Friday, 22 July 2016

National Review| Trump’s Latest Terrible Idea: Reneging on Our NATO Commitments

National Review| Trump’s Latest Terrible Idea: Reneging on Our NATO Commitments

by Kevin D. Williamson


"Thanks to Trump, the heads of government and defense ministers of the other NATO powers must now consider that the United States will welsh on its obligations the way Donald Trump welshes on his debts. He isn’t the president yet, of course, and he probably won’t be. But the chance isn’t zero, either. If you are, say, Lithuania, and you suspect that the United States will not actually have your back — a suspicion fortified by Trump’s man-crush on Russian strongman Vladimir Putin — what do you do? Maybe you try to get ahead of the curve and go voluntarily into the Russian orbit. Maybe you notice that nobody seriously messes with the psychotic state of North Korea and do what you can to get your hands on a few nuclear weapons. They don’t know what we are going to do. As a consequence, we don’t know what they are going to do.

And that’s how Trump makes the world a more dangerous place — even before he’s elected.

Over the next few months, you’ll hear some activists whose main interest is national security making the case that Hillary Rodham Clinton is awful but much less of a loose cannon — and a good deal less Dr. Strangelove-y — than is Donald Trump. He isn’t doing anything to prove them wrong. And he probably won’t."

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