Surreal, if totally expected, given his insane military history , Southern Command, and run for president as a D.
Via RT July 11: “President Trump believes the lack of financial commitment from other NATO members puts an even greater burden on the United States to shore up NATO’s new defense plan to counter any Russian attacks, referred to as the 30-30-30-30 approach – 30 land battalions, 30 ships, 30 aircraft squadrons, with deployment within 30 days. The question is whose troops would be in the lead.
Trump’s tug-of-war with NATO members also reflects a deeper suspicion of Trump and his outlook for NATO’s very existence. Trump has said that if the members were to dedicate more money to their own defense, it would lessen the burden on the US, which has serious financial burdens apart from shoring up NATO. He also believes that NATO countries need the US more than the US needs NATO, since the US isn’t fearful of a Russian attack.
confusing ??????? ‘but the EU should be afraid of a Russian Attack™?
Admittedly, most of the calls to expand and grow NATO at a time of financial chaos among its members come from recent additions such as the Baltic States, Romania, and Poland – all of whom would like for the US to establish forward bases in their countries.
Because the West, especially the US, needs Russia as a rival, they all saw the need to expand NATO to justify the continued existence of NATO. In so doing, the West, especially the US, violated a solemn commitment not to expand NATO beyond its Cold War borders.
The NATO countries, however, say that such expansion is justified because of the so-called intervention of Moscow in eastern Ukraine in 2014, and what they call “the annexation of Crimea.”
‘Donald Trump tells Nato allies to spend 4% of GDP on defence; US president suggests doubling 2% spending target that only five countries have met’, the Guardian
“Donald Trump left the opening day of the Nato summit in Brussels in disarray on Wednesday after making a surprise demand for members to raise their defence spending to 4% of GDP, and clashing with German chancellor Angela Merkel over a proposed pipeline deal with Russia.
Trump left the assembled presidents and prime ministers floundering, unsure whether he was serious about the 4% target, double the existing Nato target of 2%, which many do not meet, or whether it was just a ploy.
After making the announcement, Trump walked out.
The chaotic first day dismayed Nato officials and will please Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has long pursued a strategy of creating division in Nato. Trump is due to meet Putin in Helsinki next week.
Nato leaders are pressing Trump to raise a series of concerns with the Russian leader.”
“The summit got off to a bad start, confirming the fears of Nato officials, when Trump had a tetchy breakfast meeting with the Nato secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg. He also said Germany’s new gas pipeline into Russia was inappropriate, and that it had become a captive of Russia due to its dependence on it for energy supplies.
“It should never have been allowed to happen. Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60%-70% of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline,” Trump said.”
…and here we’d been led to believe that you’re Putin’s Bitch, Donald.
On morning edit: I’ve borrowed it from b at MoA’s analysis: ‘Trump’s False Arguments Will Not Sell Well In Europe’ in which he notes that:
‘Nord Stream I has been operating for a while. Nord Stream II is currently being build by private Austrian and German companies.’ OTOH:
‘NATO’s Crisis and the Trans-Atlantic Conflict’, Jan Oberg, counterpunch
“We’re in Cold War 2 – of course not a repetition because of all the differences between that world and today’s. Ten of the former Warsaw Pact countries are now full NATO members, neutral states back then like Sweden and Austria have abolished that – wise – policy. And, mind you, the military expenditures of Russia – one country facing NATO’s 29 – are 8 per cent of NATO – yes, you got it right: Eight per cent of NATOs military expenditures in spite of all the propaganda about Russia and Putin representing an existential threat to Europe and the US if not the whole world. Who said disinformation was used only by Russia?
The Clinton Administration decided to not give a damn about the promises made and started the expansion of NATO in 1994, the new (humanitarian!!) interventionism in Yugoslavia – devoid of knowledge about its complexities, of common sense and without a UN Security Council mandate and one gross violation of international law after the other including the bombing of Serbia to carve out a forever-failed state, Kosovo state – the second Albanian state in Europe. Oh Crimea, what a crime in comparison!
And then came, one-by-one, incrementally – the new NATO members right up under the skirts of Russia in total defiance of its history psychology and legitimate near-abroad security perceptions.”
‘Bristol distillery apologizes over tasteless timing of Novichok-brand vodka launch’, but see…it was just the timing that was a mistake…
(We need to find out who the ‘2’ were, eh?)
on edit: rand paul and mike lee, utah, although the senate foreign relations committee is looking at more…explicit ones.
Too much to bring but satire alert: ““In the absence of U.S. presidential leadership, I want to make clear to our allies abroad, as well as our adversaries in the Kremlin, as to where members in the United States Senate stand,” said Menendez, adding that the chamber stands for the rule of law, an international order based on democratic values and with its allies.”
“Let’s be clear: (Herr T) Meeting with a thug (Putin) intent on undermining American democratic values should not be easy and it should not be chummy,” he said.
Tragically, no. It’s already obsolete but can’t admit it, zo: Evil.Putin.Revanchist.Dikkktator.Thug.