Is NATO worth preserving?

adefenseministers[1]“The alliance has been unwisely expanded from its original 12-nation membership to include 28 countries, absorbing many of the old communist Warsaw Pact nations and some former Soviet republics. NATO may have meant well to offer security to these vulnerable new alliance members. Yet it is hard to imagine Belgians and Italians dying on the battlefield to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces out of Lithuania or Estonia.”

I read a book recently on the Normandy campaign and in one passage a German general was found wondering how they could possibly expect to repel an invasion with the large number of “Hiwis”, Russian “volunteers” who stocked stretched thin Wehrmacht units stationed in key coastal sectors. He asked, roughly from memory; “How can we expect victory when we are asking Russians to fight the Americans and British in France on behalf of Germany?”