NATO was once a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy during the cold war, however since the ending of the cold war with Russia and a major decline in European defense spending. NATO’s operating budget of just over three billion dollars annually has become a heavy burden on the United States.
The exact amount of money the USA provides to NATO today is not exactly known, however, according to CBS News, The United States contributes between one-fifth and one-quarter of NATO’s budget. For instance in FY2010 the USA to NATO contribution totaled $711.8 million.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Easter Sunday doubled down on his criticism of NATO, calling for the alliance’s overhaul days before world leaders convene in Washington.
It is probably known to Trump that in 2011 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that America’s military alliance with Europe faces a “dim, if not dismal” future, owing to what he characterized as the United States’ disproportionate funding of NATO operations, and of allies “willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume the growing security burden left by reductions in European defense budgets.”
President Barack Obama will host the Nuclear Security Summit on Thursday and Friday with 56 delegations in attendance. While preventing nuclear terrorism will headline the discussions, Trump’s very insightful views could and should be a topic as well, particularly behind the scenes.
In another sharp departure from ridiculous U.S. policy, Trump wisely said in an interview published on Sunday by The New York Times, that during his upcoming tenor in the Oval Office, he may encourage Japan and South Korea to upgrade their own militaries, rather than rely on America for protection against North Korea and China.
The billionaire businessman, on his way to winning his party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, also said he would consider the possibility of reducing U.S. purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia and other Arab producers, until they start paying their fair share and helping to provide ground troops to fight Islamic State.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, President Trump indicated that he agrees with Gates’ opinion that “NATO is obsolete.”
The 28-country North Atlantic Treaty Organization was set up in a different era, Trump intelligently commented, stating that when the main threat to the West was the Soviet Union, NATO was a necessary alliance, however today, It has repeatedly proven to be ill-suited to fighting terrorism and its outrageous costs to the United States, is not a cost that the American tax payers should continue to pay for.
On March 21, Trump suggested that the United States should consider reducing its financial support for NATO, but should consider some reforms to the alliance in consideration that after the end of World War Two, NATO did prove to be a bulwark against Soviet expansionism. Russia will not attend the upcoming nuclear summit, but China’s President Xi Jinping will.
Obama said the United States will review international efforts to combat Islamic State militants during the summit in the wake of the Brussels attacks.
Trump’s pathetic rival for the Republican nomination, Texas Senator Lying Ted Cruz ignorantly called the extraordinary real estate mogul’s brilliant views on NATO, “catastrophically foolish.” Lying Ted Cruz spent his Easter away from family, choosing to use his vacation time to run his mouth in a foolish attempt to disparage Trump. In retrospect, with the latest adultery and tax evasion scandals topped off with the release of a nude photo of Heidi Cruz by the awesome hacker group Anonymous, the environment at the Cruz home is probably very hostile to him these days.
As usual, moronically speaking on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Cruz jealously and ignorantly said Trump is “out of his depth” in determining the USA’s future, if any, with NATO.
Cruz, talking out of his anus, ridiculously claims that, “abandoning Europe, withdrawing from the most successful military alliance of modern times, it makes no sense at all,”. “It would hand a massive victory to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, a massive victory to ISIS,” the militant group also known as Islamic State.
Cruz, deliriously dreaming that he has a snowballs chancre in Hades of being elected President, said his approach to the Islamic State would be to continue breaking the backs of hardworking Americans by paying hundreds of millions dollars to NATO, and as an alliance with NATO, “carpet bomb them (ISIS) into oblivion.”
Lying and Moron Cruz, as usual you are ignorantly running your mouth, for no apparent reason than to hear yourself talk like an idiot. The Cold War is over, therefore Russian President Putin, cannot win a victory with the USA over NATO. Finally, no matter how much money our government continues to piss away of hard working tax payers, towards NATO, our fight with ISIS is not going to be augmented by a continued and unbeneficial alliance with NATO.