NATO was successful during the Cold War because the enemy was clear, there was consensus over what to do in each particular circumstance and participation was a given. An alliance that does not know its mission, and has no meaningful plans for what problems it faces, cannot be considered an alliance.
The Internet went crazy last week over what was described in hyperventilating tweets as NATO's plan to kill hackers. "NATO-Commissioned Report Says Killing Hackers Is Basically OK," blared one tech blog headline, nicely reinforcing the paranoia.
In that year of happy memory, 1972, George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, declared he would chop defense by fully one-third.
Gen. John Allen will not be the next commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in Europe. Instead, he announced his retirement in order to care for his wife. Charlie Rose reports.