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A way of taking tea - NATO Standard tea is with milk and two sugars.
A strange threatening organisation which, according to many residents of the Florida Everglades, the Appalachian Mountains, Washington State and Alaska, is threatening to take over the USA and thus eventually 'prise their guns from their cold, dead, fingers'. Which apparently makes it all right to blow up FBI office buildings and dress your 23 stone fat, skank, girlfriend in a DPM thong.
But most likely
Standing for the "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation" which stood united against the possible expansion of communism under the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. NATO now contains many (once communist) eastern European countries thus making a NATO invasion of the east a bit pointless. More information available here ------> NATO site
Currently supplying troops for operations In Afghanistan although not always for combat missions. Cracks are starting to show in NATO with most member states refusing to send more troops to Afghanistan to help out the hard pressed Brits, Canadians, Danes and Dutch... They say its due to 'over-commitment' of their forces. Cnuts don't know the meaning of the word!
So it is that at present... only the US, Canada and the UK are undertaking combined arms missions against the Taliban. Our Eastern European allies seem fairly enthusiastic though. The Germans seem willing to do recon but not a lot more. God knows what the French are up to (and frankly who cares)! Looking back, they probably might have sent some troops from the Foreign (i.e. expendable) Legion, but the Americans ballsed that up by being a little less gracious than one needs to be to elicit co-operation from this moody (and very slightly cowardly) people.
Also called OTAN in countries were Johnny Foreigner is in charge.