"It is less an alliance of equals, and more a network of client
states prepared to do Washington’s bidding in return for a few crumbs
from its table.
In the process,
it allows nations such as the UK and France to present themselves as
strategic heavyweights when in truth they are strategic lightweights,
former colonial powers that have attached themselves to Washington’s
coattails in what counts as a shameful exercise in vassalage."
DATE IMPORTED:March 29, 2015A soldier of the U.S. Army waves as he
arrives in the Czech Republic during the "Dragoon Ride" military
exercise in Harrachov March 29, 2015 © David W Cerny / Reuters