Conservatives have been warning for years about the dangerous consequences of America’s global retreat under President Obama, and events from France to Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea bear out the point. So it’s a shame the lesson seems lost on Donald Trump and his advisers, some of whom ought to know better.
The Republican presidential nominee re-emphasized his isolationist instincts in an interview last week with the New York Times, when he refused to answer “yes” to the question of whether NATO members could “count on the United States to come to their military aid if they were attacked by Russia?”
Mr. Trump resorted to his favorite trope that many NATO states “are not making payments” and that “you can’t forget the bills.” That would be a useful argument if his point was merely to spur Europeans to spend more on defense.
But Mr. Trump seems to mean that any country that doesn’t meet the alliance’s defense-spending target of 2% of gross domestic product will forfeit NATO’s security guarantees. This is an invitation to Vladimir Putin to invade any NATO country not currently meeting its requirement—such as the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania.Read the rest of this WSJ editorial HERE view a related video, and follow a link to a related story below:
The Donald’s Dangerous Dismissal of NATO Allies
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