Tomorrow, December 3, 2019, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), will convene a two-day Summit just outside London, United Kingdom (UK). This Summit, which falls on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the defense pact, is significant against a changing world and its affairs that have dramatically changed since 1949.
NATO remains a formidable and important pact, yet it has failed to address and to remedy the changing attitude of its main guarantor - the United States (US), under an isolating Donald Trump. Trump's criticism of the group has not spurred any meaningful alternatives to a possible minimal US role within the organization.
Until the 29-member NATO awakes to the current reality of today's changed times, relationships, alliances and dangers, it will continue to struggle from criticism from the likes of Trump, while remaining under a constant threat from Russia.
NATO, with or without the full support of the US, must reaffirm its defense of member-states and re-confirm its pledge that any attack upon one-member would be viewed and acted upon as an attack on all states. That's the immediate task before NATO.
Defense budget increases will come in due course. Co-founding members - Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the UK, must lead the other nations in affirming the crucial significance of today's NATO.