Is Donald Trump Right About NATO?

“We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore,” Trump said. “NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money.”

According to a report published by the European Military Network (ELN) the United States is paying almost three times more than all the other NATO states combined. The US spent about $582 billion (£400 billion) in 2014.

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Those figures prove Trump is correct we are paying a disproportionate share. Conservative leaders are quick to point out how large our deficit is, but I never read about them wanting to reduce the amount we spend defending other countries. Ted Cruz for all his talk about reigning in spending has no problem spending on NATO.

“Donald Trump is wrong that America should retreat from Europe, retreat from NATO, hand [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a major victory and while he’s at it, hand ISIS [Islamic State militants] a major victory,” Mr. Cruz told reporters.

Pat Buchanon writes;

Why should America fight Russia over who rules in the Baltic States or Romania and Bulgaria? When did the sovereignty of these nations become interests so vital we would risk a military clash with Moscow that could escalate into nuclear war? Why are we still committed to fight for scores of nations on five continents?

Trump is challenging the mindset of a foreign policy elite whose thinking is frozen in a world that disappeared around 1991.

He is suggesting a new foreign policy where the United States is committed to war only when are attacked or U.S. vital interests are imperiled. And when we agree to defend other nations, they will bear a full share of the cost of their own defense. The era of the free rider is over.

Trump’s phrase, “America First!” has a nice ring to it.

Read in full at Townhall

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