Never not an embarrassment

Never not an embarrassment

Let's recap Donnie's Excellent Adventure in Brussels, shall we?

He gives a speech in which he excoriates Angela Merkel and Germany for being in Russia's hip pocket due to Europe's dependence on Russian energy products.

He, out of the blue, insists that NATO countries up their military outlays to 4% of GDP, claiming that the US spends 4.2% of its GDP on defense. (Narrator: No, it doesn't.)

And then, as he leaves the summit, he claims everything is good with the alliance and that NATO heads of government are seeing things his way, agreeing to his demand for an increase in military spending. Of course, they agreed to no such thing.

At this point, it's beyond irrefutable, based on circumstantial evidence, that Trump is an active asset of Russian intelligence. There's no other explanation for his actions. Someone like him could care less about NATO, and the path of least resistance would be to just go along with the status quo of seven decades. But the fact that he goes out of his way and strives to divide the alliance shows that his actions are premeditated. No American president before him has threatened the structures of the post-WW2 Western security structure as he has.

Now, of course, he may be doing this because he's a narcissistic sociopath. And that does play into it. But it's hard not to gather that there are other reasons for his actions, among them some sort of debt he owes to Russia. Even Richard Nixon didn't undermine America's alliances.

When fifty Republican security experts signed an open letter warning that Donald Trump would be a danger to our alliance structure, this is what they were fearing. A combination of narcissism, delusion, and possible blackmail by Russia would combine to upend 70 years of American foreign policy. Trump sees this foreign policy only through the scrim of what it does for him, not for the good of the state.

This summit could have gone worse. He could have pulled out of NATO. But it went badly enough.



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