Is Trump Right About NATO?

I am “not isolationist, but I am ‘America First,’” Donald Trump told The New York Times last weekend. “I like the expression.”

Of NATO, where the U.S. underwrites three-fourths of the cost of defending Europe, Trump calls this arrangement “unfair, economically, to us,” and adds, “We will not be ripped off anymore.”

Beltway media may be transfixed with Twitter wars over wives and alleged infidelities. But the ideas Trump aired should ignite a national debate over U.S. overseas commitments—especially NATO.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Of course, Trump is right. Our ardor in protecting our NATO allies gave them a license to self-indulge. The end of the Cold War required a restructuring of security arrangements that would have dealt in Russia as a responsible good neighbor and required our allies shoulder more of the defense burden.

    • Europe has it good for a long time.

    • tom_billesley

      The Soviet Union had already been “dealt in” by the perfidy of Yalta, but wasn’t a good neighbour for long, imposing single party puppet governments in eastern Europe.

  • Alain

    Considering that Turkey is a NATO member, based on what exactly, NATO is way past its best sell date.

    • Clausewitz

      Always wondered what part of the North Atlantic Turkey Bordered.

    • tom_billesley

      Turkey was also part of the long-forgotten CENTO. The alliance was of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Together with NATO and SEATO, it was intended to girdle the Soviet Union.