Michael Evans, The Times | December 18, 2008
NATO has become “a military alliance without any political clout” and is in the midst of an identity crisis. ++ The campaign in Afghanistan is suffering because of NATO’s lack of a political voice and a lack of cohesion between Brits and Americans ++ Its vacillation over granting MAPs to Georgia and Ukraine for fear of upsetting Russia is further evidence of its ineffectiveness. ++ Obama will be a decisive factor in resolving this question. ++ As its 60th anniversary approaches, NATO must find a new strategic concept or risk falling apart.