The myth of NATO – Trump expressed a long-standing frustration of the U.S. with its European military allies

I spent more than eight years of my diplomatic career either at the U.S. Mission at NATO, on the “NATO Desk” at the U.S. State Department, or addressing arms control negotiations with the then Soviets regarding intermediate nuclear force (INF) missiles in Europe.

So I think I have sufficient background to comment on the controversy set off when Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said he would fulfill American commitments to NATO, provided member countries pulled their financial and military weight in supporting the alliance.