The Americans are currently on the offensive; they are simultaneously conducting military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran. Although the military is stretched thin, ABC News recently reported that vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is open to the possibility of a war against Russia:
When asked if Georgia joined NATO, whether the United States should go to war if the country was again invaded by Russia, Palin responded: “Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.”
The justification provided by Palin for going to war with Russia (that it’s a NATO obligation) should make us pause. NATO is an “entangling alliance” — precisely what Thomas Jefferson warned against. If America has to fight Russia because of NATO, then that’s a good reason for the US re-consider its involvement in that organisation. To be explicit: America needs to get out of NATO if war is the cost of remaining a member.
In the interview, Governor Palin also distorts the facts of the recent Russia-Georgia war. Although it’s hard to place complete blame on either side, it’s clear that Georgia was the initial aggressor. It is misleading to suggest that Russia’s attack was unprovoked.
In any case, confronting Russia at a time when the US is already involved in multiple wars would be most unwise.