“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.” - - Gen. Eisenhower, February 1951.
From a variety of sources the same theme. U.S. out of NATO. All of sudden and in response to the blandishments of Donald Trump.
1. "Bulldozer Trump Says Get Rid of NATO" by Eric Margolis
"Donald Trump has been making many revolutionary proposals."
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"Last week, Trump claimed the USA was paying too much to sustain NATO. It was time, he asserted, to cut way back on US financial support and get Europe to pay its fair share for 'protecting itself from threats.'”
"More outrage greeted Trump’s attack on the post World War II status quo. But he was quite right. The US subsidizes about 73% of NATO’s total military, economic and social costs. NATO’s European members pay only about 1% of their gross national product."
2. "Is Trump Right About NATO?" by Pat Buchanan
"I am 'not isolationist, but I am ‘America First,’' Donald Trump told The New York times last weekend. 'I like the expression.'”
"Of NATO, where the U.S. underwrites three-fourths of the cost of defending Europe, Trump calls this arrangement 'unfair, economically, to us,'”
"But the ideas Trump aired should ignite a national debate over U.S. overseas commitments — especially NATO."
3. "Is it Time for America to Quit NATO?" by Ted Galen Carpenter
"NATO will celebrate its sixty-seventh anniversary in April. Instead of being an occasion for the usual expression of mind-numbing clichés about the alliance’s enduring importance both to U.S. security and world peace, it should become an opportunity for a long overdue assessment of whether the NATO commitment truly serves America’s best interests in the twenty-first century. There is mounting evidence that it does not."
4. "Trump Is Right—–Dump NATO Now" by David Stockman
"If you want to know why we have a $19 trillion national debt and a fiscal structure that will take that already staggering figure to $35 trillion and 140% of GDP within a decade, just consider the latest campaign fracas. That is, the shrieks of disbelief in response to Donald Trump’s sensible suggestion that the Europeans pay for their own defense."
At least if the United States not OUT of NATO the European partners paying a greater share of the cost or bearing more responsibility for their own defense.
NATO for a period of many decade WAS APPROPRIATE AND PREVENTED THE MUCH FEAR BIG RED MOVES WEST! That paradigm no longer exists and dynamics necessitate change?
So thinks Donald Trump and many others besides..