For the most part GATO is a peaceful alliance and acts accordingly.
However, you must recognize that our charter is 6 years old, and doesn't necessarily correspond with the norms of planet bob today. When our charter was written blocs didn't exist, there were few,if any (I wasn't around quite yet) MDP's, and the world had a slightly different sense of morals and values. GATO has never been a neutral alliance, and realistically never will be. Out of necessity we have had to adapt to the realities of politics in CN, but we still hold our founding values very highly.
Your line about political operators is actually very succinct. Today's world is driven not only by morals and values, but also by friendships and associations. We believe that by being in CnG we have the best of both worlds. Our allies have very similar views and ideals as we do, which helps us satisfy our desire not to get into wars unless necessary. CnG really doesn't pick fights, and haven't been the catalyst for a major war since both INT and GATO have joined.