The Republican president, in Brussels for the NATO summit, took a swipe at Germany for supporting a new pipeline for Russian gas, saying at a pre-summit meeting: “We’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia.”
This…so much THIS. We offer unconditional military protection to Germany and wage proxy wars against Russia on its behalf. In return, Germany refuses to pay its alliance dues and maintain adequate military forces to help defend against Russia and buys its energy from Russia, the country we’re ostensibly protecting it from. It’s senseless.
I had brought up this same point about a month ago in a conversation on the topic. If Trump is ready to break NATO apart, good. Alliances are, and should be, temporary and the temporary threat that we were temporarily defending Europe from long ago stopped being a threat to us. The Germans aren’t even maintaining the pretense that Russia is a threat to them either.
H/T: West Virginia Rebel