Then I saw the list and saw that the concept of major non-NATO ally has been stretched so far as to be broken, very, very broken. Who is on the list?
- Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand. So far, so good. Countries that have other agreement with the US that make it clear that there is a binding commitment.
- Egypt and Israel. Everything has to be for both--aid, alliance, whatever--to keep the Camp David agreement buttressed. But Egypt now? Hmmm, not so much. And no, the US is not committed to the defense of Israel either. Indeed, the friction of late between Netanyahu and Obama makes this all the more strained.
- Jordan and Argentina? Already we are slipping to a situation where non-NATO major ally means less and less.
- GWB went crazy, probably to cement support for his war in Iraq with: Bahrain, Philippines, Thailand, Kuwait, Morocco and ..... Pakistan. Yep, any list that has Pakistan on it might just be a bit sketchy. Philippines and Thailand make sense as former members of SEATO. Actually, Pakistan was a member of SEATO too, but that alliance is dead for a reason or two.
- Obama added Afghanistan, probably to try to get Karzai to agree to something. I actually commented on this at the time, but had forgotten about it.
So, sorry President Poroshenko, but a major ally Ukraine is not.