How’s this for showing our enemies weakness? In a lengthy interview with The New York Times, Donald Trump has declared he would not defend NATO allies from a hypothetical Russian attack:
Asked about Russia’s threatening activities, which have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing if those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”
“If they fulfill their obligations to us,” he added, “the answer is yes.”
For almost 70 years, NATO has kept the world at relative peace. The mutual protection treaty between 28 countries has assured that not only would aggressively expansionist nations like Russia not invade other countries, but that NATO allies would not attack each other. After all, no one wants to throw down with the United States, the world’s only current superpower with the most powerful military machine in the history of humanity.
Whether you like America’s role as the policeman of the world or not, it cannot be disputed that the threat of us has been a large deterrent to countries openly declaring war on each other. The bloodshed so far avoided cannot be overstated.
At least until “President” Donald Trump dissolves the treaty by letting smaller states be invaded because they didn’t pay on time. Essentially, Trump is saying that the United States is in the “protection” racket; that we’re little more than mobbed up thugs for hire. You didn’t pay on time? Be a shame if something happened to your little country there, eh?
Trump’s incredily irresponsible rhetoric is already casting waves in an already unstable world:
Within hours of Mr. Trump’s remarks calling into question whether, as president, he would automatically defend NATO allies, European officials who were already nervous about American commitments appeared a little stunned by his comments.
“Solidarity among allies is a key value for NATO,” Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general and a former prime minister of Norway, said in a statement. He said he did not wish to “interfere” with the American election, but added: “Two world wars have shown that peace in Europe is also important for the security of the United States.”
The rest of the interview reads like a 6th grader giving a report on international politics that didn’t do the required reading. Lots of “America is awesome!” with zero understanding of what role America actually plays on the world stage.
Even in times of peace, we need a president that understands foreign policy. In unsettled times, electing a chest-beating buffoon that thinks he can strong-arm our allies and enemies alike is a recipe for global conflict on a scale that is unimaginable today. Donald Trump is proving himself to be an existential threat to the entire planet and cannot be allowed to become leader of this country.
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