Offbeat Trump's way: Treating allies like enemies and enemies like allies

18:26  12 july  2018
18:26  12 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

In Pointed Letters, Trump Demands More Defense Spending From NATO Allies

  In Pointed Letters, Trump Demands More Defense Spending From NATO Allies The letters, which went out last month, are the latest sign of acrimony between Mr. Trump and American allies as he heads to a NATO summit meeting next week in Brussels.WASHINGTON — President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies, including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada, taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance.

Trump ' s berating of allies and embrace of enemies might make sense if there were some kind of grand strategic plan behind it, but it's hard to discern one. And is attacking America's NATO allies smart? If anyone can supply a meaningful rationale for this, I'd like to hear it.

Trump ’ s berating of allies and embrace of enemies might make sense if there were some kind of grand strategic plan behind it, but it’s hard to discern one. And is attacking America’s NATO allies smart? If anyone can supply a meaningful rationale for this, I’d like to hear it.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) © Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

British soldier Lance Corporal Jamie Webb, 24, died from the blast of a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan in March, 2013.

Canadian Master Corporal Byron Greff, 28, died in a suicide bombing in Kabul in 2011.

Those are just two of the names of the many hundreds of dead soldiers from NATO countries who have fought in Afghanistan to defend the United States.

European Council President: U.S. 'won't have a better ally' than EU

  European Council President: U.S. 'won't have a better ally' than EU President of the European Council Donald Tusk sent a message to President Donald Trump via Twitter."U.S. doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China," Tusk wrote on Twitter after tagging Trump's account.

Ahead of the Russian Helsinki summit, Trump treats his allies like dirt and his enemies like friends. “I was convinced that the only way I’d get the deal done was to shame them into doing it,” he wrote of one deal he was trying to close.

Trump ' s berating of allies and embrace of enemies might make sense if there were some kind of grand strategic plan behind it, but it's hard to discern one. And is attacking America's NATO allies smart? If anyone can supply a meaningful rationale for this, I'd like to hear it.

It is the first and only war waged under NATO's Article 5 collective defense obligation that an attack on one member country is an attack on all its members. That war was, of course, triggered by an attack on President Donald Trump's hometown of New York on September 11, 2001.

The total number of dead soldiers in Afghanistan from the United Kingdom is 455, from Canada, it is 158, from France, 86 and from Germany, 54.

Yet Trump is constantly berating NATO allies for not paying enough for their own defense, as if their blood spilled on the battlefield is meaningless.

The contrast of NATO allies' support for the United States in Afghanistan and the behavior of Russia is both striking and telling. In March, the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, told the BBC that Russian weapons were being smuggled to the Taliban and that they "provide some degree of support to the Taliban." (Russia has denied these allegations).

McCain rips Trump: NATO actions 'disappointing' but not surprising

  McCain rips Trump: NATO actions 'disappointing' but not surprising Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday blasted President Trump's rhetoric at the NATO summit, calling it "disappointing" and not representative of the United States. "There is little use in parsing the president's misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man. Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance and [NATO], and it is clear that our allies still believe in us as well," McCain said in a statement.

Mr. Trump ’ s nixing of the deal won’t do America much good with the rest of the world, either. Important allies and partners, like South Korea, Japan and India, greatly reduced their reliance on Iranian oil in service to the negotiations that produced the nuclear agreement.

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Yet Trump continues to treat Russian President Vladimir Putin like a peer, rather than a pariah who controls a gangster state that orders the assassinations of enemies in countries that are close American allies such as the United Kingdom. Just this week, a woman in England died from exposure to Novichok, a nerve agent, which is only produced by Russia.

Departing for his trip to the NATO summit and then on to the UK, Trump on Tuesday said, "I have NATO. I have the UK, which is in, somewhat, turmoil. And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?" Who would have thunk, indeed.

Yup, it's just so much easier to deal with Putin, who invades neighboring countries at the drop of a hat, attempts to swing American elections as a matter of routine, and has political opponents jailed and even killed.

At the same time that he is bromancing Putin, Trump is dumping on America's closest allies. Last month he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "very dishonest" and "weak."

Flake: Trump’s flattery of Putin ‘simply bizarre,’ ‘unconscionable’

  Flake: Trump’s flattery of Putin ‘simply bizarre,’ ‘unconscionable’ GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) lashed out at President Trump's warmer stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday and questioned why the two are meeting one-on-one next week."Singing his praises for no good reason sends a terrifying message to our allies. Flattering such a man is simply bizarre. That the admiration comes from an American president, well, that is unconscionable," Flake said during a Senate floor speech. Trump and Putin are expected to meet Monday in Helsinki. Flake questioned why the two were meeting without staff noting that the "world seems to be hanging in the balance.

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On Wednesday at the opening of the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump made the absurd claim that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia."

There was, of course, a time when that was true, when the Soviet Union lorded it over communist East Germany. It's precisely because of the NATO alliance that stood up to the Soviet Union that, today, East and West Germany are a unified liberal democracy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, jabbed back at Trump on Wednesday, saying, "I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany."

Trump's berating of allies and embrace of enemies might make sense if there were some kind of grand strategic plan behind it, but it's hard to discern one. Trump has slapped tariffs on European imports such as steel and aluminum, and the Europeans are increasing their own retaliatory tariffs on American products such as motorcycles and orange juice.

Is a trade war with the EU really a smart idea? Hardly, since the EU is the world's largest trading bloc, considerably larger than the United States or China.

And is attacking America's NATO allies smart? If anyone can supply a meaningful rationale for this, I'd like to hear it.

Finally, is embracing Putin smart? That question kinda answers itself.

Chris Wallace asks Putin why so many of his political enemies 'end up dead' .
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Monday pushed Russian President Vladimir Putin after the leader brushed off the death of his political enemies. Wallace sat down with the Russian leader in Helsinki, Finland, and asked how come "so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin are attacked?"He was referring to the recent nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom and the fatal 2015 shooting of Putin's political opponent Boris Nemtsov."Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals," Putin told the Fox News host.

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