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Old March 22nd, 2016, 10:30 AM   #1
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Trump: Rethink NATO

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Donald Trump said the U.S. should rethink its involvement in NATO because the defense alliance costs too much money.

In remarks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Trump said the U.S. pays a disproportionate amount to NATO to ensure the security of allies.

"Frankly, they have to put up more money," he said. "We are paying disproportionately. It's too much, and frankly it's a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea."

For instance, Trump said Washington was "taking care" of Ukraine and that other European nations were not doing enough to support the Kiev government that has been locked in a long showdown with Moscow.

But Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and Washington is not providing arms to the government as it is fighting pro-Moscow rebels, though has provided nonlethal aid and has helped support international bailouts of the Ukrainian economy.

Later in the interview, Trump qualified his remarks saying that the U.S. should not "decrease its role" in NATO but should decrease its spending. Still, the Republican presidential front-runner's NATO comments could spur anxiety among the Western foreign policy establishment.

Donald Trump: U.S. should rethink NATO involvement - CNNPolitics.com


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Now is the time to really pull back on NATO. They have their own problem brought on partly by their own stupidity. Now let Europe deal with it for awhile without looking at the US to come over and do it. If the United States has to go to war with ISIS over Europe, then two things will happen.
1. US wins and it costs a lot of money.
2. European countries will skate out of the big cost, and then call the US barbaric for doing it.

In short. Fuck Europe. Its their problem
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Now is the time to really pull back on NATO. They have their own problem brought on partly by their own stupidity. Now let Europe deal with it for awhile without looking at the US to come over and do it. If the United States has to go to war with ISIS over Europe, then two things will happen.
1. US wins and it costs a lot of money.
2. European countries will skate out of the big cost, and then call the US barbaric for doing it.

In short. Fuck Europe. Its their problem
Gennady Zyuganov, the head of Russia's Communist Party, sorta agrees with you, at least in where things should wind up.
"The Europeans are still paying a bloody tribute for their lack of a normal foreign policy, for being forced to submit to 'Uncle Sam' and enforce policies that absolutely do not conform to their national, European government interests, as well as the interests of individual peoples."
Alexey Pushkov, a hawkish member of parliament who heads the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia's State Duma said:
"While Stoltenberg, getting carried away, battles the imaginary 'Russian threat' and stations troops in Latvia, people are being blown up in Brussels right under his nose....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...sels-bombings/
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