There's a deeper reason I believe in NATO, and it can be summed up in two words: collective defense. It's the simple notion that if you have Allies, you're less likely to go to war for the wrong reasons. And when you go to war together, after a transparent discussion of the alternatives, you'll have greater power.
Fourteen years ago, the U.S. government opened Guantánamo Bay detention facility in an effort to create a place beyond the reach of the law and the Constitution -- a place where the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment could be violated with impunity. Today, the consequences of that pernicious move are being felt in every corner of the United States.
For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?