Ever since his ridiculously humiliating run for the presidency, Donald Trump has been attacking America’s allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Now, NATO is of supreme importance to the post-WWII global order. It is what made the United States of America into the leader of the free world.
Nonetheless, our wannabe orange despot has been taking swipes at the treaty, and, indeed at our allies, accusing them of taking advantage, and saying that NATO is nothing more than, quote, a “protection racket.” Trump’s allies in the GOP-controlled Congress have been cowardly and derelict in their Article I Constitutional powers and refused to rebuke Trump for his dangerous alienation of our NATO allies — until now.
On Tuesday, Trump left for Brussels for the NATO Summit, where he has been tweeting and talking up a storm about how he will not stand down when it comes to demanding more money from America’s NATO allies in exchange for our protections.
This is all running under the banner of the fact that the only time the Article Five NATO protections have been invoked — meaning that when one member of NATO has been attacked, it is treated as an attack on all — is when the world came to America’s defense on 9/11. That matters not to the narcissistic Trump, though, and it seems that the United States Senate has had enough.
As Trump travels to the NATO Summit, the United States Senate, in a brazen rebuke of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, rebuked the orange dictator-in-chief and voted 97-2 to affirm the language of the NATO treaty. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who introduced the resolution in response to Trump’s behavior, said on the Senator floor:
No one should ever doubt the United States’ resolve in meeting its commitments to the mutual defense of the NATO alliance. Unfortunately, this motion has become necessary because some of our closest allies have come to question the US commitment to collective self-defense. President Trump has at times called the alliance ‘obsolete.’ Our allies are starting to wonder whether they can rely on the United States to come to their defense in a crisis.”
GOP Senator John Thune (SD) said of the matter on CNN:
I think it is important that we demonstrate a strong commitment to the NATO alliance. I mean this is something that has served freedom-loving countries well for half a century.”
Senators Reed and Thune are correct. This is just ONE of many obvious reasons that Trump is so dangerous a world leader. His hostility to the post-World War II global order is the makings for a global catastrophe the likes of which we have not seen since Hitler. Then again, isn’t there a reason he keeps earning that comparison? No matter their (lack of) public statements, the GOP votes on this speak volumes. Clearly, Trump’s own party in the Senate sees how dangerous he is, too. They said on Tuesday night with their votes. Now, it is time for them to say it with their voices. I won’t hold my breath on that one, though.
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