The Hill’s Bernie Quigley is on the money regarding NATO and Trumps view on NATO:
Is anyone at all in the professional realm with him on this? Possibly Dwight Eisenhower would have been, who might be considered the greatest general since Julius Caesar. In 1951, he became the supreme commander of NATO, the intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949. He had this to say about it: “If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United States, then this whole project [NATO] will have failed.”
Why does it still then exist, 70 years later? Because both political parties have thought of little else but expanding NATO from then to now.
Trump might even have said this: “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.” That was from George Washington’s “Farewell Address” to America.
Say what you like about Trump, but today it appears that only he speaks to this.
More here from Cato Institute scholar Ted Galen Carpenter on whether or not America should quit NATO.
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