A Bad Idea: Deploy Forces To The Baltics

This editorial in the Wall Street Journal is bad on so many levels:

We should reassure the Baltic States by deploying forces in those countries. A permanent deployment would contravene the NATO-Russia Founding Act, but a rotating force could be consistent with the Act while indicating to Russia how seriously we take their military actions.

And this is written by a former Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. They ought to know better. Deploying forces to the Baltic countries would only escalate events in Eastern Europe. And then there’s the whole issue of this technically not being legal in the first place. Nice to know that former government officials are advocating circumventing the law, right?

I’m sure some would disagree, but remember, I think NATO has been irrelevant since the end of the Cold War.