01/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Matthew Yglesias: Global NATO? I Say No

I've spent a huge amount of time trying and failing to compose a long, detailed counterargument to Will Marshall's case for expanding NATO membership, but I can't quite get the job done. Instead, here's a brief issue that Marshall left remarkably unaddressed. First the proposal:

This alliance would be stronger still if expanded to include free nations in other, more volatile parts of the world. Likely candidates include Japan and South Korea, which have entrenched market democracy in East Asia; India, which is modernizing rapidly and dominates South Asia; Australia and New Zealand, liberal bastions in the South Pacific; and Chile and Brazil, which have stood against a rising tide of authoritarianism in South America. More controversially, some Italian leaders have even broached the idea of offering NATO membership to Israel.