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Trump wants out of NATO: A gift to Russia, or a gift to Germany?

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Just this week, the New York Times released an explosive report which alleged that US President Donald Trump had “suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.” Relying on the advice of anonymous senior administration officials, Trump reportedly said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization throughout the past year.

As the Times notes, Trump sees little value in NATO and views it as a drain on the United States. So, if true, in the president’s estimate, he wants his country out of the organization. What’s the big deal?

Well, according to the Times, “[t]here are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO.” In an effort to make what is essentially a one-paragraph story into a full-length feature, the Times also interviewed Michèle A. Flournoy, under-secretary of defence under Barack Obama, who explained that a US withdrawal from NATO “would be the wildest success that Vladimir Putin could dream of.”

Flournoy was joined by retired Admiral James G. Stavridis, the former supreme allied commander of NATO, who eloquently noted that merely discussing the idea of leaving NATO – “let alone doing so – would be the gift of the century for Putin.”

But that’s not all. Vox’s Emily Stewart was kind enough to express that “Trump has reportedly discussed withdrawing from NATO. That would be great for Russia.” Not just great for Russia, but as MSNBC has indulged, it is in fact a “dream of Putin.” According to some of those lovely fellows in the Democrat camp, the removal of the US from NATO would be grounds for impeachment.

This is what I love most about this conundrum. It is supposedly grounds for impeachment if a sitting US president wants to withdraw his nation from a military alliance. It is NOT grounds for impeachment, however, for a sitting US president to head this organization while it bombs 70 percent of Libya’s water supply – an apparently deliberate war crime. It is not grounds for impeachment (or even imprisonment) for a US president to provide the full resources of his country’s military as the “backbone” of almost every (if not every) NATO offensive in the onslaught of a country which, up until this bombardment, had the highest standard of living on the entire African continent.

No – the big crime in all of this is a president........

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