Rollback of Empire: Trump to Close NATO?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) covers the USA, Canada, and nearly all of Europe including Turkey. Theoretically, it is a mutual defense treaty meant to protect Europe from a Russian military invasion.

In reality, it is an extension of US military empire for the benefit of the globalist order. NATO is for the military what NAFTA is for trade: a gigantic bureaucracy meant to usurp national sovereignty from voters into the hands of unaccountable international bureaucrats.

NATO was signed in 1949, and was the first military treaty of it’s kind in the United States since a similar treaty with France in 1778. It was a major break from almost 150 years of military tradition in the USA: “Mind your own business, and we’ll mind ours.” This was a good tradition. The Spanish-American War upended this tradition, and NATO was the culmination of it’s demise.

At the time, it was said to be justified as necessary to counteract the USSR. But there is no more USSR. There is no more Communist movement on the march. The Russia of today is a rickety borderline third-world nation that produces nothing of value beyond what can be pulled out of the ground.

Neoconservatives claim that NATO is needed to protect Europe from any future Russian ambitions. Let’s think about this: What is the population of Russia? 145 million. And Europe? 500 million, not to mention a collective economy over double the size of Russia’s. Do the math.

And as for terrorism: NATO is utterly powerless against terrorism. They cannot protect us from angry Muslims who are willing to blend into the population for as long as it takes.

AN OBSOLETE ARRANGEMENT

Back in March, Donald Trump said this:

I think NATO is obsolete. NATO was done at a time you had the Soviet Union, which was obviously larger — much larger than Russia is today.

…What I’m saying is that we pay, number one, a totally disproportionate share of NATO. We’re spending — the biggest alliance share is paid for by us, disproportionate to other countries.

And if you look at the Ukraine, we’re the ones always fighting on the Ukraine. I never hear any other countries even mentioned and we’re fighting constantly. We’re talking about Ukraine, get out, do this, do that.How come the countries near the Ukraine, surrounding the Ukraine, how come they’re not opening up and they’re not at least protesting? I never hear anything from anybody except the United States.

There is no justification for NATO today. Neocons have tried to gin up Russia as a new bogeyman, but voters don’t bite. War with Russia, or even war in general, hardly even registers on Gallup’s 2016 breakdown of American’s greatest concerns.

Meanwhile, Russian successes in Syria have registered. Trump even made this a central point of his foreign policy campaign:“I will stop challenging Mr. Putin in the Middle East and let them bomb ISIS. I will not try to shoot down Russian or Syrian planes, unlike Obama, Kerry, and Hillary have all threatened to do.” Whether or not he means it is one thing; but at least he said it.

This drives American Neoconservatives and Hillaryites batty, which I find almost incomprehensible. If Putin wants to lead the charge against ISIS, then let him. What good has meddling in the Middle East done us over the past 25 years? If Putin wants to get Russia bogged down in the Middle East, I have no problem with that.

This should be mirrored in US foreign policy in general: let others take care of their own, especially where war is concerned.

Russia is overrated as a threat. They rely on the international markets to keep their exports going: coal and gas. If Russia goes to war in Europe, the flow of coal and gas ends. The revenue ends. Russia has flexed minor muscle in Crimea and East Ukraine to show that they can, but they know where their bread is buttered. They have far more to lose in case of war.

This is one of the few areas of US policy that the President can directly control as Commander-In-Chief. If Trump chooses to, he can pull all troops out of Europe and end NATO entirely. No more wasting money on US military empire in Europe. No more needless sabre-rattling. This would be a great thing.

Military empires do not last forever. None ever have. Either they collapse violently, like Rome – or they wind down relatively peacefully, like Britain. Trump has the chance to wind down US military empire peacefully and on our own terms. Will he take the chance?

If he packs his cabinet with Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission members, don’t bet on it. We will have to wait and see.

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