NATO

Trump’s Rage Against the European Machine

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Though American leaders since John Foster Dulles in the 1950s have called for a greater defense effort from our allies, if the Europeans do not get serious this time, it could be the beginning of the end for NATO. Since exiting the Iranian nuclear deal, President Trump has demanded that our European allies join the U.S. in re-imposing sanctions. Now he is demanding that the Europeans contribute more to defense. What does he do if they defy us? More than likely, we will find out.

Reciprocity Is the Method to Trump’s Madness

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Trump’s entire foreign policy can be summed up as a demand for symmetry from all partners and allies, and tit-for-tat replies to would-be enemies. Did Trump have to be so loud and often crude in his effort to bully America back to reciprocity? Who knows? But it seems impossible to imagine that globalist John McCain, internationalist Barack Obama, or gentlemanly Mitt Romney would ever have called Europe, NATO, Mexico, and Canada to account, or warned Iran or North Korea that tit would be met by tat.

Trump Heads To NATO Summit With America First Agenda

President Trump’s recognition that the United States cannot and should not continue to subsidize the quality of life for our allies is hardly a conspiracy theory, but an overdue recognition that the Reagan defense build-up was expended long ago, and if the Western alliance is to be maintained, then all its beneficiaries must pay their share.

Agenda for the Trump-Putin Summit

The president’s willingness to meet with nations at odds with America deserves praise. He need not befriend foreign leaders. However, he should communicate with them. If nothing else, the president needs to ensure that both Americans and Russians better understand each other and the issues which unite as well as divide us.

The Post-War Order Is Over

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Historic forces have made post-war thinking obsolete and thereby left many reactionary “experts” wedded to the past and in denial about the often-dangerous reality before their eyes. Worse is the autopilot railing for the nth time that Donald Trump threatens the post-war order, undermines NATO, is clueless about the EU, or ignores the sophisticated institutions that hold the world together. About the only metaphor that works is that Trump threw a pebble at a global glass house. But that is not a morality tale about the power of pebbles, but rather about the easy shattering of cracked glass.

U.S. Sells Out Kurds, Reminding America Why it Should Just Stay Home

Despite working with the Kurds against ISIS, the administration has no stomach for a military game of chicken with Turkey. Which means the U.S. almost certainly would abandon the Kurds again if the Turks attack Manbij.

German Populists Shut Out: Establishment Parties Risk Terminal Decline

“If the mainstream parties don’t cover key subjects such as security and migration, they will be captured by radicals from both the left and right.” Disenfranchising those who are frustrated and angry is unlikely to deliver the kind of prosperous, peaceful future that most of us desire.

Hillary Clinton And Our Hypersonic Missile Gap With Russia

Russia's hypersonic missile program was born at Skolkovo a vast Russian industrial espionage program with its genesis at the nexus of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Bill Clinton, and Russian oligarch Vekselberg. It is driven by donors to the Clinton Foundation and was championed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

NATO Discovers that War is Bad for Women

Violence against women is a monstrous crime. But NATO’s essential duties do not include promoting gender equality. The European Union “does” social engineering. NATO, however, is supposed to be a military alliance formed to defend the continent against existential or at least serious military threats.

Why Don’t Europeans Provide Troops for Europe’s Defense?

Long after the close of World War II, the Western Europeans have recovered economically, overturned alien communist regimes, and absorbed Central and Eastern European states into the European project. Collectively they vastly outstrip the remains of the Soviet Union, so why won't they defend themselves?

The Loose Canon the Neocons Wanted in NATO

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Do we really want to cede to folks of the temperament of Mikhail Saakashvili an ability to instigate a war with a nuclear-armed Russia, which every Cold War president was resolved to avoid, even if it meant accepting Moscow’s hegemony in Eastern Europe all the way to the Elbe? Alliances, after all, are the transmission belts of war.

Make a Deal with Russia: Neutralize Ukraine, End NATO Expansion

Taking NATO membership off the table would remove Moscow’s incentive to keep the Ukrainian conflict alive. Ukraine could develop economically and politically as it wished. Sanctions could end, encouraging economic integration from Europe through Ukraine onto Russia.

Can the U.S.-Turkish Alliance Survive Erdogan’s Misrule?

Turkey's Islamist President and wannabe Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan has destroyed the pretense that Turkey and America are allies. The Trump administration now must defend America’s interests and values from Turkey.

Will Reelected Chancellor Merkel Spend the Money Necessary to Defend Germany?

Donald Trump’s criticisms of Europe and NATO are well-founded. Washington should stop providing the international equivalent of welfare for nations, such as Angela Merkel's Germany, that can and should defend themselves.

Vice President Pence versus President Trump on Foreign Policy

Washington should stop thinking of containment. Rather, the Trump administration should begin disengagement, devolving onto the Europeans responsibility for their defense.

Meanwhile Over In Moscow

With help from President Reagan’s former Attorney General Ed Meese and from Jon Utley’s Freda Utley Foundation, which provided funding, a statue of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was recently unveiled in Moscow.

America Should Put Security First and Tell Ukraine No to Joining NATO

NATO should add nations only if they increase the security of the whole. Since U.S. would do most of the heavy lifting in any conflict with nuclear-armed Russia, the critical question for Washington is whether adding a new member would increase Americans’ security.

Republicans Want to Spend Ever More on the Military, but the U.S. is Broke

While Americans will sacrifice if America is threatened, they aren’t likely to look kindly at proposals to, say, cut Social Security and Medicare because the Europeans don’t want to cut their social programs in order to hike military outlays.

Madness on the Potomac: Trump Administration Joins the Syrian Civil War

During the campaign President Donald Trump had at least one very sensible foreign policy belief: the U.S. should stay out of purposeless wars in the Middle East. Now his appointees are dragging us deeper into the Syrian conflict.

Who Fears Russia? Not the Europeans!

Last year NATO Europe devoted an estimated $265 billion to defense, almost four times Moscow’s expenditures of $68 billion. The Russian Republic is not the Soviet Union reborn.