Vox - President Obama gave a speech in a city most Americans have never heard of, committing the United States to possible war against Russia. He said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Western military alliance better known as NATO, would fight to defend eastern European members like Estonia against any foreign aggression. In other words, if Russian President Vladimir Putin invades Estonia or Latvia as he invaded Ukraine, then Putin would trigger war with the US and most of Europe.
Obama was making a promise, and a very public one meant to
reverberate not just in European capitals but in Moscow as well: If
Russia invades any
member of NATO, even these small Baltic states on the alliance's far
periphery, then it will be at war with all of them — including the