSB agent, Stephen Cohen) who have reservations. According to Cohen and other chickenshit scholars who are "afraid" of nuclear war, NATO's eastward ambitions have led to serious geopolitical disasters, including the current nightmare in Ukraine. Haters gonna hate. Eastward (Balkan?) ho! 

In 1999, NATO was dropping bombs on Montenegro, a small state in southeastern Europe that at that point was part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia alongside Serbia. Sixteen years later, things have certainly changed. If a now-independent Montenegro gets what it hopes for, it could be asked to join NATO in just a few months.

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"Not an inch East"

“I am certain the conditions are there for the alliance member states in December to take the decision to invite Montenegro to join,” Montenegrin Foreign Minister Igor Luksic told Reuters.

Top NATO officials have been visiting Montenegro this week, a trip they say is designed to assess whether the country has made progress on reforms required to join the alliance. The country is one of four seeking NATO membership (alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Georgia), but experts say it is most likely to join next.

Yes, Montenegro: You should definitely join the "defensive" alliance that bombed the living kaka out of you. That makes perfect sense. Just don't invade your neighbor and then beg NATO for help before you receive membership. Because things will go horribly, horribly wrong.

In conclusion, Russia continues to place its country way too close to NATO's freedom fortresses.

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