Will you send your son or daughter to die for autocratic Turkey? Then why is the United States committed to defending this nation if any other country attacks it?
To be effective, NATO needs the support of the American people. That means no more regime-change, occupations, or long term nation-building missions.
Critiques rest on false assumptions about the role of NATO. These are enabled by its success at achieving its objectives.
Republicans aren’t abandoning their party or surrendering to the Democrats. But neither should they feel compelled to defend the indefensible on Russia.
Europe is the beneficiary of the insurance policy that Americans pay, since a majority of NATO members do not have any significant investment in defense.
Despite the hand-wringing and remonstrations about what President Trump did and did not say to Putin, there is much to contend with between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.
The old willingness to ‘pay any price, bear any burden’ is waning. There is no reason we should subsidize others’ luxuries, let alone when we have so many problems at home.
Article 5’s commitment to common defense means nothing if other NATO members aren’t making, or actively trying to make, their contributions to the club.
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