NATO Is Obsolete
Trumps Criticisms of NATO and U.S. Defense Are Both Valid and Needed
Also published in US News & World Report Tue. January 24, 2017
In his campaign and transition to power, President Donald Trump has repeatedly sent tremors through the commanding heights of the U.S. national security establishment. Recently, he again attacked the NATO alliance, calling it obsolete, because NATO was not set up to respond to terrorist threats, and reminding the world that the allies free-ride off U.S. military efforts by not bearing their fair share of the burden.
Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Institutes Center on Peace & Liberty.
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