NATO Switches Aim From Waterloo to East as Russia Bares Fangs

September 4, 2014 2:20 AM

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NATO forces are well positioned to refight the battle of Waterloo of 1815, the first Balkan War of 1912, the botched invasion of the Dardanelles in 1915 and German panzers’ sweep through the Ardennes in 1940 -- just not to repel an attack by Russia in 2014.

Leaders of the trans-Atlantic alliance will vow to change that at a summit starting today, with eastern European countries close to Russia clamoring for a beefed-up military profile to deter the Kremlin from broadening its territorial ambitions beyond Ukraine.

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